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CSGO caster Launders denies ex-girlfriend’s allegations of assault

Published: 27/Jun/2020 15:36

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO caster Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy has responded to allegations from his ex-girlfriend Melanie ‘Passionite’, who claims that he had sex with her without consent when they were in a relationship in 2017.

On June 24, Melanie shared the story of the alleged assault and a handful of screenshots of text messages between the pair. She claims that she had been in physical pain and so refused his advance, but that Launders ignored this rejection.

On June 26, Govindasamy shared his response, denying that he had ever had non-consensual sex with Melanie throughout their relationship.

Their relationship began in 2017, when Launders was 26 and Melanie 18. In her Twitlonger, she claims: “I didn’t want to have sex one day (I wasn’t feeling well). We both agreed the night before, and again the same day. we were sitting on his black futon when he started touching me. I told him directly to his face I did not want to have sex.

“His response was ‘I don’t care. I want it now.’ The look he gave me was terrifying.”

Launders responds to allegation

Although Launders does not address the specific incident raised by Melanie, he explains that he first heard her make the accusation after he said he was calling the police to check up on her, due to threats of suicide.

“I told her directly that I would call [the police] if she didn’t seek professional help. This is when she accused me of sexually assaulting her. She has not mentioned it since. I would like to make it very clear that I take the issue of consent very seriously, as I did throughout our relationship and I believe that every time we had sex, it was consensual.”

He claims that the allegations she made on June 25 follow a “pattern” of behavior, where she makes “false” accusations or threaten to hurt herself “to stop me from calling the police.”

Concluding his response, Launders says: “I take responsibility for my lack of judgment in instigating the relationship. She was young and was dealing with mental health problems.

“I wanted to help her but it should also have been clear she wasn’t ready for a relationship. She needed a friend who could help her get the medical assistance that she needed, not the additional stress of a partner.”

The allegations are just one of many in the past two weeks, which have seen countless streamers, developers, esports talent, and industry figures accused of various transgressions, covering the entire scale of harassment and assault.

Some of the biggest names caught up in serious allegations include YouTuber Syndicate, another CS:GO caster HenryG, and Dota personality TobiWan. Both Syndicate and HenryG have denied the allegations.

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LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – Astralis fights back on Overpass

Published: 19/Jan/2021 14:38 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 18:19

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 


  • EG edge out Astralis 16-14 on Inferno
  • Astralis control the game to win Overpass 16-8
  • EG leading Vertigo 3-0

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Results and Schedule

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Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis vs Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 vs Furia 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality vs Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
3rd Place Match TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Watch Now: Can Anyone Beat Astralis @ BLAST Global Finals?


Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

With this competition featuring a total prize pool of $1 million, all 8 teams that have made it this far will be earning a nice chunk of cash, regardless of the outcomes.

That said, however, there will be an extraordinary amount of money awarded to the higher placers, including a massive $400,000 gap between the first and second-place teams.

Addtionally, BLAST announced the champions will receive exlusive TW Steel watches alongside their $600,000.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $15,000
TBD