Daps steps down from Gen.G CS:GO roster and fuels Valorant rumors - Dexerto

Daps steps down from Gen.G CS:GO roster and fuels Valorant rumors

Published: 12/Sep/2020 1:00

by Theo Salaun


Prominent CS:GO veteran, Damian ‘daps’ Steele, has officially resigned from his role with Gen.G Esports, prompting massive speculation that the reputable pro could be transitioning to Valorant.

Steele has been an active player in the Counter-Strike scene since 2012 and has been an in-game leader across every team he’s played for, most notably including rosters like Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming, and NRG Esports. 

After a three year stint with NRG, Steele transitioned from time with Cloud9 to around a year playing with Gen.G Esports, who found success led by the Canadian veteran, but ultimately failed to crack the competitive game’s upper echelon. Following some middling performances, in which Gen.G went lost four of their last five matches, daps has decided to step down from the active roster.


While the team thanked daps for his leadership and role in helping them achieve their “first LAN victory in Anaheim,” the veteran took to Twitter to explain his thinking and subsequent intentions more elaborately.

Generally, he explained that the move should be mutually beneficial as he has grown burnt out by the rigors of competitive Counter-Strike and that a departure from competition had been on his mind for months.


Among his reasons, he mentioned that there were “some in- and out-of-game changes” that he would have liked to be implemented over the past six months, and that factors like relentless scheduling in the online era of CS:GO were hard on his mental state. (Unsurprisingly, these are issues cited by other members of the CS community, like Moses and HenryG.)

What should be of biggest interest to fans is daps’ intentions now that he is leaving Gen.G. In his post, he explains his thoughts on the future: “I still love CS and would ideally like to IGL a team I feel is the right fit for me, but if moving on as a player or leaving CS is the route I have to take, then I will cross that bridge when I know more.”


Although daps asserts that he would like to continue in CS and that he will continue playing for Gen.G until they find a replacement, Valorant fans and pros alike have focused on his remark that “leaving CS” is a possibility.

Like Nicholas ‘nitr0’ Cannella, numerous CS veterans have made the transition to Valorant and found success. In replies to daps’ tweet, Team SoloMid’s Yassine ‘Subroza’ Taoufik suggested that he would like his team to reach out about daps’ availability.

Should the veteran Counter-Strike IGL decide to switch over, there ought to be plenty of opportunity. Rosters like T1 and 100 Thieves both have immediate vacancies and, as proved by recent flurries in player movement, spots could quickly open up on teams like TSM as well.


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.