AGO disqualified for stream sniping

Gijs Verhoeff
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: xkom

How many times do we have to say this.

Don't. Have. A. Stream. Open.

Just don't. If you're in the same room, even if you have nothing to do with the team, just leave or close your stream. Go to a different room, sit in a corner with a blanket over your head, or go watch the game on the toilet.

For all we care, you could go to the Moon to watch the game, just as long as your team isn't playing on the Moon either. Can we make that happen? First LAN on the Moon.

Anyways. Why are we going on this tangent about streams?

It's simple - and we don't mean the Ukrainian - AGO won the ESL Polish Championship, but a video turned up of them celebrating with a PC with the stream open in the background. Apparently, people who were in contact with the team during the game were watching the stream. Bad news. Consequently, they were stripped of their win, after a joint ESL and ESIC investigation.

They concluded, even though the stream had a delay, and proof was given of no malicious intent, that if they were going to fine Vitality $10,000 for the same thing, they might as well disproportionally punish AGO. Great.

So, in short, just DON'T watch the stream in the same room as the player, whether physical or virtual. Because if it's up to ESIC and TO's, you're done for. It's all about risk assessment.

May 27, 2021

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