ESL finds a way to combat crowd influence during IEM Rio Major 2022 

The IEM Rio Major 2022 organizers have taken measures to combat the influence of the crowd on the results of matches that take place in front of a live audience. To reduce the number of occasions when Brazilian fans influence a match, ESL has temporarily removed the minimap and X-ray vision during broadcast on the big screen in the arena. 

A partial removal of the broadcast interface happened during the Cloud9 – Imperial confrontation in the third round of the Challengers Stage. During this game, the Brazilian audience occasionally shouted out the sites where Cloud9's attacks were directed and also reacted to the position of the cursor of Imperial players when it was aimed at the opponent through a wall or a smoke. 

According to ESL director Shaun Clark, the introduction of restrictive measures is necessary to maintain the integrity of the competition. In a comment to, the head noted that the organizers had repeatedly warned the on-site audience about the inadmissibility of helping out their favorite teams. 

Several players also publicly complained about the above-described problem. In particular, IHC's Tengis "sk0R" Batjargal, after defeating 00NATION, noted that the fans were constantly buzzing when someone from the opposing team approached his teammates. GamerLegion's AWPer Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand also spoke out, tweeting that due to the poor noise cancellation of the headphones, players on stage can fully hear the sounds from the audience.

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