Statement from Team Unikrn re: recent match controversy

Statement from Team Unikrn re: recent match controversy

This past weekend our female CSGO team competed in the IEM Katowice qualifier. On the 3rd map of an elimination match against Revival the server unexpectedly restarted. The score at that moment was 15-11 for Team Unikrn, with Revival in very bad economic shape.

See below for a screenshot of the game details:


After 45 minutes, the admin restored the server with a score of 14-11; a clearly unjust decision that the community was quick to recognize. We’d like to thank influencers like Richard “shox” Papillon from G2 Esports for creating awareness of the situation on Twitter, which ultimately made it to the front page of the Global Offensive Subreddit.

This was a devastating outcome for our girls, who had spent the week bootcamping around the clock in Berlin at the Caseking HQ. Noticeably shaken, they were unable to rebound, and the match ended 16-14 for Revival.

While we understand that mistakes happen, the poor communication from the ESEA admin handling the situation was very disappointing. We captured all the screens and shared this information with ESEA immediately. Our team volunteered screenshots and demos to prove their case, however they were offered no explanation as to why the match was restarting with the incorrect score. 

At Unikrn we are heavily focused on the competitive integrity of all eSports to help ensure the long-term stability of this exciting new industry. As such, we are investing in the first, and most comprehensive competitive integrity program for eSports. Together with our investors and partners we are committed to making sure that professional gamers are well supported in the ecosystem. We are also passionate advocates for women in esports, and would love to see the industry get behind this movement.

We are still waiting to hear from ESEA on the matter. However, we are optimistic after a tweet from Brett Sheffield (@fewowns) recently surfaced on reddit announcing that the match would be replayed beginning with the 27th round, and a score of 15-11 for Team Unikrn.

Thank you to everyone in the community who rallied to support our girls!

Follow our team on Twitter @TeamUnikrn and watch the highly anticipated re-match!

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