DeKay’s Sources: Team Singularity asking $60,000 for hydrex and Shakezullah - Dexerto

DeKay’s Sources: Team Singularity asking $60,000 for hydrex and Shakezullah

Published: 11/Sep/2019 12:29 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 20:55

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


Danish Counter-Strike organization Team Singularity are requesting a $60,000 USD transfer fee for Cameron “hydrex” Kern and Alan “Shakezullah” Hardeman, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Instead of a traditional buyout figure, the players’ contracts feature a transfer clause that allows the organization to choose the transfer fee based on “value provided to the organization and player rating,” according to one source. 

Multiple sources have explained to Dexerto that the players have less than three months remaining on their contracts that feature a salary of $1,000 USD per month. The $60,000 buyout being sought by Singularity is for both of the players as a package, not individually. 

StarLadderShakezulla joined Singularity following a trial period.

Those same sources explained that former Team Singularity players Joshua “oSee” Ohm and Ricky “floppy” Kemery were transferred to ATK for $20,000 USD total.

Dexerto reported earlier in the week that the other member of Team Singularity, Ryan “ryann” Welsh has been in discussions with Team Envy about joining their active roster. 

Since that report, multiple sources have explained that talks are ongoing and will likely result in a transfer. Should a transfer occur, Envy will pay no more than $20,000 USD for him, according to the same sources.

StarLadderSingularity failed to qualify for the Berlin Major, after two losses to Sharks Esports.

The Team Singularity lineup narrowly missed qualifying for ESL Pro League Season 10 with a loss against Lazarus Esports and ATK in relegation.

Singularity holds a slot in ESEA Season 32 as well as FACEIT’s ECS Season 8. 

Team Singularity CSGO roster

  • Cameron ‘hydrex‘ Kern
  • Alan ‘Shakezulla‘ Hardeman
  • Ryan ‘ryann‘ Welsh
    • Jared ‘MAC-1‘ Schneider (Coach)

Update 9/11/2019 1:55 PM Pacific: Singularity’s owner Atle Stehouwer responded to Dexerto’s request for comment and said the following:

“We’ve tried to be completely transparent with the organization interested in the two players focused in the article and in light of this report I’d like to clear this matter up as I’ve nothing to hide from everyone else. So just to correct numbers so we don’t waste each others time, the players have a salary of 1000€ + a support towards food budget as they’ve been living together the past season (not living together anymore). In terms of contract length then the players are contracted for the rest of the year = +3 months.

And here’s how the pricetag was valued:

  • Hydrex: $17.500
  • Shakezullah: $12.500
  • MDL: $12.500
  • ECS: $17.500 (since it’s not possible to transfer this spot to another org, this was taken out of the equation)

Taking everything into consideration I believe this is more than fair pricing since we would also have to start completely from scratch again.

Our player buyouts are based on our investment in the player over the period he’s been developing under our banner.

It seems that the value of developing players/talents and investments in teams is not something all organization have in mind when they sit down at the negotiating table.”


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.