Stalwart Esports, a prominent Indian esports organization, has faced a major setback in their journey through BGIS 2023 The Grind tournament. The team, boasting an all-female roster, participated in Group 11 of the first round, showcasing their skills on July 28. Despite putting up a competitive performance with 24 points and ranking seventh overall, their journey came to an abrupt end on August 1. Krafton, the tournament organizers, officially announced their disqualification from BGMI due to violations of fair play rules. This article delves into the details of their disqualification and the official response from Stalwart Esports.
Krafton emphasized its commitment to responsible gaming and fostering fair gameplay. The decision to disqualify Stalwart Esports was based on the violation of rules 2.1.5 (Single Team Exclusivity) and 6.2.4 (Ringing) of the BGIS Rulebook. The organization took a strict stance against unfair practices, which ultimately led to the disqualification of the team.
Official Statement from Krafton:
In an official statement, Krafton stated, “Unfair practices are not tolerated, and we adhere strictly to rules and regulations. We have observed that Team Stalwart Esports has violated fair play by violating 2.1.5 and 6.2.4 of the BGIS Rulebook. In consequence and in accordance to 6.4.2, Team Stalwart Esports has been hereby disqualified from BGIS 2023 THE GRIND.” The breach of these specific rules prompted the tournament organizers to take swift action.
Stalwart Esports Responds:
In response to their disqualification, Stalwart Esports released an official statement explaining the situation. They revealed that their BGMI roster had not been officially disclosed and that their slot was transferred to Team Dynamic before the start of The Grind. Due to the short notice period, they could not rename the slot, leading to the team playing under the name of Stalwart Esports.
The statement from Stalwart Esports read, “We respect and stand by the decision of Krafton for disqualifying this slot which was transferred to Team Dynamic Esports before the start of this event. Unfortunately, we couldn’t rename the slot due to the short notice, and that’s where we got caught up in this. We take full responsibility for our mistake and should’ve ensured proper changes to avoid such a situation, but we didn’t.”
Impact on the Tournament:
X7 Officials secured the top spot in Group 11 with an impressive 44 points, while Big Brother initially missed out on advancing to the next round, ranking ninth. However, following the disqualification of Stalwart Esports, Big Brother has the opportunity to potentially qualify for Round 2.
As the tournament progresses, the next phase, BGIS The Grind Round 2, will commence on August 3. The 128 best teams from the first phase will battle it out for a seat in the third and final round, with the hopes of securing a place in the ultimate showdown.
The disqualification of Stalwart Esports from BGIS 2023 The Grind serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to fair play rules in competitive esports. Despite their competitive spirit and impressive performance, the team’s violation of the rules has led to their removal from the tournament. As the event moves forward, other teams must take heed and ensure strict compliance with the regulations set forth by the organizers to maintain the integrity of the competition.