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CS:GO pro players blast iBUYPOWER event after multiple issues

Published: 21/Jan/2019 10:17 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 11:48

by Connor Bennett


A number of prominent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have criticized the iBuyPower Masters event that took place from January 19 through 20.

The tournament, which took place in California, ran into issues from the get-go with the first game of day one being delayed for close to three hours. A number of games had to be played off-stream to make up for the time lost.

Players also complained about a lack of quality monitors and even the availability of noise-cancelling headphones so that they could play without hearing the crowd and other sounds in the venue. 

There were also issues for spectators at the arena as they could only watch games on small TV screens. 

Team Liquid’s Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dunkel, Tweeted after his team’s first game: “Gg @Luminosity, this event is a joke and I feel bad for all players.”

The Canadian went on to say: “Feels like they didnt have enough experience or time to make it what it could have been. Playing on a setup on a balcony over viewing the main game with a crowd behind us, no noise cancelling headphones, limited desk space and the monitors are below standard”

After being eliminated from the event, Cloud9’s Swedish star Robin ‘Flusha’ Ronnquist posted:  “Glad to be going home from this trash tournament.”

His sentiments were echoed by his fellow Swede, FaZe Clan’s Olof ‘Olofmeister’ Kajbjer, who said: “Done here at iBUYPOWER and we played poorly and it was the same conditions for everyone so I don’t want to take away anything from ghost but this event is one of the top3 worst events I’ve been too in my career.”

Team Liquid eventually claimed the tournament victory, coming back to defeat Astralis 2-1 in the best-of-three final after losing the opening map – Inferno – by a scoreline of 16-4.

Place Team and winnings
1st Team Liquid ($100,000)
2nd Astralis ($40,000)
3-4 Fnatic ($17,000)
3-4 Ghost Gaming ($17,000)
5-6 Cloud9 ($8,000)
5-6 FaZe Clan ($8,000)
7-8 compLexity ($5,000)
7-8 Luminosity($5,000)

BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


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.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
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.

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.