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Brazilian streamer Gaules apologizes after CSGO “cheating” controversy

Published: 14/Jul/2020 11:14 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 11:49

by Calum Patterson

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Brazilian CS:GO personality Alexandre ‘Gaules’ Borba has issued an apology for his analysis of a CS Summit match, saying “if my attitude generated a negative reaction the made someone upset, I come here to apologize.”

Gaules has been criticized for sparking furious backlash against players of Chaos EC, namely 16-year-old American player Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf, after accusations that the player was cheating based on a handful of clips.

In an opinion piece, Richard Lewis called into question Gaules’ suitability as a partnered broadcaster for the Portuguese-language streams of official tournaments. Lewis said that Gaules spent “parts of the broadcast watching clips on-air and openly saying that Orf had cheated.”

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Gaules’ streams have become a hub for Portugeuse-speaking CS fans watching pro matches.

This eventually led to Leaf deactivating his Twitter account after a tirade of abuse from Brazilian fans who were now convinced the player had cheated his way to victory vs MiBR.

“15 days ago I analyzed some CS Summit plays with influential people from national CS,” Gaules said. “The intention was to make an analysis of the match, and even reinforcing several times that neither the org nor the player should be pressed, some people went to the players’ social media profiles and said things that should never be said.”

“From the moment that physical threats and violence became part of the issue, this means that we must take a stand and show that our community can no longer tolerate this type of attitude so that we can positively have a place within the international community.”

Concluding his apology, Gaules said: “Today we have a direct channel with the most important people from global CS, so that championships, whether online or offline, can be more and more reliable, competitive, and above all, respectful.”

Richard Lewis did note however that Gaules stopped short of apologizing for “accusing the player of cheating repeatedly during a partnered broadcast.”

Gaules has become one of the most popular destinations for fans watching Counter-Strike on Twitch throughout the period of online events due to LAN events being put on hold.

His streamer reached peak viewership of 387,000, with his highest peaks always when Brazilian teams are playing. In many cases, his livestream will actually overtake the primary English-speaking broadcast for the given match. With this newfound influence though, comes increased responsibility.

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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.