That’s right, over a dozen.

After a day of merriment and rejoicing over the announcement of MSI’s venture into Brazil and World’s debut in China, Riot Games served out sixteen punishments to League of Legends pros that served as a harsh reminder that it’s not just traditional sports (Or Korean StarCraft II) that is at risk for foul play.

“Following a series of formal investigations into a number of violations of the League of Legends Terms of Use, a total of 16 Oceanic players have been issued bans from competing in the OCS,” wrote Riot’s Loote, “The violations include negative behaviour, account sharing and boosting, the subsequent bans range in severity and vary by player.”

The investigation was described as “a routine part of any competitive season” and were not triggered by any tips or suspicions the company may have had. The investigations were performed by officials who specialize in the Oceanic Challenger Series but, due to the roster lock-in date being set just a slim two days before the start of the Spring Split, the time taken to review each case took a significantly longer time than past investigations. As a result, Riot promises to alter the deadlines for future seasons.

The team most affected by the list of bans is undeniably Team Regicide, who has had four of five members of their roster issued temporary bans, including substitute and analyst Milos “Milky” Mladenovic. The full list of bans is as follows:

Name Team Reason Ban Length
Dmitry “Bdoink” Botov Team Noxide Negative Behavior 2 Competitive Weeks
Milos “Milky” Mladenovic Team Regicide Negative Behavior 2 Competitive Weeks
Andrew “biwaC” Licata Outlaws Negative Behavior 2 Competitive Weeks
Jordan “Only” Middleton Tainted Minds Blue Account Sharing 2 Competitive Weeks
Alex “Nana” Kang Outlaws Account Sharing 2 Competitive Weeks
Kevin “Syh” Su Team Regicide Account Sharing 2 Competitive Weeks
Morgan “Vans” Khuu Outlaws Account Boosting 2017 Competitive Season
Klavik “kalroc” Raajendran Legacy Genesis Account Boosting 2017 Sring Split
Cameron “iSupervise” Douglas Legacy Genesis Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Adem “Panda” Tontu Team Regicide Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Jaeung “Illusion” Han Team Regicide Account Boosting 2017 Competitive Season
Ryan “Swathe” Gibbons SIN Academy Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Ari “Shok” Greene-Young SIN Academy Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Daniel “Decoy” Ealam SIN Academy Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Oren “Oza64” Hipwell Corvidae Account Boosting 2017 Spring Split
Luke “Luke” Duske Tainted Minds Blue Account Boosting 2017 Competitive Season

That is a lot of players to ban, leaving several teams scrambling to fill their empty roles in order to continue through the first season of 2017. Thankfully, Riot will be assisting these teams with finding suitable talent until their players (Assuming they aren’t released from their organizations) are able to jump back into the fray.

These aren’t the first gamers to be banned from their competitive scene this month, unfortunately. Just last week, Lunatic-Hai’s Lee Tae Jun and Geum “Dean” Dong-geun were barred from participating in OGN’s Apex Season 2,  one of the most prominent Overwatch circuits in the world, due to flirting online with several fans.

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