MSI MGA Event cancelled

The MSI MGA tournament that was announced by Gfinity was scheduled to be held in December 2016. It was one of the most anticipated events in Overwatch. Overwatch is a new game and the tournaments featuring Overwatch are few and far between.

MSI MGA held qualifiers in various regions and had several top teams participating in the Grand finals. We had teams such as NIP, Fnatic, Kongdoo Panthera attending the event. With a prize pool of $75,000 the event was one to look forward to.

However when the event came to start, there were several problems with the execution of the event. Their title sponsors, MSI insisted on MSI laptops being used for the event. This led to lots of confusion and problems with the event organisers scrambling to make last minute arrangements.

The first day of the event was a washaway as they could not make the arrangements according to the sponsor demands in time. The second day of the tournament saw new problems for the organisers due to the internet on the venue not being on par with the expectations. NIP started a match, however the internet problems meant that they would not be able to complete even one match.

In a statement made by the Organisers  ;

Due to the unfortunate and unprecedented internet connection issues that impacted the Overwatch MGA 2016 Championship, a number of scheduled matches were not played. As a result, it was impossible to complete the tournament in its prescribed format in the available time, and the Overwatch MGA 2016 Championship Grand Final event unfortunately had to be canceled.

This decision was taken to ensure the integrity of the competition, and reflects our commitment to the tournament. All parties involved share the disappointment of the fans, Overwatch community, teams, players, media, and sponsors.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and are committed to ensuring that—like previous MGA tournaments—our future events are completed professionally. All players who participated in the Overwatch MGA 2016 Championship Grand Final will be compensated, and all attendees who purchased tickets to the event can receive a full refund. We sincerely apologize for the unpleasant experience and for the resulting cancellation of this event.

Source : MSI MGA event page