Team Elevate, one of the favorites to secure the ongoing Call of Duty World League Championship, was forced to concede its run due to controller issues.
With the scoreline 1-2 in favor of Mindfreak Black from Australia, the North American side went into the third map to fight its way back. Team Elevate started strongly as well, gaining a 30 plus point advantage over its opponent. However, that is when the situation took a turn for the worse.
Zach “Zed” Denyer, one of the key players for the side, began to experience issues with his controller. According to chief executive officer Brandon Hatfield (via PvP Live), the referees were instantly informed about the problem. However, nothing could be done because the rules of Major League Gaming (MLG) explicitly state that the responsibility of controllers malfunctioning is on the players and team.
There is one rule that allows the opposing team to agree to restart the map. However, with $1.5 million on the line, Mindfreak Black demanded to be given a lead of at least 60 points before agreeing to the restart. Team Elevate opposed the idea since it was the one with the lead, and offered half of that as a score advantage. Without any compromise, the officials went ahead to rule the last map in favor of Mindfreak Black in a controversial finish.
“It’s a truly heartbreaking situation for any player on the losing side,” said Hatfield on Twitter. “Do I wish Mindfreak would have replayed the map? Yeah, absolutely – its the right thing to do. Its a shame they took that win. I don’t really care what anyone says to me. It was not an honorable win. I was raised differently I guess. Regardless, I don’t want to blame the org or players too much. Ultimately, this is too big of a tournament for technical issues to determine the outcome. I wish this game had a way to pause. I wish MLG had different rules. I wish a lot was different about this game and scene in general.”
The 2017 Call of Duty World Championship will be the last major event that features Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Sledgehammer Games is on track to release the new Call of Duty: WWII in November. We will have to wait and see what esports plans the new installment has in store for the community.