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CR4ZY CEO calls out G2 Esports for attempted player “poaching”

Published: 6/Sep/2019 21:25 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 22:14

by Scott Robertson


Antonio Meic, CEO of CR4ZY, took to Twitter to call out G2 Esports and founder Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez on alleged poaching of players while in Berlin.

The StarLadder CSGO Major in Berlin isn’t finished yet, but the roster moves that will take place after are sure to be interesting. Teams such as Virtus.Pro, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, and Fnatic are rumored to be making big changes. 100 Thieves is returning to CS:GO. MiBR has already made moves.

But it’s important to go through the proper channels when approaching new players, and according to the CEO of CR4ZY, who made a surprising New Legends stage appearance in Berlin, someone’s not abiding by the rules:

Meic claims that G2 esports and ocelote have gone behind the CR4ZY owners backs regarding one of their players, and later in the replies appears to claim that it happened 30 minutes after he left the G2 office.

Meic is obviously upset, but as Scott “SirScoots” Smith of the CS Professional Players’ Association tells him, it’s typical for interested teams to go to players first, and SirScoots even says that it’s preferable that way.

SirScoots and others in the replies weighed in that what’s allegedly happening to CR4ZY is just part of the CS:GO environment. In professional sports, and even other esports like the LCS and the LEC, there are anti-poaching regulations and rules that prevent this sort of thing. But those don’t exist in CS:GO.

G2 themselves were accused of tampering in the LEC, and Riot had to address them because their league has those anti-tampering rules in place.

Even if CR4ZY players were interested in G2 Esports, they’re not able to just cut and run and leave CR4ZY behind. If they signed contracts, they have to reach out to their owners about a buyout or a release or a trade.

StarLadderG2 Esports after their elimination at StarLadder

Mousesports player Robin ‘ropz’ Kool apparently doesn’t buy what Miec is claiming either, saying “everything you’ve tweeted so far is just off brother.”

So far there has been no response from ocelote or G2 Esports.

Miec was in the news earlier when he claimed ESL’s new league would be Valve supported and feature franchised teams. ESL Pro Tour was announced that day, but not with Valve support or franchises.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.