The Call of Duty World League had a strange start at i60 in Birmingham - the trophy seems to have disappeared.
Although there appears to be no complete evidence or statement as of yet, many people at the event have reported the trophy missing, as reported by Dexerto.
Of course the situation being laughed about by quite a few people on Twitter:
Someone got drunk and stole the CoD trophy, I love EU events
— Shane McKerral #i60 (@LDLC_ShAnE) April 14, 2017
People saying the trophy at #i60 has been taken but it looked perfectly fine last night in my backpack. easy pick up and active camo. GGNR
— Momo @ i60 (@PhilWhi7) April 14, 2017
The CWL Trophy stolen off Main Stage... You'd of thought the staff might of noticed someone sneaking off with the thing.. pic.twitter.com/Qkfjc5lchw
— Jon Blayney (@itbeJonB) 14 April 2017
Could the incident be reminiscent of the theft of the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 ahead of the FIFA World Cup? Coincidentally, that was also hosted in England.
The sheer prestige of the two trophies can clearly overwhelm those who have an affinity for the darker side of life, and unfortunately it has ended with a team potentially missing out on the opportunity to lift a trophy at the end of the weekend.
It is certainly a strange way to open an event, but it has almost become normal to expect UK esports fans to show our weird and wacky sides when we all come together.
Jokes aside, we urge anybody who has knowledge on the matter to report what they know to Insomnia staff so that there is indeed a trophy available on Championship Sunday.
What is it with UK esports and trophies? Last year a man was bundled off stage after running on naked and wearing the ESL Hearthstone trophy on his head.