IEM Katowice PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational officials have disqualified OpTic Gaming from the eighth round of play, pushing the team out of a top four finish due to an abuse of a known PUBG bug.
IEM has issued the ruling in the recitation of a rule regarding bugs, glitches, and exploits that prohibits “intentionally changing your character’s angle to look through a texture or object.”
As such, OpTic will be stripped of the points earned in that round after Ian “Bahawaka” Crowe was caught abusing a bug during the live-streamed event.
Bahawaka had been observed putting away his gun before getting extremely close to the North Georgopol wall, and then maneuvering in a specific way to clip through and gain sight on the terrain outside.
The player, however, claimed that his in-game actions were due to “poor noise quality” caused by his headphones.
“I hopped into the corner to get as close as physically possible to their car rotation to track its movement,” he wrote in a post on Reddit. “If you watched the match live or are familiar with the terrain, there’s no benefit to having vision of that hill during that scenario.”
Nonetheless, IEM’s sanctions meant that OpTic was pushed out of second place and $12,000 and into fifth, with no prize money awarded, with all teams that placed after OpTic in the eighth round being moved up one position.
Cloud9 moved into second place overall, followed by Noble Esports and FaZe Clan.