Once again, Riot Games prove that a League of Legends issue is only prone to punishment and change, when the big names or the pros do it. This time, match-fixing is on the agenda.
Of course, we can't really blame them. After all, they have something to punish pros with, compared to the regular SoloQ players who do it for gambling and elo boosting. At least justice has been served.
League of Legends: Riot Suspends TAL Players
As they have recently explained, it would appear that there have been some bad apples mixed in the Turkish Academy League:
"Riot has identified 14 players from the Turkish Academy League (TAL) involved in breaches of the Turkish Championship League (TCL) rules by engaging in match-fixing, betting and/or ringing activities or having failed to report those during the TAL Spring and Summer split 2022."
At the end of the TAL spring split 2022, Riot have received complaints regarding the integrity of the matches in the League, and put their partner, Sportsradar on the job.
Upon conducting an investigation on fourteen players, twelve players were found guilty of breaking the TCL Rule Guidebook, and have received appropriate punishments.
Of the punished players, the longest suspension is being served by Efehan “361efe” Ordulu for five years from all official Riot-sanctioned competitions. The sanction will be applied retroactively taking into account the time he already served during the provisional suspension and will be valid from 30 May 2022 to 29 May 2027.
On the other hand, the shortest suspension is served by Enes “Secondate” Çelik. As he had breached the TCL Rulebook in connection with his duty to report his high suspicion of other TAL players ringing a match for betting purposes, his sentence was short in any case.
As the sanction will be applied retroactively taking into account the time he already served during the provisional suspension since 30 May 2022, he is no longer serving a ban.
The full list of suspensions is as follows:
|Player Name||Regulation Breach||Sentence Length|
|Efehan “361efe” Ordulu||Breached art. 10.1.5, 10.2.13 and 10.2.15 TCL Rulebook||5 years|
|Ahmet Ömer “chr1sz” Mutlu||Breached art. 10.2.13 and 10.2.15 TCL Rulebook||4 years|
|Eyüp “Crasia” Oğur||Breached art. 10.2.13 TCL Rulebook||3 years|
|Serhat Kaan “CrawL” Hitay||Breached art. 10.2.13 TCL Rulebook||3 years|
|Eren “Dellal” Tanrıkulu||No breach||No suspension|
|Oğuzhan “Oguzkhan” Delihasanoğlu||Breached art. 10.2.13 TCL Rulebook||3 years|
|Alperen “Poguee” Sakallı||Breached art. 10.2.13 TCL Rulebook||4 years|
|Enes “Secondate” Çelik||Breached art. 10.2.7 and 10.2.18 TCL Rulebook||5 months|
|Ali “SunShine” Aslan||Breached art. 10.1.5 TCL Rulebook||10 months|
|Bedirhan “Cape” Çalışkan||Breached art. 10.2.7 and 10.1.5 TCL Rulebook||20 months|
|Bedirhan “Joexy” Kalkan||Breached art. 10.2.7 TCL Rulebook||No suspension|
|Muhammet “Momer” Omer||Breached art. 10.1.5 TCL Rulebook||10 months|
|Yigit “Lenom” Kantar||Breached art. 10.1.5 and 10.2.15 TCL Rulebook||13 months|
|Cengizhan “Merciless” Teker||Breached art. 10.1.5 TCL Rulebook||10 months|
Riot considered that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Eren “Dellal” Tanrıkulu and Bedirhan “Joexy” Kalkan had breached the TCL Rulebook from the above allegations.
Consequently, Riot decided to lift the provisional suspension with immediate effect for Eren, while Bedirhan never had any, and issue a reminder letter to both about their duties under the TCL Rulebook.