SA League of Legends team under investigation after allegedly fielding an illegal player

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In the later stages of the Do Gaming Championship it was brought to my attention that Ventus Gaming were allegedly fielding an illegal player throughout the tournament. At the time I just shrugged it off since they could have gotten by on a technicality or found some loophole within the Digital Gaming Leagues’ rulebook. However, yesterday we were informed, via a source who wishes to remain anonymous, that the player in question may have played under his brother’s name for the League of Legends team –  making the issue somewhat more serious.

The matter explained

DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is the evidence which was given to us via an anonymous source, this evidence may or may not be sufficient, but we wish to keep you updated on the matter.

According to the email Ventus Gaming had two teams signed up for this year’s Do Gaming League – Ventus Breeze and Ventus Monsoon. Ventus Breeze are the team in question, so remember this or it may become hard to follow. Earlier in the season a player by the name of Prestito was dropped from Ventus’ Breeze team after a lengthy run as their mid lane player.

Prestito then played under the Ventus Monsoon team for the DGC playoffs essentially being locked to that roster. As the Championships drew closer Ventus Breeze lost their mid laner, and were now in the need of a new one. In comes Roxorman. According to our source Arnoldi now created a new DGL profile in order to join Ventus Breeze once again. This was already violating a rule in DGL about having two accounts. Here is the incomplete profile on the Do Gaming League page.

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Prestito allegedly then changed his League of Legends account name to “Ventus Roxorman” and played at the Do Gaming League Championships, placing second after their defeat to Energy eSports. Below is the complete profile of Prestito. If you’re feeling all Sherlock Holmes, like I was when writing this, you’d note that the profile above was made on the 27th of September. Pay careful attention to the “Last Online” date in the image below.

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With the profile being incomplete we cannot rightfully assume that he i used his brother’s name to take part in the Do Gaming Championships. The piece of evidence submitted to us which implicates the use of his brother’s name is via a DGL article on the League of Legends tournament.
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The DGL would not make a mistake like this unless incorrect information was given prior to the tournament. This now puts Prestito in a very unfortunate position. Upon entry to the DGC (The actual venue) players have to produce identification documents in order to enter with their computers and take part. If Luca Arnoldi did impersonate his brother, using his credentials, this is a serious (and illegal) offense. The DGL submitted a statement earlier on the matter:

“The DGL team confirms it received a dispute during the Telkom Gaming Championships that one of the players in one of the Ventus Gaming League of Legends teams was not the player on the Ventus roster for the tournament.

The matter was taken very seriously and was reviewed immediately by the tournament organizers. It was determined that there was insufficient evidence to make a ruling at the tournament and that more time was needed for the investigation.

Ventus Gaming was informed at the tournament that their League of Legends team was under investigation for fielding a player illegally and that a ruling would be made once the tournament was concluded and the matter has been thoroughly investigated.

The matter currently sits with the DGL Tribunal Officer for investigation and a ruling will be issued once the investigation is complete.”

We then reached out to Ventus Gaming’s owner Pieter “Cyrus” Venter for a statement, he had the following to say:

“This is nothing new. Players who don’t perform in tournaments have disputed matches over and over again. There are countless examples of weaker teams disputing outcomes of their match result purely based on sour grapes. I am glad that the DGL is taking the matter so seriously and doing a proper investigation, so that it can clear our name from all the rumors flying around.”

Our source also told us that Arnoldi refused to be in any photos taken on the weekend, which we thought was strange, until Ventus Gaming went on stage for their second place finish.

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Image Credit: Ventus Gaming

Prestito is not in the image above, which doesn’t exactly help their cause. This whole situation was a bit confusing to me as well, so I’ll give you a summary of the evidence and accusations.

  1. Prestito leaves Ventus Breeze, joins Ventus Monsoon.
  2. Ventus Monsoon fail to make the Championships after playing in the Playoffs
  3. Rosters are locked.
  4. Breeze loses their mid laner and are now in need of one.
  5. Prestito makes a new account under his brother’s name called Roxorman.
  6. Roxorman joins Breeze with an incomplete profile
  7. Prestito plays as Roxorman for the entirety of DGC.

