Maoan, Beyond Gaming’s mid laner, suspended for gambling

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Riot Games suspends Beyond Gaming mid laner Chien “Maoan” Mao-an for the remainder of Worlds 2021. LoL Esports’ Twitter announced a competitive ruling on October 9, 2021 detailing the player’s suspension.

Earlier in the day, esports host Jenny “Reirachu” Lee shared on Twitter that Maoan allegedly leaked picks and bans. He leaked this information to third parties who subsequently used this information for gambling. The tweet also said that Beyond Gaming’s founder Xue “DinTer” Hong-Wei streamed to say that he was firing Maoan.

Reirachu's tweet regarding Maoan

Following this, Reirachu posted a series of tweets summarizing the situation.

A summary of the Maoan situation

A summary of the Maoan situation.

The summary says that a screenshot of the player’s chat where he says that Sylas and Orianna have a high chance to be picked were leaked. However, the person who posted the leaked chat has since deleted their account. Following this, DinTer said on stream that he asked Maoan if the allegations were true. The player confirmed that he was giving out information regarding picks and bans to third parties for use in betting. DinTer further stated that Beyond Gaming submitted this information to Riot Games for ruling. The team owner also posted a public apology on his Facebook page.

DinTer apology

Beyond Gaming’s owner DinTer apologizes to the fans.

In DinTer’s apology, he says sorry to the fans for what happened. He goes on to say that he hopes that there is a way for Maoan to be punished for his actions without the other players on the team being affected.

Riot’s Decision

As of 6:45 a.m. on October 9, 2021, Riot Games released their official ruling on the situation.

Maoan suspension

Riot Games suspends Maoan for association with gambling. Image Credit: LoL Esports’ Twitter (https://twitter.com/lolesports/status/1446607587626176516/photo/1)

Tom Martell, LoL Esports’ Director of Operations, states that Maoan violated rule 9.3 of the 2021 World Champion ruleset which prohibits players for associating with gambling. As a result, Maoan can’t play for the remainder of Worlds 2021. An announcement on his replacement is yet to be made, as Beyond Gaming is set to face the LCK’s Hanwha Life Esports later today to decide who advances to the tournament’s group stage. This is heartbreaking for the players and fans of the PCS as Beyond Gaming was able to successfully complete a thrilling reverse sweep yesterday against the TCL’s Galatasaray Esports.

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