Posted 2013-09-17 Vuggo
After a turbulent weekend for the Fnatic CS:GO team at Dreamhack Bucharest, we - the Fnatic management, are ready to address the controversial epilogue to our Counter-Strike division's group-stage match versus NiP-Gaming.
Naturally our immediate action upon the unfortunate situation was to repair the damaged relationship between Fnatic, NiP and Dreamhack, rather than rushing a publication of an official statement.
Meanwhile, we have taken the necessary actions and have had discussions with the Fnatic players in question, in order to ensure that a similar situation will not occur in the future. Exactly what is included in these penalties will remained unsaid but we can ensure you, that this incident was taken very seriously and dealt with as high priority, since we appreciate that our position as a world-leading gaming organisation also comes with a big responsibility towards the sport and fans.
On behalf of the Fnatic organisation and the concerned players I am hereby issuing our sincere apology to the gaming community and the affected team for our player’s behavior. In the Future, we will do our very best to maintain consistency and professionalism.
At the same time I would like to call for moderation when it comes to the reactions of the community regarding this incident. The athletes of our sport are simply emotional human beings like you and I. We all fail and disappoint from time to time, and this certainly includes the Fnatic Counter-Strike:GO players, whom were unable to maintain their composure after the very emotional situation of having to replay the over-time to gain victory. Something that regretfully resulted in acts of unsportsmanlike behaviour.
We find it unfortunate that the root of the match-conflict has been completely forgotten due to the situation which followed. Therefore we would like to officially maintain our stance that the ruling of the Dreamhack officials was not appropriate or correct and below the professional expectations we have of tournament organisations of such standards. This certainly does not explain or justifies our behavior, but in order to gain something from this debacle we would love to see an improved rulebook and a more proactive approach by tournaments officials during matches.
Finally, our odyssey towards perfection will now continue, and it's from today's wisdoms about our failings and disappointments we find the recipe to constantly improve ourselves.
Patrik ”cArn” Sättermon