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H3CZ explains what’s wrong with CSGO esports and how it can be improved

Published: 27/Sep/2019 1:42 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 5:14

by Brad Norton

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The CS:GO scene.

One of the most prominent members in the rich history of OpTic Gaming, H3CZ recently parted ways with the organization to Call of Duty franchise in the process

With a litany of experience in the Counter-Strike scene as well, his opinion on the esport as a whole bears a great deal of weight, and he holds some strong arguments on how to vastly improve the competitive structure of the Valve Corporation title.

In a September 26 episode his ‘The Eavesdrop Podcast’, H3CZ sat down with Scott Smith, otherwise known as Sir Scoots, the former COO at Evil Geniuses

As veterans of the esports industry, the conversation covered numerous fascinating topics but a central discussion revolved around the current state of competitive CSGO.

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To preface his argument, H3CZ started by saying that “the problem with Counter-Strike right now is the amount of f*cking games.”

With 24 S-Tier competitions run throughout 2018 alone, he believes that “it’s difficult and tough for the players. Weekend after weekend after weekend. What kind of lifestyle is that for a player?”

Throwing the question to his guest on the podcast, Sir Scoots stated that players need to “have agency over where they go. They have started to naturally figure out that look, if we go to every frickin event, we’re not gonna win any of them.”

Highlighting Astralis as a “prime example,” he explained how they “started skipping events” and “they started winning the events they showed up to.” Most recently Astralis made history with their win at the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major.

Valve Corporation - Counter-StrikeAstralis back on top of the food chain.

With too many tournament organizers hosting events in the scene according to the two veterans, the conversation drifted to the potential for a franchise-based system no different to the Overwatch League or the upcoming Call of Duty league.

“I don’t think we’re ever gonna get a 24 team franchise model and that’s the only teams in Counter-Strike,” Sir Scoots claims. “I don’t think Valve would ever close the door like a Overwatch but you never know.”

Hecz counters, stating that “I think in the Valve situation, it would make perfect sense because then you can really have the storylines throughout a season. You already have the best spectator esport, all you need is to plan out when and how often not to play.”

The discussion begins at the 51:40 mark for mobile users

However, while H3CZ and SirScoots are pondering ways to improve CSGO esports, the scene is currently in the midst of a very busy period.

Numerous top teams are currently battling it out at the ESL One New York 2019 tournament for a share of the $200,000 prize pool, while prominent esports org Evil Geniuses just announced their re-entry into competitive CS:GO by acquiring the NRG roster. 

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd. 

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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.

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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.

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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.