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G2 and FaZe CSGO in talks over NiKo buyout: Report

Published: 18/Sep/2020 15:11

by Connor Bennett

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G2 and FaZe Clan have reportedly opened talks over a blockbuster deal for CS:GO superstar Niko ‘NiKo’ Kovac, with it potentially being finalized in the “coming weeks.”

After briefly scaling the CS:GO world rankings and achieving the coveted #1 spot for the first time in years, G2 have been looking to get back on top and assert themselves as the best around. 

Though they are currently in the Top 10, their results have been faltering with a string of recent losses to AGO, BIG, Ence, and Heroic in ESL Pro League. 

While some teams might consider a small tweak to get themselves out of a rut, it appears as if G2 are pushing all their chips to the middle of the table and going all-in on a chase FaZe Clan’s NiKo. 

G2 CSGO roster at BLAST
BLAST
G2’s roster conquered the CSGO world for a few weeks, but are aiming to return to winning ways.

According to a report from French CSGO insider NeLdirket and HLTV, G2 and FaZe have opened talks about a move that would see NiKo join his cousin Nemanja ’huNter-’ Kovač on G2’s roster. 

Signing NiKo, who has been with FaZe since joining from Mousesports back in 2017, would undoubtedly require a huge transfer fee – most likely, the biggest in Counter-Strike history to date.

Both sources note that if the deal does indeed go through, it would likely be François ‘AmaNEk⁠’ Delaunay on chopping block for G2, meaning that KennyS, Jackz, Nexa, and huNter- would all retain their spots.

NiKo and Hunter holding shirts
Twitter: FaZeNiko
The move would see the Kovac cousins finally join forces.

While the deal is seemingly not imminent, it could “be finalized in the coming weeks” according to the report, once both teams have made their way through a grueling slog of fixtures in Pro League, IEM New York 2020 Europe, and DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

There’s no telling what the deal would mean for FaZe’s roster, given that they recently acquired Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjaerbye and allowed Aurimas ‘Bymas⁠’ Pipiras to depart for Mousesports. 

If the deal goes through, both teams rosters would look like: 

G2

  • NiKo
  • KennyS
  • huNter-
  • Nexa
  • Jackz
  • Amanek (Bench)

FaZe

  • Coldzera
  • Rain
  • Kjaerbye
  • Broky
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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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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
BLAST
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.

Nubia
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.