Just when we thought the dust had started to clear on the Curse/Dignitas collusion allegations, another statement has been made that throws the them into disarray. Similarly to the statements made by Curse, Team Dignitas has come forward saying that their team apologizes for the All Random, All Mid game (otherwise known as an “ARAM”), but denies colluding with the opposing team.
On their website, Dignitas representative Michael O’Dell a post on Thursday reiterating that their team had been disqualified from MLG, losing their placement, points and prize money. He continued to say that Dignitas has “investigated this matter further and after talking to several parties we have concluded that our team did indeed co-operate with Curse by agreeing to play ARAM in the Grand Final.”
However, he continued, saying that they found “no solid evidence confirming any other allegations.”
“This was of course a disappointing end to a tournament for Team Dignitas and we can confirm that we have fined our players for their actions plus the entire cost of the MLG Raleigh trip on top of that,” O’Dell said.
The article was capped off with a small statement from team captain William “Scarra” Li, who apologizes to the fans, sponsors and MLG for the ARAM.
He continued: “We realize that our actions were not and are not justifiable especially if we are looking to positively promote the future of esports and [League of Legends]. We agree to the punishment stated by both [Major League Gaming] and Team Dignitas. Additionally, we promise to never let a disappointing event like this happen again.”
This statement is a bit muddling, considering that both MLG and Riot have agreed that collusion to split prize money had taken place. Curse and Dignitas both have interests in protecting the integrity and reputation of their teams, so statements admitting the obvious — like performing an ARAM that everyone saw — allow them to acknowledge wrongdoing but not the kind that could get them into serious trouble. This would be logical from a PR perspective, as the details of the case lie both with Riot and Major League Gaming and remain to be seen. Until the minute details of the case become public, the sanction from Riot seems to stand.
This story continues to develop.