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SK Gaming deducted prize money for talking during technical timeout at ESL One Cologne

SK Gaming was penalized prize money for an illegal timeout during ESL One Cologne.
SK Gaming was penalized prize money for talking during a technical timeout at ESL One Cologne. Photo by Helena Kristiansson/ESL.

SK Gaming will be penalized part of its ESL One Cologne prize money for violating the rules regarding technical timeouts.

During Sunday’s final against Cloud9, SK paused during the second half of the second map citing a technical difficulty. But cameras captured SK players discussing strategies through team chat during the break, which is legal only during tactical timeouts.

“It is not allowed to talk (or chat) during a technical pause as written in our rules,” an employee for ESL said in a Reddit thread discussing the matter. “The admin caught it quickly and told the team to stop immediately. Due to the violation of the rules the team will get penalized, which will lead to a prize money deduction.”

The penalty seems like it will be in the form of redistributing the prize money to all of the other teams based on the percentage of total prize money they have won as they have done with Astralis and VP, according to a Reddit comment by Graham Pitt, who used to work for the ESL. It is unclear how much of the $100,000 SK Gaming earned for winning the event will be deducted. SK Gaming defeated Cloud9 3-0 (16-9, 16-12, 16-14) in the best-of-five final Sunday to win the event.

Cover photo by Helena Kristiansson/ESL,


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