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Match-fixing scandal in the TCL

Riot Games identifies 14 Turkish Academy League players involved in match-fixing

Riot Games have identified 14 players from the Turkish Academy League allegedly involved in rule breaches by engaging in match-fixing, betting , ringing activities or failure to report the breaches during the Turkish Academy League 2022 Spring and Summer split.

The majority of the players have received a suspension for their activities and will face a ban from participating in all Riot-affiliated competitions for a prolonged period of time. The length of the bans will depend on the severity of the committed breach of rules, ranging from 5 months to five years.

Of the 14 players named in the competitive ruling, 12 have received a suspension. In the case of the other two players, Riot ruled that they did not have sufficient evidence to suspend the players and instead “issue a written warning to remind them of their duties per the TCL rulebook”.

The full list of rule infractions, player rulings, and sentences

TCL Rulebook:

*For player bans, check below the Rulebook

  • TCL Rulebook 10.1.5.  Ringing, which is defined as playing using another Player’s account or solicitation to do so.
  • TCL Rulebook 10.2.7. If the League or Riot Games determine that a Team, Team Manager or Team Member has violated the Summoner’s Code, the League of Legends Terms of Use, or other rules of League of Legends, League Officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion. Furthermore, if a Team Manager/Member has committed rules violations, League Officials reserve the right to impose additional sanctions on that Team Manager/Member’s Team if it determines the Team was complicit or otherwise associated with the misconduct in question. If a League Official contacts a Team Manager/Member to discuss the investigation, the Team Manager/Member is obligated to tell the truth. If a Team Manager/Member withholds information or misleads a League Official creating an obstruction of the investigation then the Team Manager, Team Member and/or Team is subject to punishment.
  • TCL Rulebook 10.2.13. No Team Manager/Member may engage in any action that could improperly influence or manipulate any esports tournament or esports match globally or any portion or aspect of such competition. Additionally, no Team Manager/Member or League Official may instruct, permit, cause, or enable other individuals to engage in such actions.
  • TCL Rulebook 10.2.15. No Team Manager/Member may engage, nor attempt to engage, in any legal or illegal gambling activity relating in any way to any global esports tournament or event. This rule applies to all esports gambling activities including, without limitation, those available in any physical retail location or those conducted via the internet. Gambling activity is defined as placing anything of value – including real currency, virtual currency, or other digital assets – at risk in connection with a bet or wager. Additionally, no Team Manager/Member, League Official, or Riot Games employee may instruct, permit, cause, or enable other individuals to engage, nor attempt to engage, in any legal or illegal gambling activity relating in any way to any global esports tournament or event.
  • TCL Rulebook 10.2.18.  All individuals subject to these rules are under a duty to report to Riot Games and the League, without undue delay and unprompted at the first available opportunity, via email, any witnessed, attempted, suspected, or known violation of these rules. Individuals are obligated to report such activity whether they were directly involved in the matter or should have reasonably been aware of the matter. Failure to report such information constitutes a rules violation in itself. Retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, reports such a matter is strictly prohibited.

Player Bans: Some players already served a provisional suspension and their bans will start from the first date of suspension.

  • Efehan “361efe” Ordulu, breach of 10.1.5, 10.2.13 and 10.2.15 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2027. 
  • Ahmet Ömer “chr1sz” Mutlu, breach of 10.2.13. and 10.2.15 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2026. 
  • Eyüp “Crasia” Oğur, breach of 10.2.13 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2025. 
  • Serhat Kaan “CrawL” Hitay, breach of 10.2.13 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2025. 
  • Oğuzhan “Oguzkhan” Delihasanoğlu, breac of 10.2.13 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2025. 
  • Alperen “Poguee” Sakallı, breach of 10.2.13 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 30 May 2022 – 29 May 2026. 
  • Enes “Secondate” Çelik, breac of 10.2.7 and 10.2.18 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: Warning of 5 months. He is no longer serving a ban. 
  • Ali “SunShine” Aslan, breach of 10.1.5 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 10 months, valid until 23 September 2023. 
  • Bedirhan “Cape” Çalışkan, breach of 10.2.7 and 10.1.5 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 20 months, valid until 21 July 2024. 
  • Muhammet “Momer” Omer, breach of 10.1.5 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 10 months, valid until 21 September 2023. 
  • Yigit “Lenom” Kantar, breach of 10.1.5 and 10.2.15 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 13 months, valid until 21 December 2023. 
  • Cengizhan “Merciless” Teker, breach of 10.1.5 from the TCL Rulebook. Ban date: 10 months, valid until 21 September 2023. 
  • Eren “Dellal” Tanrıkulu – Insufficient evidence, issued a reminder letter about his duties under the TCL Rulebook. 
  • Bedirhan “Joexy” Kalkan, breached of 10.2.7 from the TCL Rulebook. However, there was insufficient evidence to prove that Joexy breached the Rulebook. The player has been issued a reminder letter about his duties under the TCL Rulebook. 

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