Cheaters Never Prosper – aL Admits to Cheating in LoL

The fastest way to lose is by cheating to win.  That’s true in life, and now in League of Legends as well.  Earlier this week Absolute Legends NA team member George “Zekent” Liu posted an admission and apology for cheating during game 1 of a recent online season 3 qualifier against Team Dynamic.  Absolute Legends was being fed information about the game from spectating fans after a glitch in the game’s spectator mode left viewers watching the game as it happened, instead of watching with the normal 3 minute delay.  Members of Absolute Legends not only used the info provided by fans, but also actively asked for information regarding the game to take game 1 of the best-of-three series.  Spectator mode was disabled for the rest of the remaining games, and Team Dynamic ended up taking the series 2-1.


Obviously, a poor decision was made by Absolute Legends NA team members, and the game should have been restarted the moment the spectator bug was realized.  Sadly, that did not happen, and now the team members are paying the price for their dishonest actions.

Yesterday the Absolute Legends organization announced that it was parting ways with its North American team.  Absolute Legends C.O.O. Andreas Østergaard “Hammer” Hammer released the following statement:

“What transpired in the BO3 against Team Dynamic is completely unacceptable. We were excited about working with both RobertxLee and Zekent, and as you might have known we were in the process of signing additional players. Needless to say, recent events have led us to discontinue our affiliations with the team. aL as an organization had no knowledge that the cheating took place until the newspost on ggC, and we do not condone cheating in any way – regardless of which excuses there might be.I think it’s safe to say that most people wouldn’t expect this from them, but nevertheless it happened. We wish every single player the best for their future.”

Like it or not, when you do anything on a professional level, you become a role-model for others, and behavior like this is unacceptable.  The former Absolute Legends NA team members are accepting these consequences gracefully, and know that this punishment is warranted.  Only time will tell if the guys use this lesson to improve their lives and behavior in the future, and while I’m sad to see anyone lose a chance at their dream, I am glad that the cheating, even if it didn’t effect the overall outcome of the series, is not being tolerated.

What do you think?  Was Absolute Legends parting ways with the NA team justified, or should they have been given a second chance?