SEA Team Disqualified From $70,000 Chinese Tournament After Match-Fixing Suspicions
- Malaysian team RISE Esports has been disqualified from the Huya World E-sports Legendary League.
- The tournament organizers suspected and eventually concluded that the team was intentionally playing "passively".
- The team was awarded a technical defeat in all its matches and a permanent ban has been placed on its players for all future Huya World competitions.
The Huya World E-sports Legendary League featuring some of the top teams in SEA including TNC Predator, Fnatic and BOOM Esports as well as a few Tier 2 Chinese teams with a $70,000 prize pool, has been taking place since 2nd June. 5 teams were directly invited to this tournament. While 7 others (4 from SEA and 3 from China) had to make it through the qualifiers.
One of the teams who made it through the SEA qualifiers was RISE Esports, a Malaysian Dota 2 team. Previously this team secured a 3rd place finish in Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 Malaysia Finals winning RM 5,000 (~$1,171 USD).
The Match-Fixing Allegations
RISE Esports played four games in the group stages of the Huya World E-sports Legendary League.
- The team lost two of their matches 2-0 against TNC Predator and BOOM Esports.
- However, they beat Chinese team Ocean 2-0.
- They tied their series 1-1 against fellow Malaysian team Dota Hero.
According to VPEsports, the tournament organizers announced via Weibo stating that the team’s matches were suspicious and after investigating players’ behaviour they concluded that RISE Esports was intentionally playing “passively” in multiple games and hence were forced to disqualify them from this tournament.
The tournament organizers also awarded the team a technical defeat in all its matches and placed a permanent ban on its players for all future Huya World competitions.
RISE Esports could not be reached for their comments on this matter.
The Huya World E-sports Legendary League takes place from 2nd-12th June 2020. Teams from China and Southeast Asia are competing for a $70,000 prize pool.