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Sean Gares explains why StarLadder Berlin Major has been “excellent” even with DMCA drama

Published: 2/Sep/2019 23:09 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:34

by Isaac McIntyre


Counter-Strike event amid public outcry over recent DMCA takedowns from the tournament organizers and associated streaming services.

StarLadder came under heavy fire in recent weeks after issuing DMCA takedowns to various Twitch streamers that resulted in their channels being flagged or banned.

Now former Cloud9 player turned desk analyst Gares has stepped in to explain why, despite the copyright strikes drama swirling around StarLadder’s first major, the tournament organizers have provided great equipment, interesting seeding formats, and more.

“If you’re one of the people still hating on this major, just realize StarLadder provided the best computers possible for players, used excellent seeding format, hired talent the community requested, hired a top tier observer mid-event, (and has) little to no delays,” he said.

That wasn’t all that Gares believed StarLadder had done right at the German-based premier event. “(They also) provided the most thrilling legends stage I can remember, had two best of threes per day for champion stage, had a ridiculous venue for the legends stage and even allowed fans to attend, (and) they have been here since day fucking one.”

There were many who disagreed with the stance, including CSGO streamer Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom, who was one of the content creators slapped with a DMCA notice for streaming the event via the GOTV version of the coverage found inside the game.

“Bruh. DMCA’d streamers without warning, had to hire an observer mid-tournament because they put themselves in a situation where they had to, hired all the best talent after trying to leave out the best talent from the major,” the Mythic star said.

Despite fl0m’s outrage, Gares was positive about StarLadder’s response to the recent dramas, and reminded those still angry at the Ukrainian-based organizers that they were “not the only TO to threaten such measures when it comes to majors.”

“Do you think StarLadder has access to shut down your stream? Why not partially blame Twitch? The issue is very complex. The DMCA thing is weird, and has so many variables that I don’t understand. We definitely need some clarification from Valve on that.”

StarLadderDespite controversies out-of-game, the StarLadder Berlin Major has been highly entertaining.

While the DMCA issues and other production problems have sparked outcries from the community, in-game the Berlin Major has been one of the most exciting in recent times.

G2 and mousesports were eliminated on the final day, while expected favorites Team Liquid barely scraped into the final eight. Astralis-CR4ZY also broke the major record for most rounds played with a hefty 60 on Dust II.

The quarter-finals of the StarLadder Berlin Major begin from 9.30am PT on Thursday, September 5. Keep up-to-date with all the action from the Mercedes-Benz Arena via our StarLadder Major hub.


Olofmeister set for FaZe CSGO return amid NiKo exit rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:10

by Marco Rizzo


Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer is set to make a surprise return to the active FaZe CSGO lineup, right in time for the Blast Premier Fall 2020 amid rumors that Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač is headed to G2.

According to a report from, olof will replace teammate Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač at the event as the latter prepares for a move away from FaZe Clan. It is unclear whether olofmeister will remain a part of the squad after the conclusion of the BLAST tournament. This will be the first official match that the Swede has played since he announced that he was stepping away from the game in May of 2020. 

The rumors of NiKo’s departure from FaZe have gained traction since September, with reports from HLTV and 1pv claiming the Bosnian star has agreed to join G2 and replace François ‘⁠AmaNEk’ Delaunay.  NiKo’s cousin, Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač, is also a member of the G2 roster and pair have always been linked with a move to team up at some point. 

Rumors were further fueled by a tweet from the mother of FaZe player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, after his team’s victory at IEM New York Europe. The tweet asked NiKo to “rethink some decisions” – possibly referencing his move to G2. 

Coldzera's mom asking NiKo on twitter to reconsider decisions
Screenshot via Twitter
Twitter’s automated translation read: “coldzera family asks you to rethink some decisions”

HLTV stated that the FaZe star and IGL was due to make his debut for the French-Balkan mix team during the Blast Premier Fall Series.

Reddit user BuKYSK posted a screenshot of a practice server, which seemingly shows a FaZe team practicing with olofmeister instead of NiKo, hinting at his departure from the organization. 

Olofmeisterstepped down from the starting roster in May 2020, citing a need to recover from fatigue. The announcement came after a series of disappointing tournament runs for the star-studded roster and especially for olof. 

NiKo playing for FaZe Clan at EPL Season 9 Finals
ESL:Helena Kristiansson
NiKo has been a part of FaZe clan since 2017 after joining from Mousesports

Assuming the move is confirmed, the match against BIG will be olof’s first professional match in six months. 

Despite claiming a victory at the European side of IEM New York, this iteration of FaZe has constantly failed to match the expectations set after the addition of coldzera.

Since the departure of Finn ‘⁠karrigan’ Andersen, the international superteam has not fielded a dedicated IGL, with NiKo attempting to shoulder the burdens of being the captain and star player. With none of the current FaZe players or olof being natural in-game leaders, the leadership question will continue to be the most pressing issue for the team if NiKo departs.  

FaZe Clan BLAST Fall Primer 2020 roster

Below is the reported FaZe Clan lineup for the BLAST event:

    • Håvard ‘⁠rain⁠’ Nygaard
    • Marcelo “’coldzera⁠’ David
    • Latvia Helvijs ‘⁠broky’ Saukants
    • Markus ‘⁠Kjaerbye⁠’ Kjærbye
    • Olof ‘⁠olofmeister⁠’ Kajbjer
    • Janko ‘YNk⁠’ Paunović (coach)