38 LPL and LDL Players Caught in Matchfixing Scandal
A matchfixing scandal investigation in League of Legends has led to 38 LPL and LDL players being either suspended or banned. A few even received a lifetime ban. Only a few LPL players were punished, but more interesting is that 35 LDL players, managers, and coaches were punished for matchfixing. Entire teams were punished, which is horrifying. The punishments to the LPL players were lighter but given at least one of these players was coerced/forced into matchfixing, that can be perhaps understood. What do we know?
38 Players, Caught In Shenanigans
One day perhaps, we’ll see fewer players cheating. It seems like we’re seeing a lot of matchfixing scandals, and it’s leaked even into the LPL. As far as the LPL players who were caught in the matchfixing scandal, Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo, (FPX, Jungler), Wang “Teeen” Yao-Ji (ThunderTalk, Support), Xiang “bless” Yi-Tong (ThunderTalk, Jungler) have all been suspended. Bo and Teeen both received 4-month suspensions, and bless received a 12-month suspension.
However, the LDL is in a far more dire situation. Having 35 players, coaches, and managers in the LDL says a lot about how rife the League of Legends scene is with cheating. For example, the entire Sheng Jie Gaming roster was suspended. Wang “Spunk” Zhi-Peng and 11 more players, coaches and managers in the LDL were given lifetime bans.
Perhaps the reason for Bo’s smaller punishment (alongside the other LPL players in the matchfixing scandal) is that his coming out broke this case wide open. Back on February 22nd, FPX’s Bo admitted that he was coerced into matchfixing in his time in the LDL. The LDL apparently has a very serious problem with matchfixing, it seems. Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo posted an official apology today, translated courtesy of iCrystalization:
“I’ve always yearned to play in the LPL. After I joined FPX in 2021, all the team members took care of me, this inexperienced newcomer. I learned a lot of things in the five series we played together. This has been the happiest moment of my professional career. I’m so sorry I disappointed everyone who cared for me and believed in me. And I’m so sorry I betrayed the trust of the FPX organization and my team members. I won’t avoid the mistakes I made in the LDL. I will bear all the responsibilities I ought to bear, and repent for my mistakes. It’s my dream to become a proplayer. I beg the League, the organization and all my friends for forgiveness. I hope they can give me a chance to turn over a new leaf. I’m really sorry!”
Frankly, this writer feels pretty bad for Bo in this situation. Normally, there isn’t a lot of sympathy for matchfixers, but if coerced, forced into doing something like this, that’s got to be an incredibly hard situation to be in. Hopefully, this incident is not repeated, and Bo can resume his place on the FPX roster in four months. There has to be way to combat this sort of thing in esports, but we unfortunately do not have the answer.