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LCS Competition Rulings: EU Elo-Boosters

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bitingpig

Senior eSports Manager

03-18-2013

Region: Europe
Date: March 19, 2013
Subject: Elo-Boosting
Players:

  • Viktor “Cowtard” Stymne
  • Jon “Jimbz“ Mangas Cayetano
  • Dan “NeeGodBro” Van Vo
  • Rim-Ramon “Nono” Amanieu
  • Jérémy “ViRtU4l “ Petit
  • Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim


An investigation has determined that six LCS European pro players have been engaged in Elo-boosting. These violations occurred as early as the middle of Season Two and some have continued until recently.

Relevant Rules:
The Summoner's Code establishes the standards of conduct for all League of Legends players and establishes the importance of exercising good sportsmanship and upholding principles of good behavior.

The League of Legends Terms of Use prohibits players from sharing, transferring, selling or trading user accounts and/or login credentials.

Definition of Elo-Boosting:
“Elo-boosting” is the repetitive and intentional act of an individual playing on someone else’s account (a “client”) for the purpose of artificially improving the client’s Elo rating. There is no minimum number of games required to be played, nor a minimum amount of Elo gain necessary to qualify as Elo-boosting. An attempt to boost Elo need not be successful in order to qualify as a rule violation.

The following also constitutes Elo-boosting:
  • Playing on a less-skilled player’s account while the less-skilled player accompanies you in duo-queue games.

The following does not constitute Elo-boosting:
  • Permanently transferring a high-Elo account to a less-skilled player. This is illegal, but it’s in the nature of account-sharing and/or account-selling, not account-boosting.

Analysis:
Elo-boosting damages the interests of players of all skill levels because it cheats the internal matchmaking system of League of Legends. Boosting leads to less-skilled players confronting a far superior opponent (the booster) during the boost and also leads to less-skilled clients being placed onto higher-skilled teams after the boost has been completed.

The EU investigation identified seven pro players who played repeatedly on the accounts of their clients and boosted their Elo ratings. The most severe cases involved players boosting more than 100 games for individual client. Two different EU pros each lifted the Elo ratings of individual clients more than 800 points each.

There is no way to know whether an Elo-booster performed a boost for money or other consideration, but all boosts are viewed as wrong. The individuals who are subject to this ruling are:



Penalties:
With respect to the pro players named above and all of their clients, the Player Support / Player Behavior division has:

1. Issued 14-day suspensions of their accounts, effective immediately;
2. Revoked all Season Two rewards (see http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/news/season-2-rewards-and-ratings-changes).

In terms of LCS competition penalties, the pro players named above are hereby given a final warning with regard to Elo-boosting. Any further infractions will result in a permanent account ban and corresponding penalties, as deemed appropriate by LCS.


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Dragon King Rob

Recruiter

03-19-2013

Good job


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Talzius

Recruiter

03-19-2013

Well done Riot ^^


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Nikkibenz

Senior Member

03-19-2013

good to see you treat all players, even competitive ones, the same


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warlik86

Senior Member

03-19-2013

  • Playing on a less-skilled player’s account while the less-skilled player accompanies you in duo-queue games.

so if my friend has 2 accounts - his main wich is high elo and a smurf wich is the same elo as mine and we duoq so we can play togheter - thats elo boosting? >.>


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Saamer

Junior Member

03-19-2013

I think the punishment is too light.
So many people look up to these pros.
The actions of a pro player have a much much larger impact than the actions of a normal player, so equal treatment is not the way to go. A severe punishment is more suitable imo.


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foxyfennec

Senior Member

03-19-2013

Are you trying to say if we play with friends who have higher ELO we are breaking rules..?


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SteppenKat

Senior Member

03-19-2013

Quote:
warlik86:
  • Playing on a less-skilled player’s account while the less-skilled player accompanies you in duo-queue games.

so if my friend has 2 accounts - his main wich is high elo and a smurf wich is the same elo as mine and we duoq so we can play togheter - thats elo boosting? >.>


No, because you guys take the risk. It would be ELO boosting if he took your account and played with it by himself.

Queing with a smurf isn't boosting because you don't "cheat" the matchmaking system, it places you against balanced teams.


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warlik86

Senior Member

03-19-2013

Quote:
SteppenKat:
No, because you guys take the risk. It would be ELO boosting if he took your account and played with it by himself.

Queing with a smurf isn't boosting because you don't "cheat" the matchmaking system, it places you against balanced teams.


The following also constitutes Elo-boosting:

Playing on a less-skilled player’s account while the less-skilled player accompanies you in duo-queue games

well according to my quote its elo boosting if a higher player thakes a low elo acc and duoq with some1... does this apply to f.e 2 friends wich play a LOT with eachother while one of them plays on HIS smurf?


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elmins

Senior Member

03-19-2013

If 2 high elos logged someone elses account + a smurf, they could easily raise the accounts elo to something it shouldn't be. If a high elo just played a smurf and the owner played his account, it would be much harder to get to a reasonable elo.
Although the point being that, in the first case, the player is getting rating purely because someone else on his account.

Didn't realise it was an offence though. I guess it should be to prevent scamming for money, ruining higher elo brackets, etc