Aussie Overwatch Contenders Team Disqualified Over 'Ineligible Players'

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Despite the lack of an official presence in the Overwatch League, Australia has continued to punch above their weight when it comes to Blizzard's professional scene. But one team has flown a little too close to the sun, with the winners of the first Overwatch Contenders trials season for 2019 being disqualified for using ineligible players.

Blizzard's official esports account for Australia announced that Hot Sauce, a team that finished first in the group stage of the first Overwatch Contenders trials for 2019, has been disqualified following an investigation:

Overwatch Contenders Tournament Administration was informed of a situation where ineligible players were allegedly competing on team Hot Sauce in an official Contenders Australia Trials match. After a comprehensive investigation, these allegations were confirmed to be true.

Hot Sauce finished top of the trials group stage, going 22-7 over the course of their 29 matches. They only lost two games over the course of the stage, one to Legacy (1:3) and one to Mindfreak (2:3). Legacy finished second in the group stage, and had already qualified for the first full Contenders season this year.

But because of Hot Sauce's disqualification, Mindfreak G will move into the main Contenders stage in Hot Sauce's place.

Kotaku Australia has contacted Blizzard for clarification on who the ineligible players were, and the reasons surrounding their ineligibility. We'll update this story as more information comes to light.


Comments

    I don't understand writing an article when you don't have most of the pertinent details.

    See now I'm curious how they would've faired legitimately!!

    What do they mean by ineligible? Like, where they previously banned, and are using new accounts? Or something else?

      Did you even read the article...?

      "Kotaku Australia has contacted Blizzard for clarification on who the ineligible players were, and the reasons surrounding their ineligibility. We'll update this story as more information comes to light."

        exactly. the author should have got the details before posting

          Blizzard were the ones who publicly announced (on Twitter, no less) that the previous champions of the trials stage had been disqualified. That's reportable in and of itself, although the specifics as to why are also definitely of interest too. There are some suggestions as to the reasons why, and I've heard rumours from people in the community, but I can't report on those without verification.

        I think TheJagji was asking for some speculation as to what the ineligibility might pertain to.

    news flash.
    you dont need to wait for all the details to emerge to present an ongoing news story.

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