k0nfig on playing in arenas: "Using the crowd shouldn't be an option"

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke spoke up on last night's episode of HLTV Confirmed regarding the effect crowds have at events and some of the other problems stemming from playing Counter-Strike in an arena.

A conversation as old as Counter-Strike being played in front of a crowd has once again popped up after a controversial play was recorded at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals in Odense, Denmark. The play in question took place during the semi-final match between mousesports and Astralis, seemingly showing how a preemptive cheer by the Danish crowd affected the decision-making of Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, who knew where two rival players were boosted thanks to the spectators' encouragement.

k0nfig believes soundproof booths with one-way glass are the answer

Both Xyp9x and Robin "ropz" Kool then took to Twitter, the former in a twitlonger and the latter in a thread, to discuss the problems that big screens, loud sound systems and a cheering crowd pose to the competitive integrity of the game.

"You can play clutches on crowd, you can scan walls on crowd, hell you can even throw grenades likes HEs and flashes," ropz says in a Tweet, "because the sound from the stage is loud enough that you'll hear if they explode which instantly means there is an enemy near you." In his Twitlonger, Xyp9x talks about these problems, but also about the importance of finding a way to keep an entertaining atmosphere for fans and not just adding a measure like banning cheering until after a round is over. "It’s really all about the excitement and the entertainment of those fans," he says, "there is nothing more enjoyable than being on the edge of the seat together with thousands of other fans watching the game and getting excited about a play together."

Another player to step up and give his opinion on the matter is k0nfig, who did so during his appearance as a guest in the HLTV Confirmed podcast. The Complexity player talked about the same issues as ropz and Xyp9x, and like the two aforementioned players brought up the solution of using soundproof booths, a fix that seems to be a generalized consensus among competitors. "I don't think [using the crowd] should be an option, that's messed up," k0nfig says to the camera, "I think if everyone had booths with glass that was black on one side so you can't see out, only in, that would be the perfect solution."

Although Xyp9x states that "there are a lot of costs associated with creating properly soundproofed booths and having them shipped around," and that he "also heard about rules on fire hazards causing challenges with respect to booths inside an arena," the topic will nonetheless be discussed by the CSPPA, who will then start a conversation with the different tournament organizers to try and find solutions that are best for both crowd experience and the competitive integrity of the game.

You can watch yesterday's HLTV Confirmed podcast with k0nfig, which includes the conversation about the need for soundproof booths, by clicking here.

Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
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Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
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Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
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Netherlands Wimmie 
oke fine
2019-12-10 14:35
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
2019-12-10 14:36
Germany Ezavg 
2019-12-10 15:24
Russia BEpis_man 
2019-12-10 14:35
who cars about ur opinion you wont ever play in front of a crowd ever again lol
2019-12-10 14:35
mantuu | 
France teror 
complexity has a lot of potential, you shouldn't say that before seeing what they are capable :D.
2019-12-10 14:39
k0nfig wasted his best form in trash OpTic lineup im not sure if he's going to play like b4
2019-12-10 14:41
wAsTeD hIs bEsT fOrM, he's 22 lmao
2019-12-10 14:50
22 ? So BoOMeR LmAo WaStEd
2019-12-10 15:20
zOOmErs eVERyWheRe
2019-12-10 23:11
he did actually lol after north he went straight down to the trash
2019-12-10 15:29
Denmark MetatronKbh 
2019-12-10 16:47
say it to me IN REAL LIFE MEN)
2019-12-10 21:11
"hltW" actually lol'd
2019-12-11 08:16
mad viking in da houst hahahah
2019-12-11 10:17
United Kingdom Pandify_Denje 
22? Time to retire men))) csgo is for yung wonderchilds only.
2019-12-11 21:48
Yes, K0nfig said that they destroyed Navi in scrims
2019-12-10 14:43
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
Beating navi in a scrims. That is same as random pro players play faceit vs each other.
2019-12-10 15:08
Finland KieZuZ 
He said "we practice with og and navi and we destoryed navi". So they lost to OG?
2019-12-10 16:00
Albania subhumen 
Maybe the won og, but didnt 16-0 them..?
2019-12-11 06:32
no ez for no brainer
2019-12-10 14:35
2019-12-10 14:36
Bug clan, crowd clan, nividia clan
2019-12-10 14:36
Brazil fuNNa 
expected from danes cheating with crowd
2019-12-10 14:37
k0nfig not dumb Pog
2019-12-10 14:41
Australia Chereska 
One way glass is a bit too far
2019-12-10 14:41
Portugal dracø 
2019-12-10 14:49
Cuz maybe the players would like to see the crowd they are playing for, to bring hype into themselves and to cheer the crowd up and such, u wouldnt get up and raise ur arms if u cant see who's on the other side, imo
2019-12-10 15:56
United States A7X_Viper 
+1 whats the point of playing for a crowd if youre trapped in a box and can't even see them?
2019-12-10 16:22
2019-12-10 19:03
United States A7X_Viper 
2019-12-10 19:04
Yea I don’t think fans are doing sign language call outs. Sound proof is a necessity though
2019-12-10 22:09
Denmark Luckyyshot 
There is cases of Brazilian fans having callouts on signs.
2019-12-11 01:38
United States A7X_Viper 
there was also a game where c9 fans were holding up signs telling them which site the t's were hitting
2019-12-11 01:55
Denmark Luckyyshot 
Yeah, people just suck...
2019-12-11 01:59
United States A7X_Viper 
yeah it sucks, but these are very rare cases. im not sure how it was handled, hopefully the fans got kicked out cause thats just shitty behavior
2019-12-11 02:00
They could dim the light through the rounds...?
2019-12-11 16:43
+1 better hide the players in a close Room than spend money in mirrors Will be the some shit
2019-12-11 03:51
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr 
+1 but maybe the players can be in a different room and both players and spectators get a cinemascreen in front of them so they can still see eachother?
2019-12-10 16:36
Sweden Akoulad 
and when was the last time this fool played in a corwd LMAO
2019-12-10 14:46
Norway Nikki_96 
ok? but how is it related
2019-12-11 08:44
using nvidia shouldnt be an option
2019-12-10 14:47
Ok but why though?
2019-12-10 14:52
Spain plumus 
Maybe like in tennis, as Xypex says "banning cheering until after a round is over"
2019-12-10 14:49
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
He said: "only able to cheer after a finished round, like tennis for example. I would hate that for CS:GO" So he's speaking of it as a bad exemple for cs.
2019-12-11 11:57
Spain Granjero 
2019-12-10 14:50
2019-12-10 14:51
5Head KEKW
2019-12-10 14:55
gla1ve 6Head then
2019-12-10 15:28
Poland hqs- 
yes Xyp9x crying about it but all their winnings have nothing to do with it
2019-12-10 15:05
KennyS I'll fuck you up
2019-12-10 15:12
Russia oldbiven 
Who cars?
2019-12-10 15:22
Finland Miroyev 
kekw when's the last time he played in front of a crowd
2019-12-10 15:52
He actually played but not on tier 1 events (dh opens, etc)
2019-12-11 01:46
How about Valve just paid for those booths? they keep getting paid from skins, keys, etc.
2019-12-10 16:01
Denmark Milkshake665 
The amounts of money made from digital capital must be insane. You have a good point. They should definitely chip in.
2019-12-10 19:50
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Armenia gr1nch 
2019-12-10 16:12
United Kingdom Oxna 
Xyp9x did nothing wrong guys! All the suspicions about nvidia and crowd cheating are purely from sour fans. There is literally no evidence or substance to support the claims. Ashtrays are innocent. Megam1nd, snorevice, Sadnips, dupoopree and tomatoface dont use exploits honestly. Ps have you ever seen a more boring hated team than astralis? I hate the current meta of csgo where overpowered weapons and or bugs are abused. What happened to skilled players? Now theyre getting dicked by lesser skilled abusers.
2019-12-10 17:38
Denmark Milkshake665 
You sound just a tad salty. Looking back through Astralis' era, there have been A LOT of innovation in the meta game and many clutch matches with Astralis in them. Astralis have no skills? You must be really ignorant and no, noone with a brain will agree with you.
2019-12-10 19:55
What is nvidia cheating?
2019-12-10 23:06
Argentina Konigmdq 
2019-12-11 06:44
Guatemala KlassiKer 
lmao two faced astralis players think that it is the worst thing when someone uses the crowd and when they do it its not even a problem,hyproctat twats
2019-12-10 19:21
One way glass is a rly fun option, they will forget about the cameras and will be toxic and shit, wonderful idea from konfig
2019-12-10 19:38
lmao k0nfig? really? Wonder whats his opinion on other kinds of cheating huh
2019-12-10 22:30
Macedonia ydjoon 
astralis players are 2 faced, especially glaive. NO RESPECT GIVEN.
2019-12-10 23:17
omg k0nfigs team sucks, why would he even..
2019-12-11 00:03
Yea but thats why u want a home crowd. I hope they don’t change it honestly
2019-12-11 03:13
fuck crowds, bunch of bitches
2019-12-11 06:23
Yes, im still remember how grat used his middle finger to the crowd XD
2019-12-11 08:18
Dosia | 
Denmark aeble 
Elevated soundproof booths with a screenpanel behind the monitors, to hide the crowd when sitting down. np
2019-12-11 11:10
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