Philippine e-sports organization Amihan Esports has banned from all e-sports events by Riot Games for a year. Organization allegedly tampered with its player, Karl “AMI Karlll” Ken Bautista document to qualify him Wild Rift SEA Icon Series, minimum age requirement is 17 years old.
Riot has said that several members of the organization, including the owner, were involved in this scam. So it was decided to ban the entire organization for a year, effective immediately.
Riot is also issuing individual bans to Karlll, team manager Christian Villegas and owner Francis Mariano. These are as follows:
- Karlll: 9-month ban from all Riot Games e-sports events. This ban starts from the day he played his last match on June 26.
- Villegas: Banned for a year.
- Mariano: Team owner has been banned indefinitely from all Riot Games events. However, he will be able to apply for rehabilitation after two years.
Amihan was the champion of the Philippines in the summer season. Emerging from the Visayas region, the team made it through the knockout stages to take first place in the summer of the Philippines Pro Gaming League. However, they were unable to replicate their performance in the Summer Super Cup and were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
With today’s ruling, the team will have to forfeit all of its summer winnings. This amounts to about $26,358, according to Liquipedia. Riot has said that the money will be donated to a charity of their choice through the Riot Games Social Impact Fund.
Amihan will also lose her spot in the fall SEA Icon Series. PPGL will hold a separate qualifier to fill this vacancy.
Riot also said it first became aware of Amihan Esports’ suspicious behavior in June 2021. The team has been accused of “incorrect map hacking and player documentation”. The company conducted an investigation later but found them innocent in both cases.
However, Riot received some “new evidence” earlier this month regarding Karlll’s documents and reopened the investigation. Upon review, Amihan and Karlll were guilty of forging documents to meet minimum age requirements.
“All of our participating teams are required to adhere to fair play rules, which were agreed prior to participating in tournaments,” Riot said in its statement. “Violation of the rules of the fair game will not be tolerated.”