The Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) roster of Immortals is being blamed for unprofessional conduct following a series of incidences over the weekend.
Several players from the team were late to arrive for the grand final match against North at DreamHack Montreal. In light of the timing and rules, Immortals had no other choice but to forfeit the first map. A fully prepared North would later wreak havoc in Cobblestone with a 16-9 score tally to take the event and the major share of the prize money.
According to Counter Logic Gaming head coach Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa, at least three players from Immortals failed to be punctual. This includes the star player Vito “kNg” Giuseppe, Henrique “HEN1” Teles, and Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles. They are allegedly said to have spent the entire night partying, which was the reason for their tardiness in the morning.
Counter Logic Gaming had lost to Immortals in the earlier semifinals of DreamHack Montreal. Pujan “FNS” Mehta followed up by expressing regret for losing to a team that was hungover. The accusation did not go well with kNg who responded by threatening the in-game leader.
FNS later clarified that his earlier statement was a “joke” and he has nothing personal against Immortals. However, it did not stop the mill from churning more drama for the Counter-Strike community.
Immortals CEO Noah Whinston finally jumped into the pit to take control and promised that an internal investigation will uncover if the players were at any fault. Should their unprofessional conduct be confirmed, he promised “consequences” for the players.
Misconduct from players is not rare in the world of esports but is also not that common. Most professional organizations tend to keep their rosters in check. If the trio really came to play the finals while hungover from last night, they will possibly face fines or other penalties.