MSI MGA gets off to a false start

Three hours in to the official broadcast for the Overwatch Master Gaming Arena 2016 Championship Grand Finals presented by MSI and exactly zero minutes of competitive Overwatch had been on display. Behind the scenes the event had been mired in technical problems surrounding the crucial ingredient in any PC gaming tournament - gaming PCs.

Rise Nation and Ninjas in Pyjamas had been in attendance at the Gfinity Arena in London since the morning with the intention of practising before their 3PM kickoff, but instead had to endure hours of machine switching, driver updates and head scratching before event organisers finally declared Day 1 a bust just after 6PM local time.

Rise Nations' IVIidnight offered the most complete picture so far on Reddit:

"We showed up at 10 AM because we were told the practice room would be ready at that time. The practice room wasn't set up so we sat in the player lounge for an hour or so and then they randomly take us to the stage... They tell us to set up and so we spend 2 hours getting stuff set up. The laptops could only support 120Hz which sucks but was playable. I think two of NiPs and one of our PCs weren't working (display driver problems or something). So they decided to replace all the laptops with lower spec laptops for some reason. They supported 144Hz but could only get 90fps. The drivers also didn't work on most of these. They then tell us that they are gonna take 2 hours and replace all the laptops with PCs. We come back after maybe an hour and a half or so and they are still using laptops. We can now get 200 fps and 144 Hz but some PCs randomly freeze or get display driver errors. Throughout this entire time the network will randomly go down and DC you out of game for like 5 seconds before coming back. They also told us very little the entire event. We didn't even know who we were playing until yesterday in the morning where they told us we were playing NiP and that we need to do map draft right then. This entire thing has felt like a waste of time honestly. And now we play significantly less games on LAN because of the format change."

The latest reports suggest that the tournament fixtures will now be best-of-threes with a best-of-five grand final as they try to condense two play days in to one. It is thought that the original start time of 10:00 EST / 15:00 GMT / 00:00 KST will be adhered to on account of the live spectators showing up at that time, but other sources have suggested an earlier start time may be under consideration.

There is no official statement from MSI or Gfinity at the time of publication and those involved are declining to comment, but we will update our Viewer's Guide and match ticker as and when details are confirmed.

We would like to formally apologise for jinxing the tournament by mentioning the DreamHack Winter fiasco earlier, but clearly too few of you actually bothered to pray to esports gods. We've all learnt an important lesson here. See you tomorrow.

#1
4 Frags +

Really sucks for the players..

Really sucks for the players..
#2
6 Frags +

Dear esports gods please let this tourney be good and fun
Love, Me

Dear esports gods please let this tourney be good and fun
Love, Me
#3
6 Frags +

esports are good
esports are great
im getting flashbacks to i58
amen

esports are good
esports are great
im getting flashbacks to i58
amen
#4
9 Frags +

We've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.

We've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.
#5
4 Frags +
HALWe've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.

this is really nothing compared to gaming paradise

[quote=HAL]We've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.[/quote]
this is really nothing compared to gaming paradise
#6
0 Frags +
PendaHALWe've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.this is really nothing compared to gaming paradise

I still think that MSi will pay pricepools for teams

[quote=Penda][quote=HAL]We've seen incompetent tournament organisers in most esports(Gaming Paradise, anyone?). Guess it was OW's turn this time.[/quote]
this is really nothing compared to gaming paradise[/quote]

I still think that MSi will pay pricepools for teams
#7
5 Frags +

Are you ready for day 2 of delays?

Are you ready for day 2 of delays?
#8
0 Frags +

tournament to be cancelled, organizer runs off with the money

you heard it here first!

tournament to be cancelled, organizer runs off with the money

you heard it here first!
#9
5 Frags +

If I was apart of this tournament I would have packed by bags and left by now. They do not deserve this whatsoever. They went through qualifiers and everything, just to be flown to fucking London and be forced to play on laptops. What a sham.

If I was apart of this tournament I would have packed by bags and left by now. They do not deserve this whatsoever. They went through qualifiers and everything, just to be flown to fucking London and be forced to play on laptops. What a sham.
#10
2 Frags +
FutureIf I was apart of this tournament I would have packed by bags and left by now. They do not deserve this whatsoever. They went through qualifiers and everything, just to be flown to fucking London and be forced to play on laptops. What a sham.

It was already part of the event that players would use laptops, which is actually fine if they were set up properly.

[quote=Future]If I was apart of this tournament I would have packed by bags and left by now. They do not deserve this whatsoever. They went through qualifiers and everything, just to be flown to fucking London and be forced to play on laptops. What a sham.[/quote]
It was already part of the event that players would use laptops, which is actually fine if they were set up properly.
#11
3 Frags +

Now the problems are mainly internet issues. NiP Asked for rematch since these issues on their side.

Now the problems are mainly internet issues. NiP Asked for rematch since these issues on their side.
#12
-1 Frags +

laptops LUL

laptops LUL
#13
6 Frags +

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/178698794286710784/256468711001554944/image.jpg

CBA

[img]https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/178698794286710784/256468711001554944/image.jpg[/img]

[b]CBA[/b]
#14
1 Frags +

worst event ever, 2 days whit problems, really?

worst event ever, 2 days whit problems, really?
#15
1 Frags +
GanbETAworst event ever, 2 days whit problems, really?

