Earlier this evening, we witnessed an incredible series between Tit and snowww in the final round of the New World Championships qualifiers. This was a high-stakes match, perhaps even one of the most important matches in the history of Age of Empires 3, since the winner of this series won a ticket to the $4000 LAN event this July. The score was 3-3 when the players went into the 7th and final game on Florida when allegations of smurfing came to our attention.
We can confirm, by investigating the history of IP-addresses of relevant ESO accounts and forum accounts, that the final game on Tit's account was played by kynesie.
Several details in the pregame and the gameplay raised our suspicions. Our team has been hosting tournaments for years now and this is not the first time we've seen signs of cheating. It saddens me personally to see yet another instance of cheating and I would like to reiterate that ESOC and EscapeAOE do not tolerate cheating of any kind and that we will continue to take a hard stance against any kinds of cheating in our tournaments.
In 2015, we witnessed the birth of ESOC and the subsequential growth of Age of Empires 3 tournaments, and 2019 has already started stronger than any other year with the upcoming LAN event. But as ESOC grows, it’s important to consider the substantial impact an individual player has on the health and stability of the game and the integrity of tournaments. All this does is hurt the tournament, the viewers, and, ultimately, the game itself.
All together, the information we have collected makes us uncomfortable in continuing any involvement with these individuals. Therefore, we are sad but forced to announce that Tit and kynesie are both disqualified from the NWC tournament. This means that snowww and tabben have qualified for the Top 8 LAN event. Tit and kynesie are both indefinitely banned from tournament play.
Thank you for understanding this hard decision. We will try to answer any questions that may be left, and we would like to ask everyone to keep the discussion in this thread. All other threads related to this incident will be locked/removed.
The Tournament Admins.
Good job by the ESOC and Escape team doing what is required in exceptional circumstances.
Bring on the LAN.
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charlemango wrote:Fuck, I was saying in the chat that we shouldn't spread accusations against players :(
we still shouldn't tbh
tabben and snowww got alt-d
how they arent abusable mechanics ???
Strategical management SKG
gustavusadolphus wrote:Is evidence of these accusations going to shared?
You can't share IPs due to privacy concerns.
breeze wrote:they cant even guess how much f***ing piece of stupid retarded they look they are trying to give lesson to people who are over pr35 and know the best mu. im pretty sure that we need a page that only pr30+ post and then we could have a nice discussins.
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