OpTic Gaming disqualified from a round of PUBG IEM Invitational after exploiting a bug

By Sherif Saed
8 March 2018 13:34 GMT

OpTic Gaming’s Bahawaka was found guilty of triggering a particular exploit in PUBG during game eight of the PUBG Invitational at IEM Katowice.

The tournament took place during the last weekend in February, and it saw major esports teams like Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, and FaZe compete for $50,000 in prize money.

Unfortunately, during game eight, OpTic Gaming’s Bahawaka decided to use a wall glitch that allowed him to see through the wall. The glitch doesn’t happen by accident and requires certain steps to achieve.

Here’s a clip of that moment in the tourney:

Bahawaka was called out for it at the time, but some defended the player saying that what we saw was just a spectator glitch. However, after investigating further, the ESL decided that this was an intentional use of the bug.

Further evidence was provided by TeamLiquid captain Scoom, who recorded a recreation of the glitch and shared it on twitter.

As a result, OpTic Gaming have been disqualified from game eight, meaning all of their points from that round are forfeit. This pushes teams that placed below Optic in the rankings of game eight one place up.

With 1521 points instead of 1881, OpTic Gaming now places fifth instead of second.

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