After the major penalty was issued by the Invite division admin, this was appealed. As a result, the RGL team had more 6v6 division admins review the STV demo of the match. Here are our findings:
- While half of the additional admins reviewing the case found evidence of intentionally throwing, we could not conclusively determine that it was not caused by extreme tilt and roster issues.
- The other half of the admins that reviewed the demo concluded that throwing did not occur and that their actions can be justified through their playstyle, tilt, and overall roster situation.
- Due to conflict of interest from being rostered on Invite team GlobalClan Ice, I was not able to directly rule on the situation.
Due to the context of tilt playing a significant factor in the match, we have decided to revert the penalty.
It is worth mentioning that in a more sensitive context (playoffs seeding, playoffs, or qualifiers), the tolerance for thrown matches would be lower and this match would likely have been actionable.
Furthermore, it must be reiterated that the teams would have been fine to reschedule the match due to roster issues, as Ford’s medic leaving at the last minute is a valid reason to reschedule a casted match. It is also clear that a major case like this should not be reviewed by a single division admin. Having more eyes review the case at hand and making sure a head admin greenlights the decision (admins that have a potential conflict of interest are void of this) are steps that should have been done from the beginning with this case.
Quite frankly, we're just as tired of these things happening as you are. While these are largely innocent mistakes rather than malicious actions as so many of you jump to, and we correct mistakes we make as quickly as possible while allowing time for due process, this frequency of mistakes is completely unacceptable. We need to make some serious changes, we know that, and we’ve set in motion a plan to do so, which is outlined here. This article discusses staff changes, admin procedures, and training we are working on fixing, and our plan to improve relations and build trust with the community.