Well, Blizzard is the news again, and once again, it's not great.\r\n\r\nThis has not been a great year for Blizzard, and it has been highlighted in the last month. Everything from the <a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-deals-with-public-backlash-after-suspending-player-for-public-support-of-hong-kong-protests-29256\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">blitzchung decision<\/a>, to <a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-vice-president-and-overwatch-director-jeff-kaplan-does-not-agree-with-the-companys-decision-to-ban-blitzchung-over-hong-kong-controversy-37059\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">executives in contradiction with each other<\/a>, to <a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-loses-sponsor-mitsubishi-taiwan-after-banning-gamer-for-making-pro-hong-kong-statement-32275\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">losing sponsorship money<\/a>.\r\n\r\nNow another issue with Blizzard has been reported, and it has to do with how the game developer ran the Grand Finals for the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI.)\r\n\r\nMDI is a Blizzard esports series that features World of Warcraft players facing off as teams in a head to head race, finding out which team can finish a dungeon quicker.\r\n\r\nThe Grand Finals took place at Blizzcon 2019, the annual gaming convention put on by Blizzard, and the conditions were less than ideal, according to the <a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/mythic-dungeon-international-grand-finals-results-method-eu-wins-championship-at-blizzcon-2019-34342\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">champions Method EU<\/a>.\r\n\r\nThe General Manager of the esports organization Method (which Method EU represents,) Darrie, wrote a statement and posted it via Twitter:\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/shutupdarrie\/status\/1193608142992662530\r\n\r\nShe starts it off by stating the fact that multiple members of Method EU asked her to make a statement.\r\n\r\nDarrie mentions the prize pool controversy (<a href="https:\/\/happygamer.com\/ambiguity-around-the-prize-pools-for-blizzards-esport-grand-finals-fuels-controversy-33901\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here to read about it<\/a>), specifically how MDI and the Arena World Championship (AWC) competitors, another esports tournament that took place at Blizzcon, get paid significantly less than other Blizzard esports.\r\n\r\nShe points to cost-cutting by Blizzard as the reason for them not contributing to the prize pool.\r\nShe then mentioned a few specific examples of what Method EU players had to deal with at the Grand Finals.\r\n\r\nFacilities were apparently atrocious for players, as they were only granted one official practice day before the tournament, an inadequate amount of food.\r\n\r\nTournament competitors had to find their own computer cafes to practice at since Blizzard didn\u2019t offer facilities, which led to rival teams practicing next to each other. She cited a few more issues, including an impractical schedule for meal vouchers.\r\n\r\nThe last issue Darrie brought up was the inability of fans to watch the opening event. The pre-matches before Blizzcon, which took place a day before the official start of the convention, were played offline and was not broadcasted for fans.\r\n\r\nThe first main issues with MDI and AWC not being streamed for viewers is the loss of sponsorship money for players as fans can\u2019t see them compete using the sponsored apparel. Secondly, the facts that the WoW esports fans that crowdfunded the event, couldn\u2019t even watch it the opening.\r\nShe ends her statement by listing off the accomplishments of Method this year and thanking the WoW Esports Department.\r\n\r\nIt will be interesting to see what kind of response, if any, will be made by the game developer. Blizzard Esports players will be hoping this is a wake up called for Blizzard, and that they'll plan the logistics better next time.