Two teams from China’s development league LDL have suspended their matches for suspicious behaviour.
LDL is once again having another problem with match-fixing or throwing issues between their teams. The LDL has a notorious history with allegations of match-fixing, the largest and most recent one starting last spring when former FPX player Zhou ‘Bo’ Yang-bo himself reported activities in the lower leagues. As a result, Bo was suspended from the LPL, and the entire LDL was suspended on 16 March as they opened an investigation, and more than 30 players were temporarily handed over, and in some cases suspended. Was banned for life.
Now the league is facing another scandal as an incident took place on 10 July in one of their latest matches, Team Orange v Twelve. The game, in which TWELVE was close to 15k gold, with Dragon Souls and Baron in the 25th minute but still lost, can still be viewed on the Chinese site Bilibili.
After officials noticed some unusual behavior of the teams during the game, they decided to go ahead and investigate the matter. To allow this, future games of both the teams will be postponed until the investigation is over. However, this will affect only the above teams and rest of the scheduled LPL will carry forward the same.
Translated text (from u/Cahootie on Reddit)
The League of Legends professional competition discipline management team discovered possible abnormalities after TEAM ORANGE played against TWELVE in the LDL on 10 July, and immediately established a special team to investigate the relevant situation. To ensure the fairness of the competition, the league has decided that all team games and TWELVE games will be postponed going forward, and specific schedule adjustments will be announced after the investigation is complete. The rest of the LDL matches will continue as normal, thanks to the summoners for your understanding.
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