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Flashpoint signs WWE writer to make CSGO pros “theatrical” superstars

Published: 11/Mar/2020 7:03

by Andrew Amos

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Flashpoint’s goal from day one was to make CS:GO entertaining for all, and they are committing to that promise by hiring a former WWE writer to turn the league’s players into characters of themselves “cranked up to eleven.”

Everyone loves a good bit of trash talk in esports, however personalities can be pretty hard to come by. Some players prefer to hold their tongue, letting their gameplay do the talking instead.

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However, Flashpoint is going to turn some of CSGO’s best players into “theatrical” stars ⁠— at least, that’s what they’ve promised. How? They’ve hired a WWE writer to help train players to tap into their own personalities, and scale them up to 11.

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Flashpoint is wanting to turn CS:GO stars into recognizable personalities out of the server.

“We’re going to do some media training with the players, and we have a former WWE writer who’s going to be talking to the players and his job is to work with the players to develop their personalities in the same way that he literally worked with WWE wrestling,” said Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles

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The comments from Monte got a laugh out of Team Envy owner Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail and fellow Flashpoint caster Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, cracking jokes about how exaggerated the writing could get.

“So, is he gonna be like ⁠— s0m, this is the part where you grab a chair and crack over Nifty’s head,” laughed hastr0.

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There was good reason for skepticism in the Flashpoint camp off making the bold hiring, but Thorin stated that this move could be a game-changer for the league, which might not have the same level of player firepower as ESL Pro League.

“I was actually concerned when I heard we were bringing in a real WWE writer because obviously WWE does go a bit too silly sometimes and they have those weird things for kids,” he admitted.

“However one area that actually reassured me was that this guy said ‘the best wrestling characters are the ones that are the person just turned up to 11.’ They are cranked up to be theatrical, but they still have some elements of who that person is.

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“It’s not like when you make a fake wrestling character that’s really silly. He’s, for example, not going to make a super-quiet person like Daps the swag baller, he’s not going to do that. It’s going to be appropriate to the character of the person as well.”

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It’s all about entertaining the audience in a new way that esports hasn’t tapped into before, and making players more marketable than ever.

Given Flashpoint, on paper, doesn’t really boast the star power of Astralis or Natus Vincere, having players and personalities spectators want to watch is a must. Plus, one might hope the week-to-week trash talk between players might become a bit better too.

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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