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PGI Follow Up: PUBG LATAM confirms no evidence of foul play, but penalty stands

Posted By Team Secret June 30, 2018

Team Secret was called into a meeting today with the Brazil PUBG LATAM Event Organizer (a first time LAN organizer), on the events of last night.  It’s heartbreaking to see our players work so hard, and have the rules being made up on the spot against them – rules that are against all tournament standards and norms, even those of PGI Qualifiers in other regions.

PUBG LATAM confirmed Team Secret was NOT hacking or using at cheats related to the game.

League Ops (the admin watching our team from behind, during the game) confirms that no members of Team Secret left or alt-tabbed out of any games to look at external information.

Furthermore, we have invited a full review of our individual player replays to determine if any of our players did anything inappropriate.

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PUBG LATAM confirms they are not able to verify whether outside information was used or not during Game 2 of yesterday.

When asked why a penalty was finalized without actual proof that information was used during Game 2, the response was:

The decision is mine and it is final – Head of PUBG LATAM

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The penalty was assessed based on “having information on the tournament computers” – which pertains to the team Discord discussions in between games. Naturally those messages can come in at any time, and would still be technically ‘on the tournament computers’ throughout the tournament.

When asked to review individual player replays to prove without a doubt that no player on Team Secret exited or alt-tabbed to Discord while Game 2 was live, the response was:

The decision is mine and it is final – Head of PUBG LATAM

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PUBG LATAM confirms that ANY communications on tournament PCs is punishable. Communications are defined by Twitter usage, Discord usage, Facebook usage, etc. Perhaps the first LAN event in esports history where this is the case. Not only was Discord PRE-INSTALLED on tournament PCs, but certainly at other PGI Qualifiers it was allowed in between games.

When asked where in the official rules sheet Discord is not allowed, the response was:

Well the admin said it. The decision is mine and it is final – Head of PUBG LATAM

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Furthermore, in addition to the penalty “evidence” of having Discord conversations on tournament PCs, another cited point for penalty was entries in our player browser histories of Twitch.tv. Every tournament our team has attended allows viewing Twitch stream after team elimination, and during down time, and nowhere in the rules is this not allowed.

When asked where in the rules sheet Twitch.tv is not allowed, the response was:

Well there’s still the Discord thing – Head of PUBG LATAM

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When asked if individual player replays may be reviewed to prove players were completely in Game 2 and not checking Discord, the response was:

I don’t know but the decision is mine and it is final – Head of PUBG LATAM

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When asked if there is someone we can appeal the decision with, to review the hard replay evidence, and make a final ruling based on the actual facts:

The decision is mine and it is final – Head of PUBG LATAM