Pro players run into blatant cheaters during Red Bull Flick showmatch
Nick J. May 25, 2020
The recent Red Bull Flick tournament saw some pretty suspicious flicks on stream, as ENCE’s Aleksi "allu" Jalli and Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen appeared to run into a duo with inhuman reactions during the tournament's showmatch.
The Red Bull Flick tournament, a two-versus-two showdown on custom maps that WIN.gg showcased here, was marred by an instance of cheating so blatant that even a Silver 3 could have spotted them. Thankfully, the perpetrators were caught live on stream. During the showmatch of the tournament, pro players allu and Jamppi were paired up against a duo that was clearly using outside assistance to grab the win.
The clip below shows multiple examples of the suspects not just flicking, but locking onto both allu and Jamppi through walls and executing clean headshots on each of the maps played in the grand finals of the Red Bull event. It’s unclear why the match wasn’t stopped, especially given how blatant the player’s actions were.
Red Bull's statement blames FACEIT for Flick's cheating scandal
Red Bull’s official statement on the matter places the blame squarely on FACEIT’s shoulders:
Red Bull’s official remarks were originally released in Finnish. They has been edited for clarity.
"The Red Bull Flick final tournament was held yesterday, May 23, and there has been a debate around the tournament about suspected [hacking]. Red Bull hosted the tournament and FACEIT, with [their] extensive experience in hosting major CS: GO tournaments was responsible for running the tournament, [and provided] admins and anti-cheat software.
Anti-cheat software was available to all players throughout the tournament and FACEIT admins monitored the finals of the final tournament in real-time. Due to the large amount of feedback we receive, FACEIT’s official anti-cheat admins go through all the game recordings for the final tournament and qualifiers and all other material submitted to FACEIT afterward. If abuse [has occured], they will report this separately during the early part of the week."
It's a black eye on both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FACEIT, especially if the translation is correct in stating that FACEIT admins were monitoring the tournament in real-time. It doesn't seem like the two suspected players made it through the rest of the tournament either, as Red Bull also mentions that they received a "large amount of feedback." Red Bull's statement says that FACEIT's anti-cheat was "made available," but the translation doesn't specify whether or not it was required.
The statement is again unclear as to whether that feedback dealt with the two players in question, but if a player is willing to cheat in a live-streamed showmatch match against two pro players, odds are that they cheated previously.
Fans will have to wait for FACEIT to return their verdict, but it's a sad end to what could have been a seriously fun tournament.