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CS:GO: Semphis reveals “unacceptable” rule imposed by TSM in 2016

Published: 24/Jul/2019 14:18 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:34

by Miguel Lozada


In the wake of serious accusations made about NiP by ex-CS:GO pro Fifflaren, fellow retired pro player Kory ‘semphis‘ Friesen has revealed that TSM also tried to enforce a similar rule about girlfriends when he played for the organization.

During an interview with Richard Lewis on July 23, Fifflaren claimed, among other even more serious accusations, that Ninjas in Pyjamas would require players make a written application to have a girlfriend.

The organization was apparently concerned about the potential for relationships to negatively impact the players’ performance, and according to semphis, they weren’t the only ones.

TwitchSemphis played for TSM throughout 2016.

In a Reddit thread on Fifflaren’s revelations about NiP, semphis claimed that TSM were equally strict, even ruling that players could not have girlfriends visit the team house.

Semphis, despite not having a girlfriend at the time, says he informed the organization that such a rule was “unacceptable”, and that after a discussion the rule was eventually dropped.

“I just told them it was unacceptable to have me live somewhere full time and dictate who visits,” semphis explains, “I would have left and I didn’t even have a girlfriend at the time, just unacceptable.”


Semphis went on to clarify that the team did not even train or work together on competitive play in the team house, but rather at an office a few minutes away.


Semphis played for TSM for almost 12 months, and although the team had limited success, they did manage a handful of top 4 and top 6 finishes.

The Canadian left the organization in January 2017, joining Splyce, where he remained until mid 2018, rounding off his career.

Presumably, TSM has never attempted to implement such a strict rule since, as semphis says they “dropped it” after discussion.

On July 24, NiP responded to some of the claims made by Fifflaren and questions surrounding them from the community, explaining that they are learning from the mistakes of the past, albeit those that were made under a different management team.

With the claims made by Fifflaren a potential watershed moment, some are expecting more current and former players to come forward with their experiences which have perhaps been suppressed previously.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.