08.03.2018
Ruling: OpTic Gaming DQ’ed from Game 8 of the PUBG Invitational at IEM Katowice
OpTic Gaming found guilty for bug abuse during game 8 of the PUBG Invitational and is therefore disqualified for that round, leading to a nullification of points.

Situation

During game 8 of the PUBG Invitational at IEM Katowice 2018 OpTic Gaming have been in a fight with LGD Gaming in North Georgopol during the early stages of the match. Despite seeing one of the LGD members retreating by car, OpTic Bahawaka was seen on stream using a bug that lets you see through building walls (see here). This bug is only possible by following certain patterns (no weapon + special movement).

Ruling

According to point 5.6 "Usage of Bugs, Glitches & Exploits" of the rulebook, the following applies:

To keep tournaments as efficient as possible, ESL reserves the right to disqualify teams. This will only be done in cases where a team purposefully stalls or attempts to block the tournament from starting.

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  • Intentionally changing your character's angle to look through a texture or object is prohibited.

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The intentional use of any bugs, glitches, or errors in the game is strictly forbidden and will be penalised. Any team found to be using any known exploit will forfeit their game upon the first occurrence of the exploit.

Given the bug can only be abused by following a certain pattern, the league administration have found OpTic Bahawaka guilty according to 5.6 of the rules. Followingly, the league administration have decided to disqualify OpTic Gaming for game 8 and therefore remove all of their points for that round. All teams placing worse than OpTic Gaming in game 8 have moved up one position for game 8 accordingly.

Ranking updates (top 5)

Team

Points (old)

Team

Points (new)

Avangar

1956

Avangar

1960

OpTic Gaming

1881

Cloud9

1654

Cloud9

1624

Noble

1550

FaZe Clan

1535

FaZe Clan

1535

Noble

1530

OpTic Gaming

1521