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In the PUBG International at IEM, OpTic Gaming’s Bahawaka was identified as guilty of triggering a particular exploit presented in PUBG game which was the game eight of the PUBG Invitational at IEM Katowice.
The tournament took place during the last weekend in February having some heavyweight esports team such as Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, and FaZe who competed for $50,000 in prize money.
But unfortunately, it was during game eight where Bahawaka from OpTic Gaming decided to use a wall glitch that allowed him to see through the wall however it is not autoactivated or doesn’t happen accidentally, to activate the glitch certain steps are required.
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The short version of the exploit is provided here:
After being spotted, the report spread widely in the tournament and Bahawaka responded on Reddit, saying they were playing with earbuds and noise cancelling headphones on top which leads to poor noise quality and he hopped in the corner so that he can get close enough to car rotation so that he can track the movement.
However, IEM officials were not convinced with the explanation provide by the player and thus have penalized them by stripping the team OpTic gaming of the points awarded in that stage of the tournament, aside they also cite a rule against “intentionally changing your character’s angle to look through a texture or object” in in their official page.
According to them Given the bug can only be abused by following a certain kind of movement pattern, the league administration have found OpTic Bahawaka guilty according to 5.6 of the rules set by the league administration and have decided to disqualify OpTic Gaming for game eight and this will also remove all of their points for that round resulting team OpTic to finish in fifth overall in the tournament and dropping from a $12,000 second place spot to leave the tournament empty-handed.