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TJ Sports Suspends League of Legends Development League for ‘Reorganization’

Chinese League of Legends operator TJ Sports announced that the company has decided to suspend its League of Legends Development League (LDL), the secondary league in China’s League of Legends esports, and plans a reorganization. TJ Sports did not say how long the suspension would be in affect.

Sources close to League of Legends esports told The Esports Observer that LDL faces wide-range match-fixing allegations and investigations. 

Match-fixing is the dark side of the esports industry. In February, esports organization FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) reported its League of Legends player Zhou “Bo” Yangbo was coerced into match-fixing during his professional career in LDL. As TEO reported, this incident led to a wider discussion in the industry on the vulnerability of younger players. 

In the aftermath of the Yangbo story, pressure from the public has strongly affected TJ Sports’ operation, and the company said that the investigation will include a third-party law firm.

However, the situation has become serious; sources told TEO that on March 4, LDL team SJG was not able to attend a regular match against another LDL team, JDM. According to a leaked referee report, SJG could not “provide five ‘qualified’ players to compete.”

TEO was not able to independently verify this information.  

TJ Sports told The Esports Observer Wednesday that the SJG incident was not related to match-fixing, but did not give a specific reason for the issues related to the organization.

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