FunPlus Phoenix's jungler Zhou “Bo” Yang-Bo has been suspended from competitive League of Legends for 4 months, after being found guilty of match-fixing.
The 19-year old Chinese League of Legends pro was initially suspended for a temporary period at the end of February. The ban came into execution after Bo himself confessed to the LPL disciplinary commission regarding his involvement in match-fixing while in the League of Legends Development League (LDL).
Investigation reports indicated that Bo was “coerced” into “participating in "inappropriate behavior” in the 2020 League of Legends LDL season during his days with eStar Young in the Chinese Academy League.
As a result, an in-depth investigation of all the 43 teams (LDL and LPL), their players, coaches, and officials was done and finally, the League organizers have come to a conclusion.
Bo apologized and "regretted his mistakes" for match-fixing in the Chinese League of Legends Developmental League
After an extensive investigation into the issue, LPL authorities have found several guilty of match-fixing in the 2020 season. Along with Bo, ThunderTalk Gaming’s support Wang “Teeen” Yao-Ji and jungler Xiang “bless” Yi-Tong have been banned from participating in competitive play for the time being.
LDL League of Legends side Shen Jie Gaming have also been suspended from professional Esports for an uncertain period. LPL officially stated on Weibo,
“The goal of this large-scale investigation by the league is to more thoroughly understand and rectify the situation of match-fixing in the league, to eliminate the influence of match-fixing in the long run.”
LPL authorities have also assured fans that they will deal with such issues by uncompromising standards in the future. Bo took to social media to publicly apologize for his improper actions on the competitive League of Legends scene. As translated by iCrystalization, Bo confessed:
“I am Zhou Yang-Bo. Today, I want to solemnly apologize to everyone here. I'm sorry. I’ve spent this past period regretting and suffering, and knowing how I should face everyone. But one should never, under any circumstances, violate the rules. What’s wrong is wrong. I deeply regret the mistakes I made in the 2020 LDL season.”
Initially, the jungler was handed a ban of 6 months. But, the suspension was later reduced to 4 months as a reward for cooperating and assisting in the investigation.
As of now, FPX's ex-jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang will be taking Bo's role in the jungle until the end of the 2021 season. Bo will miss the 2021 League of Legends Summer Split, to begin later this year.