A team using map exploits to game an unfair advantage in this weekend’s Asia Qualifier for the Halo World Championship is officially ejected from the tournament, and video of their misdeeds is posted online.
In recent years, we’ve seen competitive video game tournaments grow from a niche interest into large-scale events catering to a worldwide audience. As a result, concerns about cheating and other exploits designed to give one player an unfair advantage, have become a hot topic at high-level contests like the Halo Championship Series.
At the Asia Qualifier for the Halo World Championship on Saturday, a group of players known as Team Mi Seng cheated and were promptly disqualified from contention. The players used their knowledge of ways to circumvent the boundaries of the map to gain an unfair advantage of their opponents.
By camping out in an area out of reach of the opposing team, Team Mi Seng created a situation where their competition couldn’t score any points, because they couldn’t complete any kills. Obviously, this is a direct contradiction of the rules laid out by Halo Championship Series Officials, and so the team was ejected.
While earlier events in the Halo Championship Series lineage had impressive rewards on offer in their own right, the Halo World Championship for 2016 eclipses them all with a $2 million prize pool. Its organizers were never going to allow a team employing the use of exploits to progress beyond the qualifier stage.
It’s not just about the money that’s set to be presented to the eventual winners. It was announced earlier this month that the qualifiers will make a stop at this year’s X Games, so it wouldn’t be right for a team that exemplifies cheap exploits over high-level play to be given that platform.
As it happens, it doesn’t seem like the members of the team in question will be too hurt about being eliminated. Apparently, Team Mi Seng is an alias for the Hidden Gaming League, a collective that has been employing the same hide-and-seek tactics since the days of Halo 3.
It follows that Mi Seng is a joke name, intended to sound a little bit like missing — as in, ‘the opposing team has just gone missing.’ Individual player names have similar dual meanings, from Hai Deng (hiding) and Chi Teng (cheating), to one team member known as Ai Chel Ji (HLG, or Hidden League Gaming).
While it’s clear that the disqualified team have a great knowledge of the maps being played in the tournament, there will be plenty of more qualified players to contest the Halo World Championship over the next couple of months.