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Multiple top CSGO teams face deadline to resolve conflicts of interest

Published: 8/Jun/2020 20:08 Updated: 8/Jun/2020 21:41

by Alan Bernal


Valve has given Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams, including Ninjas in Pyjamas, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, MiBR, FaZe Clan, and more, a deadline to resolve conflicts of interests, according to an email acquired by HLTV.

The information outlined three separate instances of players or coaches having some form of stake in a competing organization. The CSGO developer is cracking down on those that skirt party lines, giving them until the next Major in November to absolve the issues.

One of the most reaching cases involves the Brazilian org ‘YeaH Gaming.’ The ownership comprises Ricardo ‘dead’ Sinigaglia and Epitacio ‘TACO’ de Melo, both of whom are under MiBR.

Former MiBR pillar Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, who is now a part of FaZe Clan, is also a part of Yeah’s ownership collective. Meanwhile, coach Wilton ‘zews’ Prado of Evil Geniuses is one of YeaH’s former CS: Source players and a founding member of the club.

In 2018, zews, dead, coldzera, TACO, Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo (MiBR), and Alessandro ‘Apoka’ Marcucci (BOOM Esports) revamped YeaH. In September of that year, Fallen told GC Media’s Lucas Spricigo that he was no longer associated with YeaH Esports.

Evil Geniuses
Zews was a founding member of YeaH before dead, FalleN, coldzera, TACO, and Apoka helped reform it in 2018.

Those still involved with YeaH are no longer decision-makers of the org. But there is an agreement between them and MiBR’s parent company, Immortals Gaming Club (IGC), according to HLTV.

IGC reportedly has a fixed annual fee they give to YeaH in exchange for the ability to outright buy two of their players per calendar year at a set price.

There’s also apparently an issue with Dignitas’s Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund having a stake in NiP, the world’s 12th ranked team.

Though GeT_RiGhT has since moved on to Dignitas, Valve wants him to cut ties with past teams.

Meanwhile, Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development at IGC, Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen, has a minority share in ENCE which Valve wants to be resolved before their next premier tourney.

The company has been targeting, at least in theory, conflicts of interest in its competitive landscape for years. Valve is now taking active steps in reinforcing these guidelines to combat partnerships they see as “a threat to the integrity of the Majors.”

The next Major will be on November 9 when the ESL One: Rio Major 2020 officially begins. Valve wants to see these conflicts ironed out if the teams want to participate in the $2 million event.


CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.

After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.

Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.

Nivera on his role within Vitality

Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.

While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:

“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”

With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.

Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament

The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.

“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
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Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.

Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.

“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.

Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM

After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.

“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.