As I mentioned this was the evidence given to us, and I made sure I double checked every single image and source (including those I could not post here due to personal information and images being attached). We are not accusing anyone and will keep you updated on the further investigations conducted by the Digital Gaming League.

The reason behind posting this is to make every aware that offences like this are in fact seen as Identity Theft, which is a white collar crime in South Africa. Even if this is untrue, which I pray it is, let this be a warning to any people who think “oh it’s just a gaming league, nobody will care,” that in fact they do. And if this case is proven true, a person benefitted financially from identity theft, which carries serious repercussions. Be careful, be smart.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2015

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Rodney Dangerfield

    They should build a wall Esports to keep all the illegals out.

    • Was that your Trump card?

      • Hammersteyn

        Bwahahaha!

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        xD

      • Sageville

        LULZ

      • 20twelve

        sprayed coffee…. shot.

    • Taga Kahn

      Look, Taga Kahn is actually Robert Mugabe!

      • Taga Kahn

        😀

        • Black_Sage

          I laughed way harder than i should have at this

  • Hey Oscar just left jail so there is a spot for another sportsman…

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Ohhhh snap

      (only on 20th it seems)

      • Dutch Matrix

        Gavin, you just HAD to remind us, huh?

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Hide yo’ daughters!

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m pooping with the bathroom door open after the 20th, or else Oscar might get me

          • Dutch Matrix

            Actually this is not funny. Seriously. The bastard’s weeping for freedom from prison and I can give you a letter of guarantee Reeva’s Mom and Dad is still weeping for their daughter. And will do so long after he is released.

            Bastard. I wish I could wish he gets run over when he walks out of prison.

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here

          • Dutch Matrix

            The thing is: If this piece of excrement had any remorse, he would have insisted to serve out his pitiful to begin with sentence.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            “Walks”?

          • Hammersteyn

            *Rolls, no blades in prison

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You shut up! It’s been a very tough time for poor Oscar, as his family keeps reminding us. Mama se engelkind. Hai shame. :/

          • Hammersteyn

            Watch Oscar write a book and make a quick million.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yip. We all know it’s coming.

          • Hammersteyn

            And the people who buy said book can GITFS

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            And by S we mean Sarlacc, not the sea

          • Dutch Matrix

            If I had zero conscience I would have said the only thing worthy of reading that he pens is his suicide note. I know. This is demented. It is wrong to think that.
            And I am sorry.

          • Rodney Dangerfield

            That’s because your mother never loved you, when your old man wanted sex, she would show him a picture of you.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Do you have a thing for my mom? Does the thought of her give you a nice ‘little’ hard on?

          • Dutch Matrix

            You know, if I shot my girlfriend four times through the bathroom door, my mom would tell me to stay in jail or upon release, she will shoot me.

          • Rodney Dangerfield

            I just feel sorry for your mother Dutchie, I heard when you were born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to your father, “I’m very sorry. We did everything we could…but he pulled through.”

          • Dutch Matrix

            And I am so very sorry you have to resort to old, lame jokes to try and insult me.

          • Rodney Dangerfield

            No Respect.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Use her as bait?: “My Lady, I shot Oscar because he stood in front of the bathroom door where my daughter was. So I shot the bastard I mean the deceased to protect my little girl.”

          • Grand Admiral Chief

          • ElNicko

            and Hide your bathroom doors…

    • Hammersteyn

      Is there a bathroom lane in LOL?

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Huehuehue

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      sportsman? Is esport a real sport? huh? 😉

  • Hammersteyn

    Luca Arnoldi right now

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Bwaaaaaahahahahahaha perfect

  • Hammersteyn

    Dun dun dun
    Luca ‘Prestito’ Arnoldi reviews the Corsair K95 RGB keyboard.

    • Hammersteyn

      0:11 yeah he isn’t in the pic above…

    • You went deep, man.

