Henrique “Hen1” Teles — (translated from Portuguese) “I want to apologize to my fans, the fans of Cloud9, and our Cloud9 opponents. Even though this was an honest mistake, there is no excuse for rules not being followed. I hope that my team can move past my mistake and continue to prove ourselves to our fans.”
Wilton “Zews” Prado — “As the leader of the Immortals CSGO lineup, there is no doubt that I could and should have handled this situation better. Even with the experience I have, it can be very difficult to maintain perspective in the heat of competition and I’m sorry for that. I wanted to stand up for my team and brothers and realize I didn’t choose the best way of doing this. My teammates and I have nothing but respect for the players of Cloud9 and we regret not finding a better way to resolve this problem in the moment.”
Immortals CEO Noah Whinston added — “Immortals as an esports organization believes that situations like these show the necessity of consistent rule enforcement. Admins should not be consulting players on rules interpretation and enforcement, and the inconsistent application of the rules up until this point in the tournament was a contributing factor to what occurred.
We also expressly condemn the conduct of a small subset of our fans and detractors on social media. The epithets and slurs hurled against both our players and Cloud 9’s in no way reflect the respect between the two rosters. Though there are legitimate differences of opinion on the event in question and its resolution, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards this toxic behavior, whether it comes from our fans or others.
Despite the problems, we also want to thank the Northern Arena organizers for their efforts. They went above and beyond outside of the event providing high quality care and accommodations for our players and deserve credit for that. We look forward to helping them resolve these issues for future tournaments.”