Blizzard-licensed Good Gaming tournament ends in shambles
The Good Gaming Amateur Open had a lot of promise, with over 1,300 players signed up and $10,000 up for grabs to players who normally wouldn't have a chance. With an official license from Blizzard and prizes offered to all players who made it into the top 256, things were looking good heading into last weekend.
However, players would claim after the event that it was one of the worst tournament experiences they've ever had. One, who goes by Katy Hearthstone, documented her weekend thoroughly, and went so far as to call it a "tournament that should never have happened."
It wasn't a game of Hearthstone: it was a war of attrition.Her claims? She lists a vast range of issues including:
- Unclear eligibility rules
- Entry fee difficulties
- Consistently missed deadlines, causing delays
- Long periods of waiting for other matches to end
- Severe communication issues between admins and players
- Mid-tournament rule changes
- Deck list submission problems
- Some players got to play that didn't qualify, some that did qualify didn't get to play
She went on to criticize both the company and CMG Holdings Group, who own Good Gaming.
"It is my firm belief that Good Gaming, Inc. and their staff members should never be allowed to organize an officially sanctioned Hearthstone tournament ever again."
Those were some serious allegations. But she wasn't the only one. People commented on her post and on Reddit, echoing the assertions. One post, titled "GOOD GAMING IS FILLED WITH A BUNCH OF IDIOTS," got over 1,600 upvotes.
Because the tournament had been licensed by Blizzard, and even promoted on the game's launcher, many reached out to let them know of the bad experience. Christina "Zeriyah" Sims responded that the company was "keeping an eye" on the feedback it was getting.