Checkmate-NKT result overturned in IEM Fall Asia qualifier
Checkmate were found to have staff present in their room during the match, which is against the RMR event rules.
Checkmate's victory against NKT in the opening round of the IEM Fall Asia closed qualifier has been overturned as a result of the Mongolian team breaking Valve's Regional Major Ranking rules, which state that no one other than the players are allowed in the room during matches.
Checkmate have been allowed to play the rest of the tournament, dropping to the lower bracket final to play against Invictus for survival on Saturday. Meanwhile, NKT have replaced the Mongolian side in the upper bracket final, where they will face Wings Up for a place at the main event.
The rule preventing anyone other than players to be present on the server or in the room with the team during online matches in Regional Major Ranking tournaments was introduced by Valve at the beginning of the year as a result of 2020's coaching scandal, which saw 37 coaches banned for exploitation of the coaching bug.
"During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server," the rules state. "Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match."