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Caster Moses explains why CSGO doesn’t have its own International

Published: 27/Nov/2019 1:22 Updated: 17/Jul/2020 9:19

by Andrew Amos


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive caster Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole has explained why CS:GO doesn’t have its own International-style event like Dota 2, citing differences in developer and player opinions.

Dota 2’s The International is one of the biggest esports events of the year. Every August, regardless of what games people play, millions of people turn their attention towards the crown of Dota 2 and its mega prize purse.

On the other hand, CS:GO trots along, with decently-sized prize pools every few weeks, but nothing major like The International.

While some consider this a blessing, there could have been a world where CS:GO had its own Invitational, according to caster Moses.

ValveCS:GO could have had its own The International, according to Moses.

On the Tasteless podcast with Starcraft 2 caster Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott, Moses explained that CS:GO players had the choice between the International, or a bevy of majors and smaller tournaments held across the year.

“I know we’ve had a couple of conversations with them, especially earlier on in Counter-Strike, about whether we wanted an International, and pretty much unanimously the pros and the people involved in CS esports said no,” he said. “Who knows, that could have been a mistake.”

CS:GO’s tournament format is split between multiple tournament organizers and regions, who try to not step on each other’s toes. With a bulky calendar throughout the year, teams are playing in events, big and small, from January to December.

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Not only that, but the developers in Valve have different takes on how they want to run their games, and their esports scenes.

“One of the philosophies [the pro community] has always been told [is that] devs between Dota and Counter-Strike want to take different approaches and see what does better,” he said.

“They do things pretty different [between Dota 2 and CS:GO]. Dota has way more devs, like three to four times the developers that Counter-Strike has, and that fluctuates as well.”

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CS:GO’s major system spreads the load across the year, rather than lumping the year’s hopes on one event.

While the Dota 2 system of esports revolves around one major event, thereby giving players more time off, the CS:GO system spreads the load across the year, and doesn’t punish teams as badly for failing to make the International.

At the end of the day though, both esports scenes want to be successful, and both have seemingly done that.

“So, we have different ecosystems, different people working on the games, and different philosophies on how to achieve a similar goal,” he said.

ValveThe International brings big riches to its winners, with TI9 champions OG netting $15,620,181 for their efforts.

Whether CS:GO esports would thrive under a Dota 2-esque model no one will really know, but the scene would look vastly different to how it does today. 

There’s a chance that Valve might look at changing the model in years down the line, but for now, most are content with the way Dota 2 and CS:GO run their respective esports, and things looked locked in place.


Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.