      • Hammersteyn

        😀

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        SOMETHING ONE MAN DOES NOT SAY TO ANOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Hammersteyn

          Y u no speak inception?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            CANNOT UNSEE IN MIND’s EYE O_O

          • Hammersteyn

            Your mind went deep.

    • Black_Sage

      This video has been removed by the user

      • Hammersteyn

        Now why would they do that?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Yeah, I thought that was a really cool kb. Then I went to see how much it costs and changed my mind.

          • Hammersteyn

            BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        The plot thickens

        • Hammersteyn

          This RSA ID document has been removed by the user, believed no one ever

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The most exciting thing about esports is the drama. It’s like crashes in F1.

  • I was trying to track down if you’re able to check name changes through League of Legends. All I could find was when I type in “Ventus Prestito lolking” it automatically redirects to Ventus Roxorman.

    http://www.lolking.net/summoner/euw/25235698

  • bluegoon

    Man FU dude, its absolute BULLSHIT having weight restrictions in e-sports WTF, I’m fkn big boned but I can rape you in CSGO, ffs first BEE and now this sh*t!

  • Arthur S. Taylor

    .add salt for the owner of Ventus. If someone disputes a legitimate issue, there’s nothing wrong. If a “strong” team bends or breaks the rules, i’d say that makes them a weak team. Also did Ventus not make a dispute during the DGC after losing a game? #justsaying

    • Slightly off topic, but what a lot of people don’t get, which should be an unwritten rule in any tournament, is that you cannot dispute something AFTER the game. If there’s an issue you stand up and stop playing immediately until it’s resolved. You cannot choose to play on, then dispute when you lose.

      • noxville

        I think the complete opposite is true: most disputes can/should take place after the game – not as the game is going on. You won’t know if the opponents are cheating/exploiting/abusing something during a game (and it’s unreasonable to be able to fairly assess what they’re doing as the game is going on). Also, if you’re wrong – you’re disrupting the game that’s going on, making it shitter for spectators. Rather finish the game, then make a protest.

      • Warwick Candle Parris

        Both VnR and NWO laid complaints towards the DGL lol staff at the event and they were simply told to keep playing and that DGL would look into it at a later stage. Quite unprofessional if you ask me.

  • Stelio Da Silva

    There were more illegal things that happened at rage that are worse than this tbh. Eg captain of a team getting up during a pause walking to opposing team standing behind their pcs totally able to see their screens “No restart! lets play on ?” barely got a warning for that.

    • Naudran

      OK. I guess in the context of the tournament your statement might be worse. But seeing as identity theft is an actual crime (especially if you gain financially from it), then your illegal (according to the tournament rules, not the law) point doesn’t come close to what possibly happened here.

      • Stelio Da Silva

        I was more suggesting that during the actual comp certain things happened that were pretty bad and came close. In the greater scheme of DGC of course this is pretty terrible. I was merely being sarcastic and stirring shit.

        • Feel free to email us things like that and we’ll follow it up

          • Stelio Da Silva

            Kinda pointless now, was brought up during the event and head admins gave a warning or something, they won the comp and were the far better lol team at the end of the day. Just thought it was funny 🙂

  • CrAiGiSh

    Lol.

  • Warwick Candle Parris

    If this turns out to be true then all the members and Cyrus are considered accessory to the crime. If I were DGL I wouldn’t take legal action however all players in the team and the organization owner should receive lifetime bans from all DGL events going forward. There is no way that the team didn’t know and being a Clan owner myself, there i no way that Cyrus didn’t know it was happening. The punishment should be extremely harsh to prevent people from doing this going forward.

    • Black_Sage

      Unfortunately, friendships are apparently more important than fairness and justice. My opinion is that this will just blow over because of “lack of evidence.”

  • KingZA

    keep the awareness up dont make them get away with cheating

  • Easyfrag

    Any update on this?

  • RobotJoe

    ventus breeze team should be banned this is disturbing

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