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College bars CSGO esports because it’s “about bombing, terrorism and gun violence”

Published: 8/Sep/2019 13:46 Updated: 8/Sep/2019 14:52

by Andy Williams

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Thomas College have avoided CS:GO in their esports varsity program, ahead of the 2019 Fall Season tryouts, claiming it is a “no-fly zone” for collegiate esports due to “bombing, terrorism and gun violence.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the most-watched FPS esports title, bringing in unrivaled viewership numbers from its worldwide fanbase, but Thomas College have instead opted for Rainbow Six: Siege in place of the leading FPS title.

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For context, during the knockout stages of the StarLadder: Berlin Major, Twitch alone boasted over 500,000 concurrent viewers, with the grand finals set to bump that figure to well over 1 million viewers across all platforms. 

StarLadder (Twitch)CS:GO has drawn in huge viewership numbers during its most recent Major.

However, Thomas College, who field multiple esports teams for a variety of games, have decided against fielding a CS:GO roster for their upcoming season, as part of their varsity program. 

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When prompted for the rationale behind their decision on Twitter, they responded with: “CS is kind of a no-fly zone in collegiate.” Further stating that the game is “exclusively about bombing, terrorism, and gun violence [which] doesn’t lend itself well to the academic space.”

The Esports program looks set to fill the void with a Rainbow Six: Siege — a game with a similar strategic stature, and fundamentally, similar in-game systems. 

This caused quite a stir in the replies, with users defending CS:GO’s place on the collegiate circuit.

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The commitment to exclude CS:GO comes despite the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) currently supporting the franchise on their circuit (with the collegiate association hosting their first tournament for the FPS earlier this year), while Thomas College Esports currently sit as a member of the association. 

Moreover, the North American region has been increasingly impressive in Counter-Strike esports, with Team Liquid winning the Intel Grand Slam and obtaining era-status, combined with both Liquid and NRG reaching the Champions Stage of the Berlin Major.

Albeit the decision to avoid CS and opt for Siege instead has not sat well with fans, since the justification behind the college’s decision may indeed be based largely around the presentation of both titles. 

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Siege perhaps offers a more palatable ‘Attackers vs. Defenders’ scenario, as opposed to the ‘Terrorists vs. Counter-Terrorists’ seen in CS:GO, despite both games featuring bloodshed and bomb plants.

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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