Dont talk about worst events, Gaming Paradise was worse tbh

[quote=GanbETA]worst event ever, 2 days whit problems, really?[/quote]

Dont talk about worst events, Gaming Paradise was worse tbh
#16
0 Frags +

They honestly should just cancel this tournament. GG MSI, probably the most incompetent tournament organizers in recent memory. Though as the poster above me said, the only tourney quite as bad was CSGO's Gaming Paradise tournament that was run by straight up criminals.

They honestly should just cancel this tournament. GG MSI, probably the most incompetent tournament organizers in recent memory. Though as the poster above me said, the only tourney quite as bad was CSGO's Gaming Paradise tournament that was run by straight up criminals.
#17
3 Frags +

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/198165511475822593/256490133841379328/Screen_Shot_2016-12-08_at_18.39.38.png

All CROWD viewers TICKETS got 20-30minutes ago automatically refunded. Picture from my friend, she though didnt go since was too lazy.

[img]https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/198165511475822593/256490133841379328/Screen_Shot_2016-12-08_at_18.39.38.png[/img]

All CROWD viewers TICKETS got 20-30minutes ago automatically refunded. Picture from my friend, she though didnt go since was too lazy.
#18
-2 Frags +

https://redd.it/3k3iam

Seems like MGA is really trying hard for that worst eSports event ever title.

https://redd.it/3k3iam

Seems like MGA is really trying hard for that worst eSports event ever title.
#19
1 Frags +

Well they seem to have the 60hz laptops and +25h delay at least. Hopefully people will report on all the issues this msi tournament has so it doesn't happen again because this is unacceptable for a professional e-sports event.

Well they seem to have the 60hz laptops and +25h delay at least. Hopefully people will report on all the issues this msi tournament has so it doesn't happen again because this is unacceptable for a professional e-sports event.
#20
1 Frags +
JaaniiWell they seem to have the 60hz laptops and +25h delay at least. Hopefully people will report on all the issues this msi tournament has so it doesn't happen again because this is unacceptable for a professional e-sports event.

They swapped the laptops though, They played with 144hz monitors w/ laptops that had inside 1060gtx or 1070.

First laptops yesterday we're mix with 960's too.

Weird why this huge organizer isnt testing laptops first

[quote=Jaanii]Well they seem to have the 60hz laptops and +25h delay at least. Hopefully people will report on all the issues this msi tournament has so it doesn't happen again because this is unacceptable for a professional e-sports event.[/quote]

They swapped the laptops though, They played with 144hz monitors w/ laptops that had inside 1060gtx or 1070.

First laptops yesterday we're mix with 960's too.

Weird why this huge organizer isnt testing laptops first
#21
1 Frags +
SKYTRiXSHAhttps://redd.it/3k3iam

Seems like MGA is really trying hard for that worst eSports event ever title.

Although this is a shitshow it is nowhere near as bad as gaming paradise, the players were held by the police due to the hotel and food expenses not being payed, they said their pc driver stole some pcs which caused a delay, the venue was overtime so the finals weren't played and had to be played online and in the end the players didn't get any money.

[quote=SKYTRiXSHA]https://redd.it/3k3iam

Seems like MGA is really trying hard for that worst eSports event ever title.[/quote]
Although this is a shitshow it is nowhere near as bad as gaming paradise, the players were held by the police due to the hotel and food expenses not being payed, they said their pc driver stole some pcs which caused a delay, the venue was overtime so the finals weren't played and had to be played online and in the end the players didn't get any money.
#22
1 Frags +

I feel worst for KongDoo Panthera. :[

I feel worst for KongDoo Panthera. :[
#23
1 Frags +

and yet the stream continues...im sorry but thats utter bullshit by msi who haven't said a word

and yet the stream continues...im sorry but thats utter bullshit by msi who haven't said a word
#24
3 Frags +

moobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"

moobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"
#25
0 Frags +
Morrismoobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"

seems pretty standard for event chat moderation tbh

[quote=Morris]moobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"[/quote]
seems pretty standard for event chat moderation tbh
#26
2 Frags +
tabfanMorrismoobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"
seems pretty standard for event chat moderation tbh

no

[quote=tabfan][quote=Morris]moobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"[/quote]
seems pretty standard for event chat moderation tbh[/quote]
no
#27
1 Frags +
Morrismoobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"

Moobot bans you for saying MGA

[quote=Morris]moobot bans people who say "lmao" in chat

can you say "worst stream ever?"[/quote]

Moobot bans you for saying MGA
#28
0 Frags +

so what now? did the tourney get cancelled?

nvm

http://i.imgur.com/qwhETkL.jpg

so what now? did the tourney get cancelled?

nvm
[img]http://i.imgur.com/qwhETkL.jpg[/img]
#29
0 Frags +
CLMPso what now? did the tourney get cancelled?

nvm
http://i.imgur.com/qwhETkL.jpg

Ironically, there is a typo in their announcement.

[quote=CLMP]so what now? did the tourney get cancelled?

nvm
[img]http://i.imgur.com/qwhETkL.jpg[/img][/quote]
Ironically, there is a typo in their announcement.
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