In an LCK playoff game, a bug in League of Legends caused a controversial pause.
The most recent glitch has impacted the League's item shop, putting the MOBA's competitive integrity at jeopardy. About 30 minutes into game two of a match between DWG KIA and KT Rolster, KT halted the game for 45 minutes when Kim Aiming Ha-ram attempted to purchase and then refund an item.
According to Ashley Kang's translation, Ornn used his passive skill, Living Forge, to enhance the Kalistas Immortal Shiedlbow item. Then when Aiming went to purchase and refund Stopwatch, the effects on the item were reversed.
Riots' response, while potentially game-breaking, riled people up the most.
"We would like to make a statement in response to the pause in game two of KT vs. DK and #LCK playoffs." pic.twitter.com/dal1mywu7j
According to reporter Ashley Kang, KT made a strong complaint about the item situation at the time of the controversial pause. The shop issue could not be identified as a bug because no one was alerted prior to it taking place.
After losing 2-0, KT Rolster said the players will continue to perform to their best. Please stand behind them till the end.
Many fans expressed worry and displeasure over why players were required to notify Riot staff ahead of time about the bugs. One fan pointed out that LCK has made the decision to continue games when its an unknown bug or a known bug, seemingly blaming the players either way.
So now players must:check Runes at the start of every match, and check their inventory for errors every time they refund an item? This cannot be allowed to continue forever.
Riot Games hasn't responded to the situation with KT Rolster or addressed the issue specifically. However, after such a big issue, players are hoping that a hotfix will be released soon.