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Shweta Maheshwari
Posted on 19 Jul, 2021
By Shweta Maheshwari
On 19 Jul, 2021
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By Shweta Maheshwari
On 19 Jul, 2021
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Amihan Esports, Philippines’ Wild Rift team from Philippines faces one year ban.


Riot Games has officially blocked Wild Rift squad from Philippines, Amihan Esports from competing in all esports tournaments for a year.

By falsifying credentials for the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series, the Filipino group illegally placed Karl ‘AMI Karlll ’Ken Bautista on its Wild Rift roster. The tournament follows a stringent set of rules and regulations, including a minimum age limit of 17 years.

According to Riot Games, numerous Amihan Esports executives, including the company’s owner, were involved in the fraud. This led to an immediate ban on the organization from participating in any recognized esports events for a year.

Karlll , Christian Villegas (Manager), and Francis Mariano (Amihan Esports’ owner) will all face individual bans as a result of their involvement in age fraud, states Riot Games. The following are the orders:

Karlll : Excluded from all Riot Games esports events for nine months. With effect from June 26th.

Villegas: One-year ban has been imposed on him. Mariano has been banned from all Riot Games tournaments indefinitely. After two years, he will be allowed to seek reinstatement.

However, Riot’s eyes shifted to the group for the first time in June. ‘Map hacking’ and ‘inaccurate player documentation’ were among the charges made against Amihan Esports.

Riot Games made a brief inquiry at that time, but in both cases, ruled them not guilty. However, the governing body renewed its probe into Karlll’s  documents earlier this month after acquiring new evidence.

After a month-long investigation, the pro athlete was found guilty of falsifying documents to satisfy the minimum age criteria.

Riot Games stated: All our participating teams are expected to abide by the rules of fair play in the tournaments. Violation of the rules will not be tolerated.

The Filipino group will pay a fine of $26,358, which will be donated to a charity of Riot’s choice via its Social Impact Fund, according to Liquipedia. Amihan Esports will also miss out on a spot in the SEA Icon Series fall season.

To fill this vacancy, the Philippines Pro Gaming Series  will host a separate qualifier.

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