R6 APAC team CYCLOPS admits to throwing match for better Major seed

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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The Head Coach of CYCLOPS athlete gaming Hibiki “XQQ” Motoyama has confirmed in a tweet that his team threw a competitive match in the APAC North division to ensure a better seed in the upcoming Six Major.

Naturally, this incident has created a huge debate in the Siege community with everyone sharing their thoughts on this matter.

CYCLOPS lose to QConfirm

With November Six Major on the horizon, every team is trying their best to lock their spot in the upcoming tournament as there are thousands of dollars on the line. But more importantly, the teams are eyeing for the Six Invitational points, as these will be distributed through this “Mini-Major”.

In the APAC North league, teams earn points based on the position they end up in the final standings, and CYCLOPS was aiming to secure in as high a seed as possible. And they could do that only by losing to QConfirm, otherwise, Cloud9 would’ve overtaken QConfirm and have more points than CYCLOPS.

Due to this, CYCLOPS lost their match against QConfirm, securing more points than Cloud9 in the process. CYCLOPS Head Coach XQQ admitted that his team threw on purpose, as they had done the math and a loss was overall better for their team. Although the tweet has now been deleted, everyone is now aware of this incident.

Rainbow 6 Global rulebook

Ubisoft has set some rules to combat teams intentionally losing and ruining the competitive integrity of their Esports scene. However, these things are hard to prove as teams might just say that they had a “bad” day, or they are “saving strats” for the future. But in this situation, the head coach did state their intention, which might come to hurt the outcome of their situation in the future.

Many people in the community are questioning the point system in the APAC League, and blaming this for the current situation. Because professional players are supposed to get their team to the best position as possible, and if losing guarantees a better position for the Major then it is difficult to not take that.

Currently, Ubisoft didn’t provide any official statement for this incident. With November Six Major starting in a few days, a decision is likely to come soon, and right now it’s not looking good for XQQ and his team. Keep following us for the latest updates.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.