Esports recently had a bit of drama as Formula E driver Daniel Abt reportedly hired a professional esports player to race in his place.
So, in short, Formula E had a challenge tailored to the recent lockdown with the slogan “Stay at Home”.
After he was caught, Audi decided to break off their partnership and Daniel paid 10,000 euros as a fine to UNICEF.
Audi’s decision to part with the German racing driver was based on the company’s attitude towards mistakes, but to them this was way beyond a mistake. Even though Abt won two races in the past for them, they still wouldn’t tolerate his behavior. On the top of it, Daniel’s actions are pointing bad view on the Esports which may have negative effects on trustworthiness of esports betting as well.
This event questioned the esports community at how serious are motorsport races taken, when they’re held online.
After the events happened, the Formula E driver had some things to say on Twitter in a video.
He responded with the following:
“It was extremely important to me to take this opportunity here and now, to tell you how it was and what happened and to simultaneously apologize to my family, to my friends, to Audi, to my partners, to Formula E, to UNICEF, and of course to all the fans who supported me over the years, with all my hand. I hope you can forgive me.”
Furthermore, he elaborated on his statement with saying that his expectations towards this event were not met. He feels as though the organizers made an amateur race and everyone did whatever they felt like doing.
And in his own words:
“There were loads of accidents, everyone drove as they liked. There were bugs, meaning errors in the game. Honestly, if you looked at it from the outside, I believe it was not a real Formula E race, a professional racing event. It is very important for me to say it was never my intention to let another driver drive for me, to get a result and keep quiet about it later on, just to make me look better. Because I do not [care]. These points, this result, is irrelevant to me personally. It has no impact in any way. I’m not getting any money from it. The sim racer hasn’t got any money from me, either. It was a feeling of ‘this could be something cool.'”
According to Abt this happening was overrated by the media that didn’t let him speak for his own self. However, he admits that what he did was unacceptable. Furthermore, he stands by his mistakes and wholeheartedly apologizes.
Whether what Daniel Abt did was a mistake or it wasn’t, it’s up to everyone to decide. However, playing fair in esports is what makes them that much fun and cheating is not doing any justice to no one. Want another case? Check out these infamous incidents when esports players get caught cheating.
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2016 Formula E London ePrix” by mialozondo is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0