Hi Michael, well aside from your broader point there, the general consensus in Islam as far as I am aware is that when you are traveling you are allowed to NOT fast Ramadan and make the days up later in the year. It is quite explicit in the Quran that this is allowed, actually. So… There should not have been a controversy in the first place since the Algerians were playing abroad!
But your larger point is more interesting. I like to play games that are NOT competitive, not focused on extrinsic reward, etc. But how many are there designed that way?