Virtus.pro swept a two game series against Cloud9 to win the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals at the DreamHack Open in Bucharest this weekend. However, during the finals, some people in the crowd began holding up signs to Virtus.pro reading “THEY ARE B” and “THEY ARE A,” potentially revealing important information about what Cloud 9 was or wasn’t up to.
CSGO "fans" throwing shit at casters and holding up signs like this is fucking awful. Way to be twats. ( ° ͜ʖ͡°)╭∩╮ pic.twitter.com/kine0kTgus— Lauren Scott (@TheyCallMePansy) September 18, 2016
I forget that esports isn't just this small scene of people who are truly passionate now, sadly its very much open to fuck heads too.— Lauren Scott (@TheyCallMePansy) September 18, 2016
In this case, it was no doubt more of a troll than anything else, but some feel it threatens the integrity of the game either way. With $US50,000 ($66,739) on the line, any distraction can cause havoc for the teams competing, and it’s up to venues and tournament organisers to prevent disruptions like the above.
As Canadian CS:GO caster Sadokist! pointed out, some in the crowd were throwing things at those on the announcer panel as well.
2/2 The majority were great, both throwing things at casters, trolling teams with signs of pure disgrace, and obnoxious noises let me down.— Sadokist! (@Sadokist) September 18, 2016
For its part, the event organisers at DreamHack said on Twitter that they were vigilante and responded swiftly.
We’ve been very observant about this. The person in question was thrown out as soon as we spotted it that round. https://t.co/NtVoYvKXzM— DreamHack (@DreamHack) September 18, 2016
Virtus.pro couldn’t be less concerned, however, content to celebrate a stunning win today against a worthy opponent.
CHAMPIONS!!! pic.twitter.com/zFwwyyfuqb— Team Virtus.pro (@TeamVirtuspro) September 18, 2016