Meta4Pro withdraws from EU Lower Division DPC

By Chelsea JackFebruary 16, 2021
DreamLeague confirmed this morning, February 16, that Meta4Pro has withdrawn from the European Lower Division of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). Meta4Pro has cited their own suspicions that some of their players were involved in match-fixing as the reason for the departure from the DPC.
No players have been identified as the investigation is apparently ongoing. However, Meta4Pro has also indicated that some players have refused to continue playing in the squad due to having these suspicions about their teammates.
DreamLeague has confirmed that all of Meta4Pro's matches will be voided. Their remaining two series have been cancelled, and there will be no broadcast at those times (on February 16 and 22). Meta4Pro will automatically be one of the bottom two teams in the Division, resulting in their relegation out of the DPC. Meta4Pro had been 0-5 at the time of this announcement, guaranteeing themselves one of the bottom two slots in the region prior to this news.
DreamLeague's statement regarding the issue ended with assurances that additional updates will come: "Once ESIC’s and our investigation is completed, we will update the Dota community on its outcome." ESIC is the Esports Integrity Commission, founded in 2016 as a not-for-profit organization with the mission of investigating allegations of cheating in esports. DreamHack and ESL (now united as ESL Gaming) both joined ESIC as supporting tournament organizers in 2017.
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