Is BnTet CSGO's next international superstar? - Dexerto

Is BnTet CSGO’s next international superstar?

Published: 12/Mar/2020 12:49 Updated: 1/May/2020 15:11

by Kamil Malinowski


Asian teams have never quite risen to the top of Counter-Strike but that hasn’t stopped Hansel ‘BnTeT’ Ferdinand from being considered as one of the best in the world. 

BnTeT first shocked the scene with TYLOO in 2017, as the Chinese side stunned a number of teams throughout the year, with the relatively unknown Indonesian player dominating some of the best in the world. 

The player consistently put up solid performances and impressive ratings, even when his team completely bombed out of tournaments without even winning a map. This caused many to take notice of him, and he quickly became a fan favorite.

However, the team failed to find results and BnTeT was forced to take things into his own hands, not only dominating the server throughout 2018 and 2019 but also taking on the In-Gamer Leader role and leading his team.

Things changed completely for BnTeT at the end of 2019, as he joined the all-new Gen.G squad in December and has already won an event, taking home DreamHack Open Anaheim in Feb 2020.

The player once again impressed throughout the event and his future now looks incredibly bright.


BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


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
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.

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.