It should be no surprise to readers of the site that 2 of the top Clash Royale accounts are played by the same player, as HKEsports CEO Derek Cheung had clearly stated in our interview with him. Today, top player and Twitch streamer xSCWx noticed that one of Derek’s account changed clans, and claimed that one account may be helping the other account “trophy push” and keeping 鍾培生 as the #1 player on both the Supercell Forum and Reddit Subpage.
For more context on this claim, understand that for top players of the game, it often takes a good 10+ minutes to queue up for a game, as there are much fewer players within 100-200 trophies to play with. If you happen to have 2 accounts that are high up on the rankings (like 鍾培生 and 鍾培生的小號), you could theoretically time it so the accounts play each other, and decide how the trophies will be allocated from the result of the match. This obviously can only happen if the 2 accounts are in different clans, and for a short period of time today (as noticed by xSCWx), 鍾培生的小號 was a part of clan 420 and not HKEsport.
Players are obviously not happy that rigging could be happening in the game. In fact, even Chief Pat directly replied to the accusation post on Reddit:
“I’ve been suspecting this for a while… combined with the current meta (rocket/mortar etc.), haven’t been having too much fun up top & have mostly stopped playing for fear of breaking my iPad.
I sent this thread to someone on the team, would be extremely surprised if it weren’t addressed before global launch.”
So is Derek cheating the system by feeding trophies from one account to the other? Before jumping to conclusions, Glory from the Clan 420 gave his side of the story on the Supercell forum:
“I am Glory in the clan 420 and I invited him as a joke thinking he wouldn’t join and he actually joined.
I was surprised and he immediately didn’t say anything but we asked him questions, he says he cannot play against his second account since it wouldn’t let him but I don’t know if that is a lie.
Anyways he could play people in HKE without joining a clan. If you have any questions please reply.
Having 2 accounts accounts is only bannable if it’s on the same device but he likely has multiple devices if he’s will to have 2 max accounts. Supercell should investigate his replays if they want to see if you can face your own account.”
Derek eventually caught wind of the discussion about him, and as expected he was not happy with the accusations. Instead of addressing the accusations directly, he wanted to make clear that he deserves to be the #1 player and wants to back it up with his play:
“very simple , i have 1 hour before work , go on stream and i will queue u till i start work, stop crying about it ,ZZzzzz i am holding ranked 1 and 2 , come take points from both my accounts
ps. how often u see me lost on royale TV? once in 20? yes i cheated with my fast fingers”
While Derek does not address the issue directly, the fact is for a player to earn trophies in this game, you must win. If Derek is able to have the Top 2 accounts in the game, then the only way he is able to do so is by winning a large majority of his matches. 鍾培生’s account is stronger than 鍾培生的小號 (one is tower lvl12 and the other was tower lvl11), so I would believe that his #1 account should not have problems earning trophies on its own – unless the account just can’t find a match until xSCWx or another Top 10 player comes online). Also, I believe that if his intention was to rig matches, he probably wouldn’t do it in such an obvious way that even a non-Chinese reader can tell both accounts belong to the same person.
Still, what xSCWx points out is an inherent flaw with the current trophy accumulation and matching system in Clash Royale. I wouldn’t be surprised if other top players with multiple accounts are doing this (and as a fact there are many of them out there), and this is something that Supercell will need to address.