Natus Vincere at CPH Games 2013: The Rea

Natus Vincere CEO, Alexander "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovskyy continues his blogging at and explains his thoughs and real situation that happened with our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team at Copenhagen Games 2012:

"I would like to write a blog which will tell you why I decided to pull out my team from the tournament, and why the admin's statement on is not true.


Situation #1: "So, when do we play?"


Here's the comment from the CPH Games representative: This morning, Na`Vi showed up at 9 and asked our receptionists when the matches started. They were told it was at 10, and at 10:14 they showed up at the venue to collect their rented PCs and set up to play.


Manager of Natus Vincere came to the venue at 09:00 a.m. and asked when the team should come. The tournament representative told him, that at they should come at 10:00 a.m. Our hotel was two minutes away from the venue. We couldn't possibly be late for 14 minutes like the tournament representative says. We sat down at our tables at 10:04 a.m. We came to the venue even earlier - at 09:58.


Situation #2: "Default loss for nonworking computers"


Her's another comment from CPH Games representative: We told them they had 15 minutes, which meant we would wait for them for 30 minutes to set up and get ready, or they would lose the first map. Since they did not get ready, they got the message that they had lost the first map against BX3 and that the second map would start at 11. So in the end, we waited one hour for them to be ready.


As mentioned above, there was no coming late. But right off the bat we got the warning that we would get punished with sanctions if we wouldn't be on the server in 10 minutes. The representative didn't tell us that one of the computers he handed us didn't actually work. This fact didn't allow us to fulfill their first request to be on the server in 10 minutes.


According to the official schedule:


29.03 10:00 CET Natus Vincere [x:x] BX3

29.03 13:30 CET Natus Vincere [x:x] Epsilon

29.03 17:00 CET Natus Vincere [x:x] Fnatic


So, it's 3.5 hours per game with Bo3. Of course, even 2.5 hours would be plenty for us to finish this Bo3. Playing without pauses, 5 minutes per break between the maps, etc. Instead, the organizers just gave us the default loss. They didn't tell us to play with 4 guys of the team ready, the didn't ask BX3 players to wait (and I'm sure they would, I have some special respect for Norwegians), they didn't even give us a 3-6-9 round penalty. No warning, just default loss which is the most harsh punishment in a tournament.


Situation #3 - "The triumph of the dullards"


A comment from CPH Games representative: "As stated in the rules, tiebreakers are solved as follows, using Na`Vi's group as an example: Tiebreaker3:  Point differential in all series (Na?Vi were the only team to lose a map against BX3, which is why they placed third in the group)."


I don't get how he could be so mistaken. Wait, or did he just lie on purpose?! There are official rules on the tournament's website! It clearly states:

In the main group stages teams will receive 2 points for a victory, 0 points for a loss.

If teams are tied on points in any group stage the standing between these teams will be decided firstly by the result of the match between the teams concerned, then by points differential in the matches between the teams concerned and then by points differential in all matches concerning the teams in question.


The rules clearly state one thing: only the concerned teams are considered while deciding.

- If teams are tied on points in any group stage the standing between these teams will be decided firstly by the result of the match between the teams concerned -  all 3 teams have 1-1-1 here.

- then by points differential in the matches between the teams concerned - all teams have 0 (2-1; 1-2; 2-1) 

and then by points differential in all matches concerning the teams in question - here's the dullards' triumph! Let's count points. But only "win"-points count! Every team won 2 matches = 4 points (all 3 teams). EVEN IF we count maps, it's 6 maps = 12 points for all 3 teams! There's absolutely nothing that could allow admins to factor in the results of the match against Norwegians, because the rules state they don't count! In other words, all 3 teams have EQUAL number of points in every aspect.


There could not possibly be any other option. It's clear that the round differential between the contenders should be considered (the same way it was handled during CPH Games last year; also ESL, ESWC, Starladder, GameGune, Dreamhack and ESEA use the same system, ALL major tourneys use it). In other words, coming late and default loss wouldn't even matter. We have a video which proves that the admins decided to count rounds (we would be able to come out on top that way). Then you can see an fnatic player pushing the admin to alter the decision:


The admins ruled out their decision according to the official rules at first, but then changed it in favor of a Danish player.


Summing up...


I was watching the match against fnatic with our art-director in a Japanese restaurant on my iPhone 5. We screamed and shouted cheering for our team. I was very proud of my boys at that moment. They proved once again that they really CAN do it. They can fight, believe in victory and surprise us. Big thanks to them for that they keep making me and the fans happy. The are really able to show some world class Counter-Strike.


The decision to pull out of the tournament was initiated by me and was supported by most players. I'm also thankful to them for their "ball of steel", because nobody in the modern history has done that kind of thing. I know that some of you (and players) wanted to keep playing (got used to that kind of treatment from organizers, not much you could). I'm sorry if I didn't make your expectations come true. But I can assure you that this precedent will initiate an irreversible reaction which will transform the eSports and will serve as a foundation for the future generation of eSports.


All the teams are putting up with that disrespectful treatment of the organizers and consider it a norm. I don't. Don't have patience anymore. You all are afraid for your ratings, sites and stream traffic to fall. You are afraid for your tournament finishes taken away from you. At the same time, the rights of the teams are constantly violated by the organizers. How foolish was I a couple of years ago thinking that it wouldn't affect us. It affects us all!


How many times the teams spent tens of thousands of dollars and didn't get their prize money? How many times the admins made ridiculous and biased decisions? Why the rules are ALWAYS different? How long can we put up with top teams participating in poorly organized tournaments? The time of professionals in eSports has arrived. The professionals with honest hearts and men of dignity. Their word will mean much more than just a signature on a paper.


Everyone will benefit in the long run only from when all efforts of the teams and organizers are put towards the development and the overall progress of eSports in general. Next two weeks will be the beginning of a new turn in eSports which will dramatically influence the development and popularization of eSports in the whole world."

AuthorXeozor Date30 March 2013, 21:57 Views54164 Comments673
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