Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) has finally discovered the cause behind a series of technical mishaps that plagued its League of Legends championship last week.
IEM Katowice suffered at the hands of mysterious system problems that forced the semifinal match between G2 Esports and ROX Tigers to be delayed for hours. A single game in the set was concluded after four hours while the entire series spanned across seven.
Ki “Expect” Dae-han was facing an annoying lag that would freeze his game every few minutes. Despite proposing various solutions, the nasty “jitter” could not be removed. In the end, the European League of Legends team decided to play regardless.
Speaking with theScore esports, the tournament organizer revealed that the problems were caused by software installed by the player himself during practice.
“After further testing after G2’s win, we ran performance tests on Expect’s PC, and discovered that the problem was caused by a piece of software that was installed on the PC during the warmup/practice time,” said ESL director of communications Anna Rozwandowicz. “We removed the software, tested the solution and got confirmation from the team that the problem was resolved.”
The update provided by ESL is strange in the fact that it conflicts with two previous statements.
Firstly, ESL claims that only one player was affected. According to G2 Esports founder Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez, at least three players were facing issues.
I'm being told that three of the G2 players' have PC problems since day one, and in this game it's getting really bad.
— Carlos – ocelote (@CarlosR) February 26, 2017
Secondly, Expect had his system as well as hard drives replaced by the technical staff while they tried to find a solution to the lagging problem. This was confirmed by Michal “Carmac” Blicharz, creator and head of IEM, shortly after the game was concluded.
Hence, if the software was installed the first time, it couldn’t have been there the next. That is unless the players came with external hard drives, which shouldn’t be with ESL at the moment.
For now, Rozwandowicz is declining to comment on the newly raised questions, stating that the above statement “is the only comment we [ESL] have for now” on the issue.
The software in question has not been revealed. Players do have the option of installing drivers for their gaming peripherals. There is no telling whether the issues was caused by so or some other third-party program.