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CSGO star Fer speaks out following inexplicable Twitch ban

Published: 30/Jun/2020 22:38 Updated: 30/Jun/2020 23:43

by Alan Bernal

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga responded to his Twitch channel ban and is looking for answers as to why the action against his account was taken.

Fer is one of the most well-known Brazilian CS talents of all time. Lately, he’s been getting a lot of traction in his Twitch streams, which consist of high-level CSGO matches that garner thousands of enthusiastic viewers.

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However, his broadcasts have come under scrutiny by onlookers and his own organization, MiBR, in the past for offensive or racist comments made while he was live on the air.

Although he’s faced action from his club for these incidents, the cause of his June 30 ban from the streaming platform has him confused.

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“I woke up now and apparently I was banned from Twitch,” fer said in a translated tweet. “I received no message, no email explaining or stating the reason.”

The 28-year-old entry fragger later indicated that the ban would span seven days, a typical length for streamers without numerous strikes against their channels. Dexerto contacted fer for comment but did not receive a response.

In his initial reaction, he said that his ban came as a surprise and didn’t have information on how long it would be until much later.

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Fer was given a length for his Twitch ban, but did not disclose a reason.

It’s unclear why he could have received the ban, but public perception points to his alleged use of an offensive term during a June 29 stream.

“I think it’s because he said ‘m*ngoloid’ on stream,” one user wrote, speculating on the likely cause of fer’s Twitch ban. “It’s similar to ‘r****ed’ but toned down a lot, and apparently Twitch has been banning for that. It doesn’t have anything to do with the racist comments.”

There are people who are split on the term’s purpose or potential xenophobic connotations, but something on the border of racism in his predicament could have landed the final blow from the ban-hammer.

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An incident earlier in June led to MiBR imposing a fine on him for comments the org found could be “interpreted as having racial tones.” Twitch did not take action on fer’s channel.

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Fer has received a seven-day ban from streaming on Twitch.

At the time, fer apologized for any sort of offense or meaning that could have been taken from his comments.

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“I apologize if I somehow gave an impression of racism in my stream,” he said of the comments that led to his fine. “Everyone who knows me knows that I have no prejudice and that I am open to any kind of opinions and debates.”

Now that his channel has been banned, people are waiting on an official reason from either Twitch or fer once he gets word from the streaming company.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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