North American organisation Beastcoast announced on Saturday (3 April) that they have fined the captain of their South American Dota 2 team, Steven "StingeR" Vargas, for violating quarantine protocols that led to the team having to withdraw from the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major.
Beastcoast, alongside CIS organisation Natus Vincere, announced their withdrawal from the Singapore Major on 26 March after some of their players contracted the coronavirus and risked exposure to the rest of their teammates.
In the case of Beastcoast, StingeR tested positive for the virus and could have exposed his teammates to it as they were all in contact while in preparation for the Major.
Beastcoast said that they enforced a ten-day mandatory quarantine of the team's gaming house with biweekly testing for all team members and support staff prior to their flight to Singapore.
However, the team revealed that StingeR violated the quarantine and came in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, thus exposing himself and his teammates.
"We designed this protocol to be as proactive as possible to mitigate any risk of our players being exposed ahead of the Major, including additional testing beyond that was asked of us by the [tournament organisers]. We are confident that, had this protocol been followed by the team, we would have been able to travel to Singapore and competed in the Major safely. The players were all aware of these rules and agreed to follow them," Beastcoast said in a statement.
Beastcoast said that the fine imposed on StingeR was in accordance with the organisation's policies, though they have not disclosed the amount of the penalty. In addition, Beastcoast said that they are looking to add a sixth player to their roster for the next season of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) as they continue to explore "options with the starting roster."
"Beastcoast is and always will be a player-first organisation. While StingeR's actions were very disappointing, we are focused on working with him to learn from these mistakes to become a better player and a better leader," said Beastcoast.
With Beastcoast's withdrawal from the Singapore Major, Thunder Predator were notably the only South American representative in Singapore.
Thunder Predator have thus far defied all expectations in the Major, as they finished the Group Stage atop the standings and secured at least a Top 6 finish after surviving through the third day of the Playoffs.
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