CS:GO

CSGO: Evil Geniuses confirm acquisition of NRG roster

Published: 26/Sep/2019 13:13 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 13:31

by Calum Patterson

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North American esports organization Evil Geniuses have officially confirmed their return to Counter-Strike esports by acquiring their first-ever CS:GO lineup, the Major semi-finalists from NRG.

As first reported by Dexerto’s own DeKay on September 25, the now-former NRG lineup will represent Evil Geniuses at ESL One New York, starting September 26.

EG confirmed the acquisition on Twitter, thanking NRG for making it happen in time for New York.

EG will face off against a new look FaZe Clan in their first-round match-up, who now have Brazilian star coldzera in their ranks.

Considering FaZe are a new lineup, it could be an opening for EG to get an early win under their belts in their first-ever CS:GO match as an organization.

Starladder/Igor BezborodovNRG made it to the semi-finals of the StarLadder Berlin Major.

“After extensive negotiations with NRG Esports, Evil Geniuses is happy to announce that we’re acquiring both their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster”, EG said in their announcement, also confirming that they have secured the teams ESL Pro League spot.

The organization explains that they spent the last several months exploring opportunities, including building a team from scratch and even venturing outside of NA, but when NRG’s lineup “began assessing their options”, they knew they would be the perfect fit.

EG’s CEO, Nicole Lapointe Jameson, explained that it is fitting to re-enter CS in the organization’s 20th year. “CS is one of the spaces our fans have asked us to re-enter the most, and we’re happy to bring a touch of Evil back to the scene and its supporters,” she said.

Evil Geniuses CS:GO roster

  • Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
  • Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
  • Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
  • Ethan “Ethan” Arnold
  • Tarik “tarik” Celik
    • Chet “ImAPet” Singh (Coach)
CS:GO

FalleN accuses Immortals COO of “lying” about payments after MIBR-Team Liquid move

Published: 10/Jan/2021 14:40 Updated: 10/Jan/2021 15:27

by Calum Patterson

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Shortly after the confirmation of Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo’s move to Team Liquid, leaving MIBR after two years, a disupte took place publicly between the Brazilian pro and Immortals COO, Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen.

The spat came about after Team Liquid apologized to MIBR for failing to notify them of the announcement about FalleN’s move.

The team wrote on Twitter, “In the excitement of the day we forgot to give @MIBR warning before announcing Fallen. We strive to be good partners off the server and should have checked ourselves.”

Lurppis, a former player, caster, and analyst, now the COO at Immortals, MIBR’s parent company, responded, saying it was “common courtesy” for organizations to agree on a release time for announcements.

Fallen and Twistzz
Team Liquid / MIBR
FalleN has joined Team Liquid, replacing Twistzz in the lineup.

The conversation took a turn when a fan raised an issue around MIBR’s signing of the old SK Gaming lineup, as luppis replied: “we continue pursuing options against SK because our German lawyers have advised us that SK illegally withheld ~$250k from the players, which we paid each at different times. However, we also paid them ~$100k each in extra salary above contract, but that never comes up”

FalleN took issue with this statement, responding to deny that he had been paid the $100,000 ‘in extra salary above contract.’

“That’s not true as you never paid me and made sure I sign out without receiving it,” FalleN said. “Signing an NDA with you doesn’t mean I will see you lying on social media and be quiet.”

Kovanen responded to FalleN’s accusation, explaining that it was worked out as “part of the buyout” and reiterating that Immortals “paid you ~$100k extra out of the kindness of our hearts in good faith, outside of what we had contractually agreed to.”

Clarifying his comment, lurppis continued: “Kindness of heart was a figure of speech, but we paid them the full salary even though they weren’t legally entitled to it because we wanted to show good faith and thought it would help long-term.”

FalleN has not publicly responded to the Immortals COO since, so a resolution to this dispute does not appear to be forthcoming.

For now, FalleN is joining up with his new North American teammates under the Team Liquid banner. The squad’s first competitive action together will be at the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19.