Major League Gaming crowned winners for its Summer Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend, but disqualified two League of Legends teams for collusion.
The highly anticipated tournament ran concurrently with the StarCraft 2 North American World Championship Series and drew viewers from all around the world via its high definition online streams.
While most of the competitions within the tournament went smoothly, the two teams that were battling it out for first and second place in the League of Legends tournament were disqualified after it was determined that there was collusion between the two final teams: Curse NA and Team Dignitas.
MLG wrote on its official website:
MLG regrets to announce that we will not be awarding 1st or 2nd Place finishes for the Summer Championship League of Legends Event. We have determined that there was collusion between the two final teams, Curse NA and Team Dignitas. This is in clear violation of both the letter and spirit of MLG's Official Pro Circuit Conduct Rules: "competitors may not intentionally Forfeit a Game or conspire to manipulate Rankings or Brackets." As such, both teams have been disqualified, and no placements or prize money will be awarded.
Riot has agreed with this decision and, in accordance with their Season 2 rules on Unsportsmanlike Conduct, will not be awarding Circuit points to either team.
The 3rd and 4th Place teams will receive the prize money and Circuit Points they have earned, and all other results stand. No 1st or 2nd Place will be awarded for this event.
In the StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty tournament, Leenock took out first place with a top prize of $25,000. OBS_EMP_REO came first in Mortal Kombat on PlayStation 3, and Xephukai won the Soul Calibur V tournament.
The complete results from the Summer Championship can be viewed here.