Some of the best Southeast Asia teams are competing in the $70,000 Huya World E-sports Legendary League. The tournament features teams from SEA and China and while five squads received direct invites to the main event, the league had seven slots up for grabs through regional qualifiers, three given to China and four to SEA.
Unfortunately, the tournament is plagued with match-fixing allegations, which led to a Malaysian team being disqualified and permanently banned from participating in any events held by the Huya Network.
RISE Esports were one of the four teams that secured a spot to the event via SEA qualifiers. However, after their first matches in the main event group stage, the organizers announced via Weibo that the team’s matches were treated as suspicious and after investigating players’ behavior it became clear that they were intentionally playing passively.
“Based on our investigation, we have concluded that RISE Esports has exhibited passive behavior in multiple matches, and to ensure the fairness and competitiveness of the game, the event organizer has disqualified RISE Esports from the tournament and will place a permanent ban on them for all our future events. A big thank you to all our fans for supporting Huya World E-sports Legendary League. Let us protect the integrity of the esports competitive scene together.”
RISE Esports roster:
Huya World E-sports Legendary League main event kicked off its group play on the 2nd of June. RISE Esports haven’t not been replaced by another squad, instead all their matches are treated as default wins for their adversaries. RISE were seeded in GROUP B along with TNC Predator, BOOM Esports, Ocean, Team Sirius and Dotahero.
Southeast Asia juggernaut Fnatic, is fighting for a spot into the playoffs via Group A, alongside Reality Rift, Aster.Aries, LGD.International, Neon Esports and CLcombat Team.