With the group stage plagued with technical problems, and drama surrounding the firing of production staff and the host 2GD, the main event is already in shambles.
The opening ceremony was scheduled to start at 9 am local time, but the night before the ceremony was changed from mandatory for teams to attend, to optional. Then first thing this morning teams were told that the ceremony had been cancelled.
Just kidding, the opening ceremony is now cancelled. From mandatory last night to optional at 715am, to this.
— Kyle Freedman (@swindlezz) March 2, 2016
Then when some teams showed up to their booths in the main auditorium, the production crew seemed to decide to follow through with the cancelled opening ceremony, but forgetting to let the teams know. The ceremony was broadcast with introductions for the teams showcasing their empty booths.
Opening ceremony canceled is what I've been told.
— Peter Dager (@Peterpandam) March 2, 2016
When the first scheduled game started after an extended and unexplained delay the in-game audio for DotaTV was loud and distorted beyond recognition.
Someone lmk when dotatv audio isn't just terrifying growling noises :< pic.twitter.com/0mNpua9l54
— Abelle (@Abelle) March 2, 2016
More than 15 minutes into the game the audio was fixed in-game, but the changes affected the twitch stream making the commentators echoing, and bringing in noises that sounded like a machine gun firing.
EVERYONE GET TO THE CHOPPA
— fwosh (@fwoshy) March 2, 2016
With such big technical problems leading up to and in the first game, the production team must be sweating, especially with Gabe’s new found trigger finger for firing people.
Let’s hope things get sorted out and that we can focus on the quality play that has happened despite the issues surrounding the tournament and it’s broadcasts.