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CS:GO star Ropz reveals how he overcame a family tragedy to go pro

Published: 21/Sep/2018 9:16 Updated: 21/Sep/2018 9:41

by Matt Porter


Professional CounterStrike: Global Offensive player Robin ‘ropz’ Kool has spoken about how he overcame a tragedy in his personal life to fulfil his dream.

Kool was interviewed by FACEIT for a series of player profile videos that they are producing for the London CS:GO Major, taking place between September 5 to 23.

Each video provides an in-depth look at the life and the backstory of a professional CSGO player. Along with the Estonian, FACEIT has produced profiles for MIBR’s Jacky ‘Stewie2K’ Yip and G2 Esports player Richard ‘shox’ Papillon.

In the video, ropz and his family speak about how difficult it is to balance both his schoolwork and his professional career, and his headmaster remarks at how impressive it is that he continues to perform at a high level in both fields.

However, the 18 year old also took time to speak about a personal tragedy that affected his life immensely, the death of his father. Kool’s father owned large farms in Estonia, but a downturn in business saw the family lose their home to bankruptcy, and shortly after this, Kool’s father sadly took his own life.

Ropz stated that if he could go back in time and speak to his father, he would tell him: “I could earn so much money playing CS, and to just wait. Things will work out.” 

Kool’s mother, Gea, is clearly proud of her son, and spoke about her joy at his success after an undoubtedly difficult time, saying; “He has found his way, he has found his work and hobby in this game, his way of life.”

Unfortunately for ropz, his journey at the FACEIT London Major ended in the New Legends Stage, when mousesports were eliminated by FaZe Clan.


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.