LGD Gaming’s jungler Xiang “Condi” Ren-Jie has been issued an 18-month competitive ban following investigations about gambling and match fixing within the team. The punishment comes after Condi admitted himself to LPL officials that he was coerced into throwing matches.
Condi’s initial rule violation included him “providing information and assisting others to influence fair competition and attempt to influence the game or its outcomes by means of prohibited behavior” during the 2019 LPL season. While the game or the tournament were not mentioned by either the player, LGD management, or LPL officials, information among industry insiders hint that Condi bet on one of LGD’s games in the NEST 2019 tournament — an annual Chinese event that grants seeds to Demacia Cup.
According to Condi, what happened next is an unnamed person familiar with his Condi’s behavior — likely LGD’s League of Legends manager, Song “Hesitate” Zi-Yang, judging by the wording of LPL’s official punishment and the player’s own statement — approached Condi, pressuring him to fix matches in the LPL. “I firmly rejected them and reported it to the club,” Condi wrote in his official apology.
Condi himself denied to having participated in any matchfixing.
Having heard the admission, LPL management issued an 18-man competitive ban to Condi, which will be in effect until December 2020. As for manager Hesitate, he will not be allowed to ever return to competitive League of Legend and has been permanently banned from the scene.
Condi’s full statement:
“I want to shed some light on why am I not in the starting line-up for today’s match (LGD vs FPX). I violated the [gambling] rule in one match I played in due to my impulses. At that time, I really hoped that we could win, and it was my first and the only time to do such a thing. However, I never tried to lose the game deliberately and was never involved in match-fixing. I played every game to the best of my abilities and all I was thinking about was to win.
That being said, what I did was wrong and I am truly aware of it. After that, someone tried to blackmail me with what I did, demanding me to play fixed matches. I firmly rejected them and reported it to the club. Now I am waiting for the final decision and I’m ready to take full responsibility for my mistakes. Therefore, I will not be in the starting line-up for today’s match and I hope everything goes well for my teammates.
Thanks to all of you for your caring. I will focus on practice these days and spend time to review my mistake.”
Actions from LGD
Following the incident, LGD Gaming have ended the contract with the guilty parties. The team has ended the contracts of Condi and Hesitate. Two more players from LGD’s academy team — Tang “1ntruder” Sheng and Fu “Fdy” Ding-Yuan — who’ve also been accused of match fixing, have also been fired.
“The club accepts and upholds the zero tolerance penalty,” LGD wrote in their apology. “From now on, the club will proceed to strengthen its self-examination, improve the supervision and management systems, and resolutely put an end to such incidents.”
Not the first match fixing in the East
Condi’s case is another instance of match fixing plaguing the Eastern scene, particularly China and Taiwan. In April, LMS team Dragon Gate was removed from the league for match fixing, after several players and managers were caught manipulating game outcomes in the league. Just five days later after this incident, Rogue Warriors’ LDL team — RW Shark — had to forfeit their LDL Spring Playoffs spot after three of their players were found guilty of the same crime.
An early version of the article stated a few speculations as facts. The article has been changed to reflect that.
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