Queso dismiss lineup following match-throwing scandal
Queso and their team have parted ways after evidence came to light that the players had purposely lost a match in the Spanish LVP Superliga Orange.
The announcement followed an investigation launched by LVP into a recent match between Queso and the Tenerife Titans, which the latter team had won 16-14. Queso made a number of questionable plays late in the game, resulting in accusations that the team had deliberately lost the match for seeding purposes to avoid going up against Giants, one of the tournament's favorites, early in the playoffs.
LVP admins contacted the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) to verify whether there had been strange betting patterns related to the match, a suspicion that was denied by the independent regulator.
Going through the match log, however, LVP found that several of the players had made comments such as "it was hard to lose this round, I don't know why you won the last one," "it's hard to not kill them, I missed 30 bullets shooting him in the back and he didn't even turn around," or "we'll throw on the CT side."
LVP announced that the five players on the team are to be handed a seven-match ban, disqualifying them from the upcoming playoffs, which will take place in June. Following LVP's findings, Queso announced they would not appeal against LVP's decision and that they would part ways with their team as they are not aligned with the values and philosophy of the organization.
Queso's lineup was: