Russian player Pavel Zhigarev, who goes by the nickname Bee, has been disqualified from the Red Bull Wololo Legacy tournament, which will take place this fall in Age of Empires I, II and IV. The prize fund of the tournament is $300,000 for the first place, $200,000 for the second and $50,000 for the third.
The official reason for the disqualification was a violation of the rules of the tournament. The organizers did not indicate what exactly was violated.
Player “Bee” was disqualified from the tournament as a result of breaking the Road to Wololo Handook rules. We are therefore expanding the Road to Red Bull Wololo qualifier slot list with one additional player. We invite LucifroN7 to take his place.
Since the disqualification caused lively discussions, the organizers later commented on the situation again:
Based on all the discussion going on, I want to make it clear that this (disqualification) was the result of a fairly long investigation with the participation of Relic, Microsoft, Red Bull and other talents. We take situations like this very seriously and make decisions with great care.
We have the necessary evidence for our decision, however, this information is confidential and cannot be shared with the public. I cannot reveal further details on this occasion.
Bee is a professional player who has many victories in various Age of Empires and StarCraft tournaments. There are suspicions in the Age of Empires community that the real reason for the disqualification was the use of cheats related to the disclosure of the fog of war.
The Bee itself denies the accusations and released a video demanding the organizers provide evidence and giving its permission to release its confidential data to the public.
Bee claims that he did not use any cheats, in particular maphack. He plans to start streaming his games to show the fairness of the game.