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ESL Clarify That a Hacker was Responsible for Insensitive Tweet About Madden Event Shooting

Published: 27/Aug/2018 16:34

by Calum Patterson


Electronic Sports League (ESL), has clarified that an insensitive tweet from one if their official accounts about the Jacksonville shooting at a Madden 19 tournament, was posted by a hacker.

ESL, one of the largest and most recognized esports tournament organizers, posted a Tweet from their main account sending condolences to those affected, but a response from the official ESL Counter-Strike account was much less compassionate.

The reply was quickly deleted, and ESL have since confirmed that based on the information they have, the account was hijacked by hacker, who posted the offensive tweet.

The tweet linked to a video, which played an audio file of the ‘monster kill’ sound effect, a quote popularized in first person shooter game Unreal Tournament.

ESL initially called it simply an “unauthorized use of the account.”


After investigation, ESL staff confirmed that it was a hack. VP of marketing at ESL, Kai Kienzle said that the Counter-Strike account was being locked down until they could discover the source.


Lead Event Marketing and Observer at ESL, Patricia von Halle, later posted more updates on the cause of the tweet, revealing that they could not be confirm fully that it was a ‘hijack’, but it was certainly not an authorized action.


It was then later confirmed that the login to the account was from an unrecognized device, and not in a location where any of the ‘internal social managers live’.


As aforementioned, ESL is one of the largest tournament organizers in the esports ecosystem, often hosting events with tens of thousands of spectators in attendance – a much larger scale than the small LAN hosting the Madden tournament.

Following the attack, there was calls from the esports community for increased and stricter security at events, to avoid such tragedies in the future.

Unfortunately, because the Madden tournament took place within a larger shopping and entertainment complex, the small restaurant/bar itself could not be wholly responsible for security.


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.