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KioShiMa cites ‘player power’ in first statement since Cloud9 release

Published: 1/Apr/2019 14:55 Updated: 1/Apr/2019 15:23

by Matt Porter


Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey has spoken out after his release from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad, implying that the organization were not the driving force behind his shock departure, but rather “player power” was a deciding factor.

The Frenchman was part of Cloud9’s roster for just six months, joining the American organization as a stand in for the BLAST Pro Series event in Copenhagen back in November.

KioShiMa attended six LAN tournaments with Cloud9, reaching the final at the ELEAGUE Invitational and third at BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon, but his run with the organization is now finished.

ESLKioShiMa spent six months on Cloud9 CS:GO.

What did Cloud9 and kioShiMa say about his release?

In a statement on the Cloud9 website, kioShiMa stated that he appreciated “Cloud9 giving me the opportunity to play professional CS:GO again,” while Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said the organization was “grateful to have had kioShiMa with the team during this time. “

On Twitter though, the Frenchman appeared to place the decision on his teammates rather than the organization, writing: “For people wondering, the org doesn’t always agree with the players choices. It’s a tough position to be in when the players have too much power. This isn’t to cause any drama. It’s hard to blame one party when you don’t know which one is taking decisions.”

KioShiMa stated that he was revealing who made the decision as he sees a lot of frustration aimed at organizations and players, when it’s often unclear as to who made the choice as “every [organization] has different ways of managing their teams.”

What is the reaction to kioShiMa’s Cloud9 exit?

Many have expressed their surprise in the aftermath of the announcement. Caster Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill was one of the first to share his feelings about the move, revealing his shock by saying: “Hard to have forecasted kioShiMa no longer being a part of Cloud9.”

Cloud 9 fans were unhappy with the announcement, replying to the official announcement with hopes that it was an early April Fool’s joke, while others stated that they believed the change would end their hopes of qualifying for the StarLadder Major in August.

Some CS:GO fans on Twitter went as far as stating that the decision was one of the worst made by any organization, with questions regarding the regularity of Cloud9 roster moves also raised by Twitter users.

What’s next for Cloud9?

Cloud9 are already reported to be in talks with René “cajunb” Borg, who was recently removed from OpTic Gaming’s lineup amid a number of roster changes by the organization. It’s believed that cajunb will be part of the team that represents Cloud9 at BLAST Pro Series: Miami, although there has been no official word from the organization. 

As things stand, Cloud9 no longer have the majority of the lineup that competed at the IEM Katowice Major, meaning it’s likely that they will have to qualify for the Berlin major through the continental minor tournaments in the run-up to the event.


CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.