If you have to go, you really have to go. I wish esports tournaments felt the same way about letting their competitors use the restroom. Pro player Oliver “Skiter” Lepko peed in a bottle during a running DOTA 2 tournament, citing the organizers’ rules against going to the toilet during a match. Here’s a picture of the pee bottle for your… uhhh, fun?
DPC 2023 WEU Winter Tour Division 1 is a DOTA 2 tournament organized by the Romanian esports company PGL. Eight European teams will compete against each other for a prize pool of $200,000 from January 9-29. But you’re not interested in that. You want to know why a pro gamer peed in a bottle like he was a Amazon delivery person.
Lepko told Jake Lucky that he would have received a level 2 draft penalty (meaning teams are delayed in choosing their heroes) if he chose to go to the toilet, which was reportedly against the rules. Instead of putting his team at a disadvantage or waiting the 40 minutes of a standard DOTA 2 match, Lepko took a bottle and urinated in front of his teammates. I can’t decide whether to praise him for being a team player or whether he should have just taken the penalty. He forced his innocent teammates to see his mess, which couldn’t have been fun for anyone involved. my city contacted PGL to ask how unlimited toilet breaks would affect the fairness of the tournament, but received no response at time of publication. Lepko’s team had managed to win three of the four games during the tournament.
The strangeness of the story doesn’t end there. Instead of apologizing and telling competitors they could use the restroom as many times as they wanted, PGL allegedly told Lepko clarify [his] previous tweet” about the pee bottle. “I knew the rulebook said no bathroom breaks were allowed,” Lepko wrote. “I’m going [to the] toilet before every game, but drank a lot of water and had to go through the long game again.” my city contacted Lepko to ask if any of his previous tournaments had a no bathroom rule, but got no response.
The incident seems funny on the surface, but it’s deeply disturbing that esports tournaments are as bad about making people pee like Amazon. Stand up, professional gamers. You have nothing to lose except your chains.