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Indonesia’s eSports organizer Revival TV got themselves in a real pickle.

As our team were there covering the recent MSC 2018, we witnessed one of the biggest event mess ups this year in the history mobile tournaments.

Unexpected surprises by a powerhouse organizer who managed to convince a huge corporation just to let it down and communities taking matters into their own hands is big news.

Want to know more? Read on as I unveil the fix.


What is MSC 2018 All About?

MSC poster

MSC stands for Mobile Legends South East Asia Cup and it’s brought to you, by Moonton.

It was held in Indonesia on the 28th and 29th of August 2018 and planned by Revival TV, supported by Facebook Gaming and sponsored by none other than Gamely, which is the biggest Live streaming platform for mobile gamers.

The event is a match between legends from cross South East Asia which includes the best 10 teams for 7 different countries.

Talk about whoa.

The thought of it itself is so epic that many of us bought plane tickets just to check out the event live and we even ended up spending way more than we expect.

All in the name of support!

Still, despite all that epicness, hiccups happen which caused an uproar between these two countries.


What Happened? –Ohh, That Fowl Play.

MSC drama chronology

Chronology of what happened.

The tension started between Malayia and Indonesia.

The Malayian team Air Asia Saiyan went up against the Indonesian team Aerowolf Roxy and they came up with a draw of 2 wins and 2 loses.

However according to the rulebook signed before the match, it is stated that in case of a tie breaker, the team with the most Kill-death ratio is supposed to be the winner which in this case, should be the Malaysian team.

group format rules msc

Trying to win a fight for the Indonesian team, Revival TV’s organizer team went to pay a visit to Air Asia Saiyan’s team that very night to request them for a rematch in order to justify the real winner.

Hurt by the unorthodox approach made by Revival TV, the Air Asia Saiyan team then decided to pull themselves out from the tournament as they know that they have clearly won.

Why the sudden change, right?

Revival TV didn’t agree to that and so, the Malaysian team left with anger which automatically puts Aerowolf Roxy as the winner of the round.

Here’s a video in Malay that explains how the events unfold…


How did Malaysians React to This? -The Widespread Calamity

As you would have guessed, many were unhappy.

There were nationwide uproar starting from the Mobile Legends group…

Malaysians bashing revival tv

further bashing of revival tv

Many had sleepless nights as they were too angry that Malaysia’s first Professional Mobile Legends team got cheated.

If we were to improve the eSports scene for Mobile Gaming, we need to voice out and show our discontent and that’s exactly what they did.

Esport Malaysia realized how serious this is and issued a letter to them and this led to the bigger higher ups namely KBS (Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia) to take notice as well.

Malaysia’s Youth Minister himself YB Syed Saddiq issued a meeting with the entire Air Asia Saiyan team to have a face-to-face table talk to find out what the real issue is.

kbs air asia with syed saddique

After finding out that it wasn’t Malaysia’s fault but rather that of the Indonesian organizer’s, the beloved minister stated that a lawsuit may be made and if guilty, Revival TV would have to pay Air Asia Saiyan a minimum of $10,000 according to international laws.

Revival TV is definitely at fault so winning the lawsuit for the Malaysian team is definitely inevitable.

The case went viral all over the world and international gaming news companies like IGN even covered the story which got Revival TV even more backlash and hatred from all over the world.

People start pressuring them so much so that Revival TV even disabled their review section in Facebook because they had so many bad reviews of people venting out their anger.

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To make matters worse, even the Indonesians themselves were angry at Revival TV for tarnishing the country’s name.

Philippines’ top Mobile Legends player Aether Main even commented on the Malaysian page stating that “Worry not, we will avenge you guys and bring justice” and believe it or not, they actually won which further puts Revival TV on an even worse condition.

Revival TV bent the rules because they want to have a noble reason of giving the Indonesian players a fighting chance since the event itself is hosted in their own country but even with that, they still lose which made matters even worse.

Since this is Moonton’s event, they too have apologized for any inconveniences caused for the players and personally for me, I’m quite worried for them because just recently, they were sued $2.9 Million on infringement rights made by Riot.

There are many more ways on how to increase your team spirit and give them a fighting chance but this isn’t one of them.


Is Blaming Aerowolf the Right Move? –Toxicity 101.

aerodog meme

While many of us were upset, some took that rage to a whole different level.

One name that went viral through our community is “Aerodog” which some members of the community created in order to spark fire and show how much they hated that team.

It may sound lame but in the Malaysian tongue, when people call you a dog, it’s a bad thing.

It’s like calling people by the F word.

As Asians, we love dramas and we sure as hell would be more than happy to start one but in my opinion, I think it is not Aerowolf’s fault but actually, the organizer’s one for bending the rules to their own liking.

Even worse is the fact that they created a separate rulebook, one that we did know of and that tainted the whole eSports integrity ultimately.

Right now, people are taking matters into their own hands although it’s not as bad as it looks, I could only fathom what worse things they could do to show protest.


Final Word

Commotions are always exciting despite the backlashes.

And for eSports, this is something common that’s happening in just about any big games out there especially in MOBA games but there are boundaries in which we should not cross as it might have bad consequences which we do not foresee.

Revival TV went over the line and bent the rules according to their favor and still, the Indonesian team lost which got them in a pretty tight spot to get out from so for all the other eSports organizers out there, this is definitely a lesson to learn.

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ADEBAYO IYIADE · November 4, 2018 at 10:44 am

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    Riaz Shah · November 4, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I’m not really sure what you mean but thanks Adebayo.

Timm Mullowney · September 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

WOW! That sounds pretty insane!
Although I’m not good at mobile games, i always thought it would be cool to be able to play professionally. Who wouldn’t want to do that right?

Thanks for the amazing read and I look forward to reading more from you! Who knows maybe I’ll even be playing mobile games as well!

    Riaz Shah · September 30, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Mobile games, you should definitely try it out! Timm! Appreciate the awesome feedback, hope you have a great weekend!

Alexander · September 15, 2018 at 2:03 am

I’m terrible at video games, but I could see myself as being a fan of one of these neat teams.

The controversy that Malaysia’s first Professional Mobile Legends team got cheated seems very intense.

It seems very bad for this crazy new ‘sport’ with a lawsuit and everything and bad for the fans.

But maybe it will make the eSports more exciting having these bitter rivalries.

    Riaz Shah · September 16, 2018 at 9:24 am

    As much as I’d hate to say it, it does make the game more exciting because more and more people tend to join in the drama and you’ll also start to see some random comments about the recent event too.

Michael Gore · August 17, 2018 at 9:51 am

So just like physical sports, e-Sports is wide open to corruption.

This would almost be funny if not for the amount of work the teams put in.

You would think that a professional outfit such as Revival TV would also know better but some people just don’t play by the rules.

    Riaz Shah · August 17, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Totally Michael! 

    Esport athletes are just like any other athletes, they train every single day at least for at least 12 hours to keep their skills and wits sharp plus they have to sacrifice their time for outings and hang outs just for the sake of work. So yes, being laid off in a tournament that they’ve been preparing their whole lives for is definitely a very serious matter.

    Imagine millions of supporters being angry, that’s exactly the kind of image that we want to avoid as it tarnishes the whole entire industry, despite the good drama. I guess some people don’t really care when it comes to money. But in the case of Revival TV, they were quiet all the way until eventually, they found out that the Malaysian team is ready for a lawsuit. You should have seen the look on their faces, I’ve never seen anyone apologize that fast.

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