DeKay’s Sources: Vitality and ENCE at odds with OG over benched CSGO players - Dexerto
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DeKay’s Sources: Vitality and ENCE at odds with OG over benched CSGO players

Published: 8/Oct/2019 18:31 Updated: 8/Oct/2019 21:37

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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European Esports organizations Team Vitality and ENCE are at odds with OG over the transfer fee of their respective benched CS:GO players, according to multiple sources.

One source explained that OG have offered less than half of the amounts listed in both Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen and Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt contracts on several occasions. 

At this time, no official transfer for the two players has occurred as a result of this conflict.

To complicate matters even more, another source informed Dexerto that OG intimated a reduction in future salary would occur for each player if Team Vitality and ENCE were not willing to agree to the transfer fee repeatedly proposed by OG.

It is unclear at this moment if a similar situation is ongoing between OG and other organizations that possess players they are interested in.

When asked for comment, an OG spokesperson said: “The information presented, and that Dexerto was kind enough to share, is absolutely false and misleading.”

Dreamhack / 100 ThievesBoth NBK- and Aleksib were previously linked with 100 Thieves, who are trying to build a new CSGO roster themselves.

OG was first reported to be entering CS:GO last week by 1pv.fr, in which the report mentioned targets of Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn Vangså, Issa ‘ISSAA’ Murad, and Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen in addition to the aforementioned players of Aleksib and NBK-. 

The pairing of Aleksib and NBK- was first reported by Dexerto in a report that documented their discussions with the 100 Thieves organization.

THEHEXHAVENOG are known for their Dota 2 roster, which became the first-ever to win back-to-back Internationals in 2018 and 2019.

The OG organization was founded in late 2015 and is most known for its legendary Dota2 rosters that have won multiple Internationals and Majors. 

Their return, should agreements with Team Vitality and ENCE occur, would mark the second notable organization to join CS:GO in recent weeks. 

Evil Geniuses made their first entrance to the game with a surprise acquisition of NRG Esports late last month and was first reported by Dexerto.

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BLAST receive £1.7m investment to expand into international markets

Published: 20/Nov/2020 9:45 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 9:46

by Adam Fitch

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Tournament organizers BLAST have received £1.7m in investment to speed up their expansion into international markets.

BLAST are best known for hosting prominent events in Counter-Strike but, more recently, they have also produced competitions in Dota 2 and Valorant.

They will utilize the funding to accelerate their international expansion, further improve their production, and increase their staff in the United Kingdom.

The investment comes from Edge Investments, who are described as the “leading growth investor in the UK creative economy.”

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BLAST have undergone plenty of growth in 2020 so far, expanding into new titles for the first time.

Edge back companies that will impact the economy and mentor them to create “long-term success” and have identified esports as a promising industry after some research.

This development follows BLAST’s announcement on November 19, which saw them partner with the BBC to broadcast their next three Counter-Strike tournaments on digital platform iPlayer.

The events that fans will be able to watch through the BBC are the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown on November 24-29, the BLAST Premier Fall Final on December 8-13, and the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19-24.

“To have Edge Investments’ backing is testament to the impressive work BLAST has achieved so far this year and highlights the upward trajectory the esports industry is on right now despite a turbulent year for everyone,” said BLAST’s CEO Robbie Douek.

“We chose Edge for access to their specialist knowledge and network in content distribution, media promotion, and production, and we are delighted to have them on board as we enter what looks to be a pivotal year for us.”

BLAST raised £11m in investment in May 2020, securing capital to continue to grow and expand the brand despite the complicated global health situation. Since then, they expanded into Dota 2 with the BLAST Bounty Hunt as well as Valorant with the BLAST Twitch Invitational and BLAST Spike Nations events.