MLG today announced that it will not be giving out the first and second place prizes to Curse NA and Dignitas. The announcement goes on to detail that the teams were both disqualified for collusion, which is considered a violation to both the rules of MLG and to the spirit of their competitive gaming league. They confirm that the teams admitted to the violation when questioned about it. Riot games agreed with the decision to revoke the 1st and second place prizes; Edit: Riot clarified that the prize money for 1st-4th places will instead be distributed to the third to sixth place teams.
This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened in MLG, as decorated Smash Bros. players Mew2King and ADHD were disqualified from the MLG Dallas finals for splitting the first and second place prizes at MLG DC. What do you think about MLG’s decision, do you consider prize splitting tantamount to fixing brackets and undermining the spirit of competitive gaming?