Riot Games have published a list of professional players and coaches they have fined and warned due to negative behaviour, two days prior to the League of Legends World Championship 2018. Fun fact, Cloud 9's Svenskeren got punished again.
Several professional players and even coaches have been warned or financially fined by Riot Games after they have failed routine behaviour checks. Riot Games have been performing these checks in their professional leagues and major competitions for years now, each of them turning up bans or other punishments.
The behaviour check before World Championship 2018 turned up 16 people who failed to abide by Riot's laws. According to the official statement, these 16 professionals were repeatedly reported for negative behaviour - be it toxicity, griefing or even both, and 12 of them received warnings as a result. The warning list is as follows:
- Daniele "Jiizuke" Di Mauro (VIT)
- Amadeu "Attila" Carvalho (VIT)
- Minkook "Dreams" Han (VIT)
- Luka "Perkz" Perkovic (G2)
- Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss (G2)
- Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen (C9)
- Stanislav "Lodik" Kornelyuk (GMB)
- Zhen-Ning "Ning" Gao (IG)
- Uijin "Rookie" Song (IG)
- Li “4LivcloveR” Zhe (EDG)
- Jaeha "Mowgly" Lee (AFR)
- Hyesung "Comet" Lim (AFR)
They were all simply warned due to negative behaviour that was not "egregious as to require a fine or a ban", and their recent sportsmanship was up to par, which alleviated the rulings. It is worth noting that Svenskeren found himself on the watchlist again, as he was banned from several matches during World Championship 2014 when he as a member of SK Gaming. This time around there weren't any culturally inappropriate comments or in-game names so he was simply issued a warning.
Several players took it one step further and were financially punished for it. Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, of Gambit Gaming, was fined $1.000 for repeated negative behaviour as well as his previous history of infractions. Afreeca Freecs' head coach, Yeonsung “iloveoov” Choi, was fined $1.500 for negative behaviour and previous infractions in LCK.
Two players from Chinese teams have been fined for intentionally feeding and other negative behaviour - Seunglok “TheShy” Kang of Invictus Gaming and Jian “Uzi” Zihao of Royal Never Give Up. TheShy took a hit of $1.000 to his bank account, while Uzi suffered double that amount.
All things considered, Uzi was lucky not to receive a more severe punishment, such as being banned from matches at World Championship 2018, especially when he is one of the star players in Royal Never Give Up who are looking like the favourites for taking this year's Summoner's Cup.