Formula E driver gets caught cheating in an esports race after using a surrogate driver

    
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Formula E driver gets caught cheating in an esports race after using a surrogate driver

It really seemed like a no-brainer, didn’t it? If racing can’t happen in real life, you can just go over to video games about racing, right? Except it turns out that even if the skill set largely transfers laterally, some people will opt to be pretty unscrupulous or awful in this format. The latest example is Formula E drive Daniel Abt, who finished third in a race on Saturday… only to be disqualified and have his performance expunged when it was discovered that he wasn’t actually racing, instead paying another gamer to pretend to be him while driving.

Abt has been fined £8,900 for his actions as well as having his points for previous races removed, and issued an apology for his actions… although considering his apology included the phrase “it was never meant with any bad intention” one can question the sincerity of his remorse for the cheating itself. So it seems that moving all of these contests to a digital space with less accountability increases the number of people willing to cheat at them. We’re sure everyone is shocked.

Source: BBC via Kotaku

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The linked article doesn’t give much about his excuse, either that or it just isn’t loading for me. He made a video about what he claims he was doing and why though:

He basically says that it was all meant as a joke, which he intended to publicize after the race.

“We had a conversation and the idea came up that it would be a funny move if a sim racer basically drove for me, to show the other, real drivers, what he is capable of and use the chance to drive against them.”

“We wanted to document it and create a funny story for the fans with it.”

“It was never my intention to get a result and keep quiet about it later on just to make me look better.”

I’m not saying I agree with him or anything, but this is probably why he is saying it wasn’t done with bad intention. It wasn’t meant to be actually cheating. He just was being a moron, basically.

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I’m sure Audi would be very cross with their driver if the news articles also mention the team he drives for.

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https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/26/21270503/audi-drops-formula-e-daniel-abt-esports-racing-ringer-scandal

He’s no longer driving for them, so I’m sure they’re pretty cross about it : P

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I guess he learned a very expensive lesson then.

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He was fired from Audi and will be linked to cheating from here on out. Especially since people just hear he cheated without really hearing his reasoning.

I’m not saying it was a good excuse or anything and he should have taken it more seriously, but what he *claims* was that it wasn’t just to cheat. He filmed the guy racing for him and claims he always intended on publicizing the video and what happened.

“We had a conversation and the idea came up that it would be a funny move if a sim racer basically drove for me, to show the other, real drivers, what he is capable of and use the chance to drive against them. We wanted to document it and create a funny story for the fans with it.”

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Man, watching the behavior of some of these professionals is kinda embarrassing. Some aren’t taking these events remotely seriously (like this) and seem to have completely missed all the previous stories about the repercussions of these types of actions.

Then you have others that seem to forget they’re not alone in their vehicles or with just their pit crew listening in, dropping racial slurs and throwing temper tantrums while livestreaming.

I’m not a sports guy so I’m not sure if this is meaningfully different than the usual behavior for folks paying attention, but from an outsiders point of view it seems much more common nowadays.

This is why I stick with competitive marble racing, and was thrilled when John Oliver brought that amazing sport to millions of new potential fans.

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Amy “Darth Karen” Cooper was a professional too… >.<