The League of Legends World Championship Semifinals has ended but the drama appears to be continuing. In one of the streams posted by Riot Games, fans watching at home reportedly stated that they witnessed some of the team members from World Elite physically turning their heads to view the mini map of the other team, but this was not the only encounter of cheating viewed by the audiences at home.

Reports came with evidence of players from TSM and Azubu Frost checking out the other team’s mini map while during a pause in the match.

However, at the time Riot Games eSports coordinator/referee RiotTiza responded in the forums with this statement:

We keep a constant watch on all the players on stage at all times. We have cameras as well as live people walking onto stage to keep tabs in everything. All players are told that they need to remain sitting, facing forward, and with headphones on at all times, including during pauses. I can personally confirm that no WE player looked at the minimap at any point during the match.

Players make eye contact on stage fairly regularly. Team WE in particular talked directly to each other a good amount. A single, limited camera view with a field of a few feet is not enough to determine where a someone is looking on a cross-stage scale. We directly monitor players to assure this is not the case, and maintained due diligence at all times over the course of the event.

With the additional evidence hitting the web and players like TSM’s Dyrus tweeting that he had cheated after finding out the other team had cheated, VP of eSports Dustin Beck quickly jumped into the forums.


In hindsight, the potential visibility of minimap screens for players was a mistake. Despite on-site referees, close monitoring of player cams backstage, and stage design that ensured players would have to turn more than 90 degrees to be able to catch a glimpse of the minimaps, even the possibility of unfair play was simply unacceptable. We’re taking steps to ensure the minimap screens are not visible to players.

We are re-examining photos, videos and renders of the stage layout to definitively understand sight lines between the players on-stage and the minimaps overhead. We’re taking it a step further moving forward to completely ensure the screens aren’t visible to players.

So now the question is whether the temptation to see the mini map was Riot’s fault, the fault of professional gamers, or both? Leave a comment below letting us know what you think.

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  • stevenkw

    Why not put them in a booth?

    • Alejandro Daniel Peregrina

      It makes them part of the crowd! At least that’s Riot’s reason.

    • jayremy

       they just need to obstruct there view. But still there should really be some exclusion.

  • Chris Lytle

    so does this mean TSM and AF r going 2 replay?

    • Wade D McGinnis

       As far as anyone knows, the rematches will only be for the ones that had technical issues.

      • Chris Lytle

         ahh ok…

  • Nhat Hao Bui

    The World Championship hasn’t ended yet by the way.

  • Composure

    Is this breaking an actual rule? I may be 100% wrong, but it seems like they’re just taking advantage of poor planning by Riot.

  • HallusH

    riot still needs to learn from valve. instead of showing how bad the event executed even with loads of money from thier pocket.
    have better planned tournaments stage booths to prevent any possible cheating.
    tools to prevent the lack of Lan option from making the whole event looks like few dudes run a lan event at home. instead of “look we have ads everywhere and all this prize money”. atleast they prove to be a lol event

  • Revanhavoc

    It’s only human nature, what these players did.

    The hosts of the tournament have to be responsible for fairness in competition.

    As the Oakland Raiders used to say:

    “If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying!”

  • Rasmus Nielsen

    Disqualify them, cheaters should never ever be allowed to win any money

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  • Verner Saaristo

    The organizers should think twice before placing the players so they can take a gander at the opposite side’s screens or look at the big screen

  • Azimov Valinor

    Reminds me of an old exam saying.
    “You can look up for inspiration, down in desperation, but don’t look side to side for information.” 

    • Jado Cast

      haha, that’s good, never heard of that before.

    • Wade D McGinnis

       Lol great saying.

  • IPoke

    The video doesn’t load for me:(

  • David Alcon

    What about privacy screens like you find in offices or banks on public terminals?

    • Wade D McGinnis

      You would think.

  • Jado Cast

    Keep the LOL vids coming.  Maybe James can host his own show?  Come on Gary!  You know you want to.  :)

    • Wade D McGinnis

       Thanks man!

  • Henrik Emil Abrahamsen

    No delay on the big screen or on minimap is retarded. They can exploit several factors, like watching the crowds reaction. WE knew when CLG did baron because the entire audience where screaming their hearths out. And at one point one team invaded the other teams brush, but the oposite team didnt facecheck like he usually does because the audience was going “AKAMAGOSHHH DONT DO IT!” The sound isolation on those headphones might be stellar, but you can see the crowd as well…

  • Kyle Bohannon

    easiest way to fix this (if they continually want to put minimaps within view) is to dq them and give the win to the other team. if that wouldnt crack down on screen watching i dont know what would.

  • Covex

    Riot do what dota 2 international did, make it a close stage with sound prof rooms

  • Kyle Juza

    2 rooms, one team in each room. problem solved.

  • Eaker82

    I don’t think it’s there fault. If you make it easy to look at the other team then cheating will happen. I mean how much are wall divisions and such? its not hard to make something to block people.