Former OpTic CS:GO Player and Coach Hazed Provides Update on Missing Payment Situation - Dexerto

Former OpTic CS:GO Player and Coach Hazed Provides Update on Missing Payment Situation

Published: 14/May/2018 11:46 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by Ross Deason


James’ hazed’ Cobb, a former coach and stand-in for the OpTic Gaming CS:GO team, has provided an update on the lack of payment that he received from the organization.

Hazed joined OpTic as a coach in April of 2017 but soon found himself standing in for the team at various events like IEM Sydney and the ECS Season 3 Finals.


Unfortunately a breakdown in communication led to hazed revealing in February of 2018 that he had not received any prize money from the team for the events that he participated in – a revelation that caused quite the stir within the community.

OpTic Gaming’s management were quick to respond, stating that they would never intentionally fail to compensate a player for their services and that the situation would be dealt with promptly.


It seems that the people at OpTic were true to their word because on May 12th the veteran player took to Twitter to post an update, saying that he has now received money for all of the tournaments he attended with the team.

As hazed was only a trial coach and stand-in for OpTic Gaming during the time in question, the organization was not contractually obliged to pay him and he makes it clear that he is very grateful  for the way things were handled.

After the amount of flak that they received when the news first broke, OpTic Gaming staff are sure to be just as thankful that hazed posted the update and put the whole situation to bed.


Hazed attended a total of four offline events with OpTic Gaming, finishing 5th-8th at ESL One Cologne and the ECS Season 3 Finals, winning the CyberPower Spring Invitational, and placing 3rd – 4th at IEM Sydney.

With those results, the North American player is sure to have received a substantial payday once it arrived from OpTic Gaming.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.