It has been a rough week for League of Legends ex-Rogue Warriors (RW for short) Jungler, Weiyan. Allegations arose stating that Weiyan has been conducting several illegal “incentivized” activities, one being match-fixing. RW had initially dropped him three days ago, seeing the dangers of what can unfold with their now ex-jungler. The team did not hesitate to report their findings to the League of Legends Pro League (the league in China, LPL for short). That was not the end of it, however.
Upon launching an investigation into the matter, the LPL banned the player for two years and fined RW a hefty three million Yuan ($422,749 or £339,194, for comparison). This is a warning shot to everyone in the LPL. After having won two back-to-back championships, the LPL are on top, and these kinds of situations will only create misunderstandings. They will continue to punish harshly to prove they are serious and dedicated to the pro scene. Here is the statement they posted on Twitter:
Weiyan made sure to tell his side of the story on the microblogging site known as Weibo. This is what he said about the situation, translated to English:
“I was doing nothing in my hometown during the Spring Festival. I lost a lot of money by playing cards with my friends, so I asked this person to borrow money. On February 28, this person found me and planned to let me play fake games and pay my deposit after the LPL started. At that time, I agreed as soon as my mind was hot, but in fact I did n’t collect it. Three days later I figured out and rejected him. The night before he played OMG, he called me again and asked me to play a fake match. Before he found me again, I rejected him again and deleted him, and then he threatened to report me. He lied to others and said that I cooperated with him and cheated money everywhere. I also helped the deceived person find him. If you do n’t return to me, you will have what happened today. This thing is my own thing, because I speak and play cards myself, and the club fired me, I confess, but I swear I have never played a fake match!”
It is unknown what is in store for Weiyan, but this current situation could very well be a career ending move. Only time will tell, but let this be a lesson to everyone: Esports has rules, and all professional players should try their very best to uphold them, or else.
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