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Problem highlights widespread esports pro complaints about the state of the game.
“Galea . “We literally had to play a rock paper scissors becauce [sic] We couldn’t find each other to invite in an EA LICENSED QUALIFIER. WTF !! I am done.”
“All that hardwork [sic] from Phase 1 for absolutely nothing,” Galea added in a follow-up tweet (since deleted, archived here
Galea’s competition, Hasan “Hasoo 33 “Eker, confirmed in his own tweet (translated from German) that he advanced to a 3-1 record in the round “because I was able to successfully prevail in Rock Paper Scissors.”
EA Tweet a statement in response to what it called a “really unique situation,” noting that the competitors “decided to proactively play ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ to determine the match winner after they were unable to connect for their match. For context, a double-failure to connect and compete in a qualifying tournament match results in a loss for both participants. This is to prevent connection issues from being exploited as a competitive advantage . ”
official rules for FIFA online qualifying tournaments
Instead of reporting the connection problem, though, Galea and Eker agreed to the Rock, Paper, Scissors match so at least one of them would register a win. Delaying the match until the servers were more available was not an option.
For Galea, the match loss was the first of the three required to be eliminated from the swiss-style qualifying round. Eker, who had a 3-1 swiss record after winning the Rock, Paper, Scissors match, also failed to advance to the next round, according to EA.
For the record, Galea says he “picked rock after three ties with paper.” He later added that Eker “totally outplayed me! GGs bro.”
Galea and Eker’s match highlights widespread server issues EA says it experienced throughout
FIFA pro player Frederique Levy complained on Twitter of three-hour wait times to connect to EA’s servers, as well as an unearned loss caused by alleged server issues
later in the day.
The server problems come amid widespread complaints about the gameplay balance for this year edition of FIFA
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Complaints of unaddressed cheating in online matches are also bubbling up among
pros. “It makes me really sad to see some of the needless issues we have in the qualifiers right now that have simple fixes,”
pro and coach Nathan Zelonius Horton said on Twitter this weekend. “Blatant cheating needs to be eradicated from the Esport. It is horrible and just unfair on the players on the wrong end of this and needs fixing fast.”
Last week, EA (banned controversial) (FIFA) (player Kurt “Kurt) Fenech
Kurt’s fans have inundated EA’s social media channels with complaints about the move in the days since.
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