We write in response to the recent controversy of a certain amateur team’s possible participation in elo boosting accounts.
First, the suspicion that Riot Games granted permission and tolerated the amateur team’s elo boosting is completely false. We at Riot Games do not allow elo boosting no matter what the circumstance may be.
In order to prevent elo boosting that has negatively affected many players’ experience, those who requested for elo boosting and those who provided the service are already subject to Riot Games’ strict measures and will be punished accordingly. Also, we have been requesting individuals who were providing the elo boosting services to stop their activities.
In this process, we have requested the mentioned elo boosting website in the controversy to stop its activity and have received a notice from the owner that the website will be shut down.
Apart from his involvement with elo boosting, the owner of the website revealed to us his desire to create an amateur team and ensured us that he will not have players elo boost and will not recruit players known to elo boost.
In response, we clearly told the owner of the website that his past involvement with elo boosting can become a problem in managing his team in the future.
Even with our warning, the mentioned owner went on to create an amateur team (translator’s note: this team is Monster Gaming) and we feel regret that the players in the amateur team are suspected of elo boosting.
We assure you that the mentioned amateur team does not have any influence over Riot Games and that the suspicion of Riot Games allowing the team to elo boost is completely false. Elo boosting is a problem that can not only lead to criminal charges, but also is something that diminishes fair play in the game. In order to foster a healthy environment for gaming, it is our clear policy to put in all our efforts to prevent elo boosting and there will be no compromises or exceptions.
If the recent controversy of the amateur team’s elo boosting is confirmed to be true, the involved players and everyone else who participated will be punished accordingly.
(1st time offender will receive 30-day suspension, 2nd time offenders will receive permanent suspension and bans from every e-sports tournaments.)
However, in order to minimize the concerns of you summoners, Riot Games will carefully review the degree of the elo boosting participation and the possibility of an external coercion before deciding the punishments for the individuals involved.
From now on, any players or individuals involved in elo boosting will not be allowed to participate in any tournaments hosted by Riot Games. Also, we will cooperate with KeSPA, NiceGameTV, and OnGameNet to strengthen our policy.
We promise once again that we will continue to foster a healthy gaming environment and continue to put in our efforts in developing the e-sports scene for League of Legends.