Amihan Esports Punishment, Response, and Disbandment

Amihan Esports is currently under fire for forging one of its player’s documents.

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As it was found out that Filipino esports organization Amihan Esports violated one of the rules of Wild Rift SEA Icon Series, it was ruled by Riot Games that the organization will be banned from all esports events for a year. Moreover, individual punishments were also given to the people involved.

The people who played the main roles in this scam are Karl “AMI Karlll” Ken Bautista, team manager Christian Villegas, and owner of the organization, Francis Mariano. It turns out these people forged the age of Karlll to qualify him for Wild Rift SEA Icon Series which has a minimum age requirement of 17 years old.

Because of this forgery, other than the one year ban for the organization Riot also gave individual bans to Karlll, Christian Villegas, and Francis Mariano. For Karlll, he is banned for nine months from participating in all Riot Games’ esports events. It was already in effect since his last match, June 26. For the team manager, he is banned for a year. For the owner, he is indefinitely banned from all Riot Games’ events and can apply for reinstatement only after two years.

Riot was first made aware of suspicious behavior of the team in June 2021. The team was accused at first for map hacking and inaccurate player documentation. Due to this, Riot conducted an investigation but was then found Amihan innocent for both cases. However, the company was given new evidence earlier this month regarding the case for inaccurate player documentation so the case was reopened. Upon reinvestigating the case, it was found out that the organization and Karlll was guilty of forging his documents to meet the minimum age requirements.

As the team was the champion in the summer season, they will have to forfeit their prize winning which amounts to $26,358 or P1,167,448.54 in Philippine peso. Riot said that they will donate the money to a charity of their choice through the Riot Games Social Impact Fund. Amihan Esports also loses their spot in the fall season of the SEA Icon Series. To fill the slot, PPGL will hold a separate qualifier.

“All our participating teams are expected to abide by the rules of fair play, agreed upon prior to participation in the tournaments,” Riot said in its statement. “Violations of the rules of fair play will not be tolerated.”

Due to the controversies that have surrounded the team after the case was made public, Amihan Esports broke their silence by releasing an official statement last July 17. The owner of Amihan Esports, Francis Mariano, deeply apologizes to Riot Games, Mineski, their fans, and to the Wild Rift community.


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Sadly, it seems that apologies and the competitive ban was not enough. Yesterday, Amihan Esports announced the disbandment of their team. They officially announced their disbandment through a farewell message posted on their Facebook page and Twitter account.


Though, for Amihan’s MLBB team, they will still participate in the ongoing tournaments before leaving for good.
 

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