After an investigation Psyonix and Lets.PlayLive have banned Aiden "delusioN" Hendry and Finlay "Frenzyy" Rockach, formerly of Team Esper, after they were shown to throw their final game in the Rocket League Oceanic Championship.
Teammate Steve "SSteve" Berrospi avoided a ban after being cleared by the investigation.
A competitive ruling has been reached regarding our Rocket League Oceanic Championship match on Sunday 5th April.— LPL Play (@LPL_Play) April 7, 2020
Team Esper entered the match with a chance of securing a Playoff if they won 3-0 or 3-1. They initially went 2-0 up, but a FURY comeback levelled the tie 2-2. A FURY win in Game 5 would have sent FURY into the Playoffs, while a Team Esper win would have allowed Renegade to progress.
Any question of who was going to go through was quickly settled, Team Esper started the match with all three players failing to hit the ball at kick-off - a rarity in any game of Rocket League but almost impossible at the pro-level.
It was obvious to anyone watching that there was something amiss, with one caster pointing out that, "It might be that Team Esper just don't want Renegades in Playoffs".
Fury won the tie, and within hours Team Esper had dropped their roster.
delusioN initially tried to defend his performance saying that "PC freezing" was the reason for the poor performance - an explanation that was met with ridicule by the Rocket League community.
Buy new pc— RixRonday (@Rix_Ronday) April 5, 2020
His tone had changed considerably today after the announcement of the ban.
"Very unprofessional of Psyonix to be influenced by the Ssteve's outburst and the media and not give me and Frenzyy a fair trial." He said. Adding, "Cya in 2021 rats".
SSteve had come out in the hours after the game to distance himself from this teammates and this may have been what ultimately saved him.
Besides everything going on right now, I’d like to thank @LetsPlayLiveHQ for another great season of RL. I am truly sorry the way it ended. As of yesterday, I decided that I am no longer a part of the Ex-Esper roster.— SSteve (@SSteveRL) April 6, 2020
He expressed gratitude to Psyonix and Lets.PlayLive for the decision not to ban him.
Thank you so much for @PsyonixStudios@LetsPlayLiveHQ for taking their time to evaluate the situation and allowing me stay in the competition! Thanks to everyone who have supported me since Sunday. I will hopefully be back for the Spring Series qualifiers later this month.— SSteve (@SSteveRL) April 8, 2020
Frenzyy and delusioN were banned under section 7.2.1. of the Rocket League Championship Series Player Code of Conduct which states that players must "play to the best of her or his ability at all times during any match."
Their ban will be lifted on 7th April 2021.