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Decorated CS:GO commentator HenryG announces retirement from casting

Published: 4/Sep/2020 19:16

by Theo Salaun

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Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer, a veteran CS:GO commentator, has officially announced his retirement from casting after building a six-year resume filled with over 150 live events, including 10 majors and an “Esports Broadcaster of the Year” award.

In a somewhat somber, strikingly genuine announcement interview with DBLTAP, HenryG touches on why his retirement is coming so suddenly and what possibilities lie on his horizon. Essentially, his thoughts of stepping back from live commentary met their breaking point in recent weeks, as the hectic CS:GO schedule left him burnt out and interested in moving on.

 

“The older I get and as the years seem to flash by, I realize that the pace of the job is getting almost too much for me,” he said. “The quality level of commentating I could once always deliver is slowly slipping out of my grasp … The one real regret I will carry around for me for the rest of my days, due to this period in my life – is how distant and jaded I became due to the unfathomable workload and constant stress of being on camera almost every single day of my life.”

As HenryG explains in his interview, the relentless Counter-Strike event schedule (or as he calls it, “the never-ending traveling circus of CS:GO”) took its toll on him, and he found himself struggling to maintain both his work and his personal life. The recent switch to online play provided no solace, as he remarks that the unfortunate situation has “gutted” him of his chance to retire following an initial “road map.”

 

Members in the CS:GO community are all too familiar with the exhausting, frenetic schedule of events that, particularly in the online era, have allowed little to no time for breathing room. As mentioned by Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole in his Dexerto column, “our schedule in the professional scene for the past three, four years has been a clusterf**k. For all talent, players, and teams, we just have way too many tournaments and are stretching ourselves way too thin.”

Unsurprisingly, HenryG is one of the largest chips to fall, having been one of the scene’s most prominent casters and an inevitably stretched broadcasting commodity. 

On the bright side, this retirement comes on the tail-end of a massive legacy and allows him to prioritize both his personal relationships, mental wellbeing – and his next project, which he is describing as “a colossal one for the CS:GO community.” The announcement of said project will come on September 7, and fans are already eager to see what their refreshed, renowned caster, has been cooking up.

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

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal

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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.

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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.

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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.