Fnatic forfeits Counter Strike victory after “Pixel-walking”
Today we’ve learned that Fnatic, a pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, has forfeited a rematch against team LDLC. Fnatic had previously utilized a map exploit to win the match during the $250,000 DreamHack Winter eSports event.
The exploit they utilized was simple. They boosted one of their players to a ledge that gives a good view and sniping position of almost the entire Overpass map. A YouTube user by the name of David Kallberg posted a video showing how you can give players a boost:
In essence, the Fnatic player who was up there was standing on an invisible ledge that he should not have been able to reach. DreamHack’s rules don’t explicitly forbid this, but it does count as “Pixel-walking”, which was forbidden at the Summer DreamHack event.
The team that lost, LDLC filed a protest, and the DreamHack administrators took it into consideration. After some deliberation, they decided that the two teams would need to replay the match to determine the true winner.
Since this decision came down, Fnatic has decided to forfeit the rematch. “Yesterday we competed against LDLC, in one of our toughest matches of the year,” they stated on their Facebook page. “However, the result caused a considerable distraction from the joy and excitement that a CS:GO Major should provide the community. The best matches are still to come, and we want to make sure they get the attention they deserve. With tremendous respect towards the CS:GO community and other teams we have decided to withdraw from the tournament.”
What are your thoughts on their decision? Was it the honorable thing to do?