After two days of smooth sailing during the World Playoffs, Day 3 was disappointing. We’ve spent today investigating and reviewing the problems, and I’d like to go through and address some of the community’s big concerns surrounding yesterday’s issues.
In hindsight, the potential visibility of minimap screens for players was a mistake. Despite on-site referees, close monitoring of player cams backstage, and stage design that ensured players would have to turn more than 90 degrees to be able to catch a glimpse of the minimaps, even the possibility of unfair play was simply unacceptable. We’re taking steps to ensure the minimap screens are not visible to players.
We are re-examining photos, videos and renders of the stage layout to definitively understand sight lines between the players on-stage and the minimaps overhead. We’re taking it a step further moving forward to completely ensure the screens aren’t visible to players.
Forward-facing camera angles can be misleading and we want to make sure everyone has the full picture before drawing any conclusions. This is something that we believe requires a comprehensive investigation but we absolutely understand why it’s cause for alarm.
In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of the two primary minimap incidents we’ve been reviewing:
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Those are the primary incidents that have been reported, but we are also investigating other alleged instances. More importantly, we are taking steps to completely ensure the screens are not visible to players at the conclusion of the Playoffs and Finals.
Hardware and connection issues are harder to prepare for. Video cards can explode. Network cables can short out. Headsets can die. While we can pause and restore games, if any of those things happen in the middle of a teamfight, it will impact the course of the game dramatically. Long-term, we know we need better solutions for this and it is a priority.
Regarding yesterday’s connection failures, we had a string of issues including a power failure, and two internet connectivity incidents we are continuing to investigate. It sucks that this happened, but we’re going to dive deep into the root cause to see if there are any other redundancies that could safeguard against this in the future.
We’re trying to deliver an extraordinary experience for viewers, and yesterday didn’t live up to our goals. We’re going to take everything we’ve learned from the Playoffs and strive to make the remainder of the Quarter- and Semifinals, as well as the Finals, as great as we can make them.
In the long run, looking to season 3 and beyond, we’re always learning and we’re reading all your feedback and taking it to heart. We believe the most important concern here is about fairness, and we’re going to do everything we can to preserve that moving forward.
League of Legends as an eSport is young, and we’re learning a lot with each event. This is the run-up to our Super Bowl, and we’ve really been pouring our blood, sweat and tears into it. We’re as disappointed as you are that yesterday had so many issues, but we’re committed to improving, so that’s what we’re going to try to do.
Right now we’re focused on setting up the conclusion of the Playoffs, and we’ll have more details on that shortly.
Thanks for responding to this event but please be a role model and don't be vague in your explanation and don't lie to us by twisting your words, and making RIOT look like an innocent victim.
WATCH THE CAMERAMAN CATCH AZUBU FROST LOOKING AT THE MINI MAP DURING THE GAME THAT WAS IN PROGRESS.
Explain to me why is WOONG looking at the screen, he knows they are top lane and he is bot lane and cant be ganked, look at his posture he is clam and relaxed and glancing at the screen twice when the game is going ON, BEFORE THE PAUSE, explain this NOT AFTER THE PAUSE. ALSO EXPLAIN ABOUT THE BLIND PING ON THE LOCATION OF TSM, I mean if you know which way they are going certainly you know there path which means he knew they were in that area.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, dont avoid the suitation just because you are wrong. People will respect Riot if they admit there mistakes and that Frost was cheating. WE are not stupid so dont treat us the players like that. We are not just people playing the game, we are the foundation of your community and League of legends, dont make it crumble. Keep esports growing and truthful.
HONOR AND RESPECT OVER MONEY AND LIES