After a series of problems surrounding the handling of the Flashpoint Open Qualifiers, FACEIT's Milos Nedeljkovic has published a statement to tackle the majority of these concerns.
Initially, the Flashpoint Open Qualifiers clashed with Open Qualifiers for the ESL One Rio Major.
Creative director Duncan "Thorin" Shields stated that FLASHPOINT had dates locked in before ESL, but it later transpired the dates had shifted since that confirmation and thus ESL were not at fault.
This clash is not ESL’s fault. Our dates were cleared some time ago, but shifted (by us.) @ThoorinOfficial was told the initial dates were cleared. B Site is making changes to avoid the overlap.— Dan Fiden (@dfiden) February 4, 2020
The Flashpoint Qualifiers were then moved to new dates later in the week to prevent the clash.
On 9th February, the entire third Open Qualifier had to be restarted as a result of the "unforeseen technical infrastructure issue which caused the first two rounds of the bracket to have inconsistencies, with teams being placed in multiple matches at the same time" as explained in the statement.
Just beat the best seeded team in the tournament, @forzegg and admin goes "Bracket issues, new qual. in an hour, everyones welcome". Gotta love esport, huh— Yacine Laghmari (@YACINELAGHMARI) February 9, 2020
Yacine "yzn" Laghmari's team had beaten the highest-seeded team, forZe, before this restart was initiated and took to social media to question the decision.
A FACEIT admin known as "FearSC" went on to mock yzn for his removal from FPL rather than address the issues surrounding the qualifier.
The following day, Turkey5's Engin "MAJ3R" Kupeli Tweeted that his team had to play with a bot as a technical pause was not allowed to be taken.
Like i like faceit but how its possible to not have technical pause in a officiel qualifier match, we played with a bot 7 rounds wp no flashpoint for us.— MAJ3R (@Maj3r_) February 10, 2020
In the full statement, it is explained that previous abuse of the pause system in large qualifiers led to the decision to prevent directly stopping the game, but that an admin can be called in to initiate the pause. Going forward, the rule will be adjusted and made clearer to teams to prevent similar issues recurring.
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