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ESEA Bans Two MTN DEW CSGO League Players for Match Fixing

Published: 24/Aug/2018 15:15 Updated: 24/Aug/2018 16:44

by Matt Porter


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players Loic ‘effys’ Sauvageau and Victor “cardiac” Kwan, who compete in ESEA’s MTN Dew League,  have both received one year bans for violating ESEA’s gambling laws.

Alongside Sauvageau and Kwan, caster Roy “Stronglegs” Andul-Ahad was also found in violation of the gambling regulations, has had his account banned for a year, and has been removed from his casting position for the league.

The players, cardiac and effys, had been representing Really Old People in the 28th season of the MDL, were found to have been using family members to place bets on games that they were playing.

During an ESEA investigation, it was found that while a family member, or possibly Sauvageau himself would place a wager, the same bet would be placed by Kwan, or a relative of his.

Victor ‘cardiac’ Kwan has been banned from ESEA competition for one year.

In the statement, ESEA also confirmed that caster Andul-Ahad had, on multiple occasions, placed the same bet as Sauvageau’s family member, including one match that Really Old People went on to lose.

Really Old People, who narrowly avoided relegation from the MDL this season, have been removed from the league entirely, although no current evidence suggests their teammates were involved, and none of them have been banned as a result. Their spot will be made available to teams competing in the MDL Relegation Tournament in September.

Stronglegs has taken to Twitter to apologize for this actions, stating the incident was a “giant misunderstanding” that he hopes is cleared up soon.

ESEA have referred the case to the Esports Integrity Coalition, and have confirmed they would be open to altering the ban length based on their recommendation. You can read ESEA’s statement in full here.


FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40

by Alan Bernal


FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.

FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.

KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.

GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.

If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.

The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.

In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.

Michal Konkol via Riot Games
The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.

The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.

“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.

The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.