According to various reports, the SEA Qualifiers of WESG did not go the way they were supposed to.
The World Electronic Sports Games is a tournament held by the Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group. It sees teams representing their nations, and various teams throughout the world participate in the tournament. It is, in fact, the only Olympic-style esports competition.
The SEA Qualifiers for the WESG ended today with the regional finals at the Quill City Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But the tournament was not smooth, and there were complaints doing the rounds on the internet.
According to new WESG rules, 4 teams from SEA would qualify for the main event. The slots were to be given to the top 4 teams from the qualifiers. WG.Unity, BOOM ID and TNC had placed in the top 3. The fourth position was a tie between Veteran, IQ, MEGA Aorus and Resurgence, each having a score of 2-2.
According to the WESG rules, in case of a tie, the team with a win in the shortest game would get the win, followed by a team with the highest kills. Apparently, WESG did not follow their own rules.
If the rules were to be followed, Veteran from Myanmar would have been given the fourth spot. But instead, the organizers chose to go with a Bo1 round robin tournament between IQ, MEGA Aorus and Resurgence. The winner would then play Veteran in a Bo1 match. This did not sit well with fans, and they took to Reddit and Facebook to show their discontent.
Seeing the backlash, WESG issued a statement of their own on Facebook, saying that they apologized to the fans for changing the rules. They said:
After a full day of Dota2 tournaments on Thursday (13.12.2018), Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar all have gotten the same result of 2-2. According to the rules, in the event of a tie-breaker; the team who spent the least amount of time to win the game would be the winner which was supposed to be Myanmar.
However, concerns of unfairness and advantages to a certain team were bought up to the community. The concerns mainly revolved around the fact that winning Dota2 is not about being the fastest team to end the game. Our tournament operations team then gathered all involve countries, which were Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar to have a discussion. A lot of concerns were raised, and after hearing everyone out, we admitted that deciding tie-breakers by the fastest game played is something exploitable. We apologize for this.
Thus, to maintain fairness to the players who supported and joined our tournament, we had the responsibility to fix the mistake we had done. A few options were proposed, and in the end, we decided to have three countries (Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam) to have a round robin BO1 and the winner will fight against Myanmar Team (Team Veteran) in a BO1 to determine the 4th team to qualify to the semi-finals.
Here is their apology in full:
What do you think? Was the move fair on WESG's part?