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Alex reportedly returning to pro CSGO to lead new FunPlus Phoenix roster

Published: 20/Aug/2020 7:52 Updated: 20/Aug/2020 8:44

by Andrew Amos

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Former Vitality star Alex ‘Alex’ McMeekin is reportedly set to return to professional CS:GO, helping lead a new FunPlus Phoenix roster. Alex stepped back in March 2020, citing “personal reasons.”

The British leader was a core part of Vitality’s CS:GO roster, right as they launched their renaissance in 2019. He helped the team reach #2 in the CS:GO World Rankings, behind star squad Astralis, picking up seven trophies along the way.

However, entering into 2020, the team failed to find the same success, falling out of IEM Katowice in 9-12th. Alex decided to take a step back, citing personal reasons with excessive travel and a packed schedule.

Alex playing for Vitality in CS:GO
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Alex helped Vitality find success in 2019.

“The demanding lifestyle of a high level professional CS:GO player wasn’t fitting him anymore,” Vitality said in a statement back in March.

The light has reportedly been rekindled for Alex, though. With a shift to online play, travel isn’t as much of a worry, and he might have found his way back into the professional scene at the right time.

The star IGL is reportedly heading up a new-look FunPlus Phoenix roster, according to insider DeKay. FPX have approached Vitality to talk about Alex’s buyout, which was previously reported to be as high as $600,000.

FPX’s two stints in CS:GO have been far from successful. They picked up Danish roster Heroic, but the deal fell through after Patrik ‘es3tag’ Hansen chose to move to Astralis. The roster never played a game under the FPX banner.

Their second roster, the former Bad News Bears team, was only a temporary endeavor for the remainder of Flashpoint Season 1.

FPX have been slowly expanding into Europe. They picked up the European Valorant roster ZyppanGoKill, who finished second in their first event under the Chinese organization’s banner, Allied Esports Odyssey.

Alex was also linked to FaZe back in July, coming in to replace youngster Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras. However, the organization opted to pick up Kjaerbye, confirming the signing on August 11.

FPX are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you as more information becomes available.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.