Pro Gaming Champ says he peed in bottle during $205,000 tournament

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When you have to go, you really have to go. I just want esports tournaments to feel the same way by letting their competitors use the toilet. Professional player Oliver “Skeeter” Lepko peed in a bottle during the ongoing DOTA2 tournament, citing the rules of the organizers forbidding going to the toilet during the match. Here’s a photo of a urine bottle for your… uh, enjoyment?

DPC Winter Tour 2023 WEU Division 1 this is DOTA2 tournament organized by the Romanian eSports company PGL. Eight European teams compete against each other from January 9 to 29 for a $200,000 prize pool. But that’s not what you’re interested in. Do you want to know why a professional gamer pissed into a bottle as if he Amazon delivery driver.

Lepko told Jake Lucky that he would have been subject to a Level 2 Draft penalty (meaning teams are delayed picking their heroes) if he chose to go to the restroom, which was allegedly against the rules. Instead of putting your team at a disadvantage or waiting out 40 minutes of standard DOTA2 of the match, Lepko took the bottle and urinated in front of his teammates. I can’t decide if I should praise him for being a team player or if he should just take the penalty. He made his innocent teammates see his junk, which couldn’t be funny to any of the members. Kotaku reached out to PGL to ask how unlimited restroom breaks would affect the integrity of the tournament, but had not received a response as of press time. Nevertheless, the Lepko team managed to win three out of four matches in the tournament.

The strangeness of the story doesn’t end there. Instead of apologizing and telling competitors they can use the restroom as much as they want, PGL allegedly said Lepko “clarify [his] previous tweet” about the urine bottle. “I knew that the rulebook said that toilet breaks are prohibited,” wrote Lepko. “I will go [to the] toilet before every game, but drank a lot of water and had to walk again because of the long game.” Kotaku contacted Lepko to ask if any of his previous tournaments had a no-toilet rule, but received no response.

The incident seems funny at first glance, but it’s deeply fucked up that esports tournaments are just as bad at letting people piss as Amazon is. Get up, professional gamers. You have nothing to lose but your chains.

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