The opening day of ESL One New York has been marred by technical difficulties with the broadcast stemming from a large internet outage across Brooklyn.
The outage was caused by an alleged act of vandalism Friday morning, with interruptions to internet service impacting Brooklyn. ESL explained that the outage is forcing the event to use “an unusual workaround to send the GOTV feed to production,” which has caused lag and sound issues for viewers of the stream. ESL later restarted the stream earlier in the afternoon in hopes of circumventing the problems.
Due to the internet outtage we're forced to use an unusual workaround to send the GOTV feed to production which is causing the lag.
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) September 15, 2017
The group stage is underway, with the final matches expected to start near 6 p.m. ET. The event moves to Barclays Center with the best-of-three semifinals Saturday and the best-of-five grand final Sunday.
The CS:GO tournament is running in tandem with ESL’s Street Fighter V tournament the Brooklyn Beatdown, with the pools being played on Saturday and the top eight brackets playing Sunday before the CS:GO grand final.
The internet outage has impacted parts of Brooklyn for much of the day, though there has been a steadily decreasing number of reports since the peak this morning, according to internet service provider Spectrum.
Cover photo by Patrick Strack/ESL