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'League of Legends' World Championship faces cheating allegations

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$2 million on the line

Two million dollars in prize money is on the line after League of Legends World Championship tournament viewers claimed that players cheated during the competition, which took place this past weekend.

The match was aired on a big screen between two teams, with each team's mini maps displayed on either side. Competitors were instructed to face forward at all times, but viewers at home noticed that some players failed to obey these instructions, with a World Elite player turning his head to the side, allegedly sneaking peeks at the opponent's mini map.

A forum post on the League of Legends community site highlighted at least two occasions when the competitor turned his head to the side to look at the mini maps. In the video (provided by the forum users), this can be seen at 8:38 minutes and 27:51 minutes.

Riot Games' e-sports coordinator RiotTiza, who was lead referee for the tournament, released the following statement:

"We keep a constant watch on all the players on stage at all times. We have cameras as well as live people walking onto stage to keep tabs in everything. All players are told that they need to remain sitting, facing forward, and with headphones on at all times, including during pauses. I can personally confirm that no WE player looked at the minimap at any point during the match."