Manifesto of Responsibility
Natus Vincere would like to ease the pressure between the organizers of CPH Games and our organization. We sincerely hope that the words below will be perceived the way they are meant and won't cause any further conflict.
According to the schedule of CPH Games, the matches were going to start at 10:00 a.m. This document was published on the tournament's official website long before the event. Basically, it means that the team’s management didn't pay enough attention to this information, putting our guys at risk. Considering this circumstances, we admit that coming to the venue later than 09:30 a.m. could (and probably should) be considered as being late. We also understand that if the players weren't able to start their match in time because of this, they could be punished with the corresponding sanctions which was exactly the case. As an organization, we will also apply some sanctions to the management for carelessness. Adding to this, we kindly ask our fans, the CPH Games viewers and team BX3 (as well as everybody else involved in the conflict) to accept our sincere apologies for that.
On the other side, even if we factor in coming a bit late, the team could start their first match without violating the admin's warning about all five players being on the server in 15 minutes. The problem which caused the team to violate it was technical problems with PC's which were rented directly from the organizers. One of the computers just kept rebooting. Now, these PC's weren't ours, they were not free - the team paid money to rent it from the organizers. This said, what time frame should be considered reasonable for coming early just to double-check that paid PC's would function properly? Unfortunately, this question can't be answered because during the tournament there were a lot of other players and teams who likewise paid for renting their computers from the organizers but still faced similar technical problems as we did. So, who is really responsible for that?
An event’s admin is a "guard" who makes sure everything is in order. This person, who knows all the rules and regulations, should demand everyone to follow them. Many teams don't read the tournament’s terms before the event. A sad fact, but it's true. Nevertheless, we often witness admins themselves not knowing their own badly worded rules, causing a lot of problems like altering decisions made, punishing different teams with different sanctions for the same violations, etc. As a result, the matches get delayed. Now, who really is responsible for that?
The CPH Games representatives claimed that their primary goal is to make this event with as minimum delays as possible, but the event finished at around 04:00 a.m. Who's responsible for this kind of delay: the players or the admins?
The tournament staff protect their interest with the regulations, rules, and admins. Now, how can the players and teams protect theirs? What should participants do in order to get functioning PCs? What actions should they take if the event becomes a marathon finishing late at night? How should the teams react when the prize money payouts are delayed for an unknown period of time? Who's to blame for badly worded rules? The players have a much longer list of possible reasonable complaints, than the tournament organizers do.
We saw many comments stating that if a team has poor sportsmanship ethics coupled with unimpressive results, their complaints shouldn't be really considered. Obviously, these comments were written by some ideal people, who never experienced any kind of failures and never had problems. We're really sorry we have never met these guys. Now, poor sportsmanship and other inappropriate actions of the players should be punished according to the tournaments regulations, while, reversibly, the players have a sole option of pulling out of the tournament and just leaving.
We stand for both sides having corresponding responsibilities. If some people consistently fail to do their job properly, not wishing to do everything possible for eSports to grow, they should be punished with different sanctions up to excluding them from our community. Otherwise, this one-sided impunity will sooner or later lead to more and more problems which will make all the community suffer really badly in the end. eSports should stop putting the money at the head of everything else and stop ignoring the fact that oftentimes the players are put in extremely unacceptable conditions.
At the moment, all of this is just words. Let's face it, right now most of the organizers don't care a dime about the conditions which the players and the teams have to play in during the event. The status-quo will be maintained for as long as the teams accept everything just to try and win some money. If the players don't mind playing big matches with loud music on the stage, if they have patience to play all day long until late at night, if they silently obey any controversial admin decisions, and many other ifs - If yes, then someday you're going to be in a pretty similar spot to where Natus Vincere unfortunately happened to find themselves in Denmark a couple of days ago.
This won't be easy. It will be some kind of revolution, but nobody except for the players themselves can initiate this process. We are ready to sit down and negotiate the responsibilities of the sides during the events, up to financial fines for violating the terms between the players and the organizers. We stand for teams and organizers having clearly stated rights and obligations. More importantly, there should be understanding what price they'll have to pay for violating it. Sooner or later, we'll come to a conclusion that top teams' participation in a tournament can only be guaranteed if and only if all the requirements are fulfilled by the organizers. Let's make it happen as soon as possible.
Xeozor 2 April 2013, 18:16 3255 14