Some qualifying-round matches for the latest stage of FIFA 20s FUT 20 Champions Cup had to be determined by a round of virtual Rock, Paper, Scissors when competitors couldnt connect to each other.
The FIFA series subreddit this morning posted reports of match problems in the esports tournaments qualifying round, two of which were resolved by roshambo. One player defaulted an elimination match, apparently when they were unable to connect while their opponent could.
Polygon has reached out to EA Sports representatives earlier this afternoon to ask for more clarification on what took place in qualifying and how it was resolved. No reply was received before publication time.
Shaun Brandsha Galea, a FIFA pro who is currently second place in the Malta ePremier League, says he was eliminated by Rock, Paper, Scissors when he and his opponent, Hasan Hasoo19 Eker, couldnt find or invite each other to play in their licensed qualifier.
I cannot believe it !! @EASPORTSFIFA@EAFIFADirect We literally had to play a rock paper scissors becauce we couldnt find each other to invite in an EA LICENSED QUALIFIER . WTF !! I am done
Shaun Galea (@brandsha56) February 29, 2020
Trust me , I ain’t complaining because I lost . We are playing FIFA and to win/lose other than FIFA is pathetic.
Shaun Galea (@brandsha56) March 1, 2020
Levy Frederique, a Dutch pro for M10 Esports, said he defaulted to FaZe Clans Tassal Tass Rushan after trying to connect for more than three hours.
So much on my mind but dont have the words to express my feelings. Servers down for a lot of players and yes I was one of those.. Got a def loss vs @FaZeTass who really dissapointed me trying to frame me from the start. I am done I work so hard for nothing once again.
M10 Levy (@LevyFrederique) March 1, 2020
(For his part, Rushan disputed that he tried to frame Rushan and said his anger should be directed at the FUT Champions Cup administrators.)
FIFA 20 was among several Electronic Arts games suffering server outages on Thursday, although that was apparently resolved later Thursday afternoon. Its unclear if these problems are related.
The FUT 20 Champions Cup is a series of major-level tournaments, featuring one-on-one competition among pros, in the overall Global Series 2020. Players are competing for qualifying points and a place in the eWorld Cup 2020.
Each stage offers 2000 points to the first- and second-place finishers (and $50,000 and $30,000, respectively). Stage 4 wrapped up last week with Brazils Zezinho becoming the first South American player to win a FUT Champions Cup. Stage 5 will be held April 3 to April 5.