Smart Omega Esports and Nexplay EVOS will face sanctions, including a fine adding up to nearly P150,000 after charges of abusing the “competitive integrity” of their match during the last day of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Season 8 last October 10.

Smart Omega and Nexplay EVOS were hit with a $3,000 fine (around P150,000) after the two groups committed violations in regards to “competitive integrity” and playing “in a professional manner,” the MPL-Philippines Operations Committee said Sunday.

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According to MPL-Philippines Operations Committee

“During the Game 1 and 2 of NXPE VS OMG in Week 7 Day 3, issues surrounding the competitive integrity of both teams occurred. This led to a bad influence between the community, hurting the league and all eight teams included. We want to reinforce that competitive integrity is one of our core values as a league. Any team or player is subject to the rulebook and guidelines as stipulated within, and they must take full ownership and accountability of what they’ve done. We will continuously strive towards becoming one of, if not the best, MOBA esports leagues and we will not let these incidents dampen the joy of competing.”

Dogie was additionally hit with a different P25,000 fine for making a prohibited gesture after the match. He will likewise be suspended for NXPE’s next two games.

Besides the fines, players from both Omega and NXPE are excluded from being essential for Season 8’s award selections and were given a fair warning from the board of trustees.

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