Riot has banned 16 Oceanic League of Legends players for infractions ranging from toxicity to account sharing. That’s 40 per cent of the Oceanic Challenger Series’ eight-team league.
In a statement today, Riot says they will work with the compromised teams “to ensure they can continue to compete in the OCS”. With three players banned for the full year and a half dozen for 2017’s first split, several teams, especially SIN Academy, will be under quite a bit more pressure to perform.
Most players were banned for “boosting”, or playing on another person’s account to boost their rank or status. It’s a way of pocketing a few extra bucks on the side of tournament earnings. “Boosting” in the OPL has been a problem for at least a year in part because of the negligible salaries Oceanic players earn. Last year, players’ salaries were doubled from $US3000 ($3930) to $US6000 ($7860), which still isn’t enough to make ends meet.
Perhaps team leaders — and especially SIN Academy’s — should consider why 10 OCS players were “boosting” in the first place. But for toxicity or harassment, there’s no excuse.