General Manager of Absolute Legends talks about NA team cheating
Absolute Legends NA faced off against Team Dynamic last week in the Season 3 Qualifier hosted by the IGN Pro League. The series was won by Team Dynamic, 2-1, but it was what came out after that really made things interesting. Screenshots were leaked to ggChronicle
proving that Absolute Legends cheated in the first game during pauses when CruzerTheBruzer disconnected a few times.
The team reacted quickly after hearing the news by disbanding the team
, a convenient timing since the team had no shot at reaching the top 8 for Season 3. Hammer, COO of Absolute Legends, came out with a statement alongside the disbanding:
“What transpired in the BO3 against Team Dynamic is completely unacceptable. We were excited about working with both RobertxLee and Zekent, and as you might have known we were in the process of signing additional players.Needless to say, recent events have led us to discontinue our affiliations with the team. aL as an organization had no knowledge that the cheating took place until the newspost on ggC, and we do not condone cheating in any way - regardless of which excuses there might be.I think it's safe to say that most people wouldn't expect this from them, but nevertheless it happened. We wish every single player the best for their future.”
Robert Lee, the AD carry of the former AL squad had this to say about the incident:
“Just wanted to say sorry for disappointing our fans and most importantly Absolute Legends. We got caught up in the heat in the moment and it impaired our judgment to make such a stupid decision. Hopefully, we can clear things and one day play for Absolute Legends again. Until then, I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
We were able to talk to Raoul “Koenig” Seyfert, general manager of Absolute Legends, about the decision to disband the team.
How much did you know about the cheating before Zekent came clean?
Our management got informed about it through the newspost on it, like everyone else. I had to catch up with everything that happened when I woke up since it happened in the middle of the night for me. Was quite shocked.
The ghoster from the Skype screen shots floating around seems to be a person by the name of Ariana Anguiano, does this person work with Absolute Legends? Do you have any idea who this person is, and what their relation is to the team?
Ariana Anguiano is Unstoppable's girlfriend and she does not work with us. None of us was in the chatroom either, so we did not know anything until the ggC news.
Why did you decide to drop the aL NA team after they confessed to the cheating? What factored in your decision?
We decided to drop them, because we do not tolerate cheating in any way. It wasn't the easiest decision to do, since we worked with Zekent and Robert over some month now, and they have always been nice guys, they even managed to came second on IEM Singapore. I am sorry for them, but I am sure they learned from this. Them not being able to qualify for Season 3 anymore was also a factor that we took into decision, but not the major contribution to the decision. We do not want our name nor our sponsors being harmed by cheating.
You’ve had a couple problems with your League division in the past, with one version of the team splitting up and then this version cheating and possibly not providing results that you were expecting. What is your opinion on all of this?
We've had many teams splitting up shortly after they joined us, sounding promising but then not delivering what they promised resulting in them being unhappy about their results and in most cases were unable to deal with it as a team and split up. We never picked up teams for a short term relationship, but if a team does not work out, there is not much we can fix either. That's sadly the way it goes. But crying about it won't help, we look at the stability of a team a lot more and trying the best in our hands to make sure they have a successful future.
How do you think AL should move forward from your past issues with the League division? What would you guys do differently, or what would change in how you would search for a new team?
We search in the same way as we did before. If we see a team with potential, we talk to them, get as much information as possible and then we decided if we want to support the team or not.
Does aL still plan to be involved in the League of Legends scene? If so, any ideas on new teams?
Yes, we do. We just picked up a new European Squad, and are also looking for a new NA team. But, we aren't going to pick up anyone until we are sure they are the right team for us.
Any hints on who?
No, don't want to make any false promises. Keeping my mouth shut until contracts are signed.
Is there anything you would like to say to the League of Legends community about this situation?
I sincerely apologize in the name of Absolute Legends for this incident and hope you guys keep supporting us and our sponsors Razer, Twitch, AEDrink, Orcbite and SpecialTech!
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