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100 Thieves CSGO coach explains surprise exit

Published: 28/Apr/2020 16:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović has provided further details about why he surprisingly left the organization’s Counter-Strike team.

100 Thieves first announced the departure of their head coach on April 28, claiming that after extensive discussions, the decision to part ways was mutual.

“We appreciate his work with the squad over the past few years,” the organization said in a Twitter post, celebrating the Serbian who was originally part of the Australian Renegades roster.

In a Twitlonger, kassad delved further into details surrounding his decision to leave the team.

“I know this came as a suprise to everyone, but the truth is that we have been drifting apart in more ways than one for a while now,” he revealed. “I was personally generally unhappy with our progress and stagnation on the same level ever since the start of the last year.”

100 Thieves from Renegades in October 2019, they managed 2nd place at IEM Beijing, but since, the squad have endured a string of middling performances, and the stagnation in their performance was clear to see from the outside.

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Kassad moved with the Renegades lineup to 100 Thieves.

2020 has been filled with disappointing results finishing no higher than fifth at both offline and online events.

These issues were briefly mentioned by kassad in his post: “The biggest difference in opinions was about how to approach and more importantly how to solve the problems that we had for a while now.”

That said, things seem to have ended on good terms. “There is no ‘bad blood’ between us,” the former coach insisted. “It’s just towards the end our visions for the future of the team and how to reach the next level didn’t align.”

As for what’s next, while Trifunović said he doesn’t have anything lined up at the moment, he is open to discussing all offers that come his way, so it’s unlikely this is the last we’ll see from him.

It’s unclear who 100T has in mind to take over as coach, and they are yet to announce a replacement.

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S1mple & dev1ce hit out at Twitch and YouTube over CSGO scam streams

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:30 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 17:17

by Marco Rizzo

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Professional CSGO players Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz have spoken out on the lack of measures against fake skin giveaway scammers on Twitch and Youtube. 

Scammers of CSGO personalities such as Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, s1mple and dev1ce have been roaming around streaming platforms with little consequence for a while. The problem reached new heights in late 2019, when s1mple initially started to comment on the situation.

The issue of fake streams has started to resurface again, and unsuspecting fans are being cheated out of their Steam inventories. 

On October 27, the Ukrainian shared an email from a fan expressing their disappointment in having his CSGO inventory stolen after falling prey to a scammer impersonating s1mple on Twitch.

Astralis player Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz also voiced his unhappiness with the lack of action from Youtube, referencing his own problems with impersonators on the Google platform. 

The way these scammers operate is relatively straight-foward: they create an account pretending to be a famous personality or pro player and use old footage to simulate a live stream. They will then provide links to websites claiming to give free prizes, instead they ask for login details and sometimes more. Richard Lewis has previously covered the issue on Dexerto. 

S1mple has pointed this issue out multiple times over the last eight months, however it seems that Twitch is unable or unwilling to deal with the growing problem on their platform. 

Just a couple of days ago, fake streams of shroud and s1mple appeared on the Amazon-owned platform with upwards of 20,000 viewers. These fake streams took over the CSGO section of twitch, claiming a higher percentage of viewers than the regional final of a major CS tournament. 

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CS:GO streams are popular targets, claiming to give away ‘free skins’.

While those accounts were eventually deleted, new ones have already taken their place. Twitch and Youtube have so far, failed to keep up with the problem of fake streams and this poses a risk to its users, with today’s one being the most recent example.