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Pusha T and Logic acquire Chaos EC esports team

Published: 25/Aug/2020 21:54 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 16:22

by Alan Bernal

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The GG Group have acquired Chaos EC and Do Not Peek Entertainment, with an ownership board that now includes Pusha T, Logic, Upscale Vandal, Billy Levy, and more who will lead the esports org to address wider industry and cultural change.

In their open letter to the fans, the GG Group are looking to “organize chaos,” identifying the state of the world and how it will act to support causes that fight for social justice and solving racial disparities, particularly in the gaming community.

“As we expand Chaos’ non-competitive roster we are committing that a meaningful number of our new signees will be people from underrepresented communities,” President of the GG Group Ramon Gamble wrote in the open letter.

With the help of A-list talent from different industries, the company plans to “re-introduce” Chaos EC with a new identity that realigns with the announced initiatives.

“I’ve been a part of this ownership group close to two years now and since the beginning my main call to action was to focus on the lack of inclusion and diversity in the gaming industry,” Pusha T told Complex of the announcement. “Any business I’m a part of has to be proactive in using its resources and platform to support the fight against social injustice.”

While they’re aiming to include broader pushes to address issues in the world, the company outlined what it’s doing in 2020 to support grassroots organizations who are protesting against systemic racism, police brutality, as well as mass incarceration with focus in addressing the racial inequality in the justice system.

With “the world in a state of chaos,” the GG Group and its partners are going to use its platform to initiate meaningful change where it can.

“As a business owner and creative it’s imperative to use your platform and resources for the greater good,” Upscale Vandal said. “I know I speak for Pusha T and Logic when I say that before anything we have to lend a hand to organize Chaos not only figuratively but literally.”

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Chaos EC has been acquired by the GG Group.

GG Group raised a call to action for anyone with “high impact opportunities for us to serve and support with our resources and networks” and is committing to raising or developing at least one idea before the end of the year.

Pusha T has already been showing support for his new org’s CSGO team after Chaos EC’s 2-1 win over 100 Thieves in the ESL One Cologne NA online qualifiers. At the time, it looked like a far-removed diss to Drake, who is an investor for 100 Thieves and longtime musical rival.

While it could have still been a dig at the Canadian rapper, Pusha T’s connection to Chaos EC is much more apparent now as he, Logic, Upscale Vandal, and more plan to “support anyone organizing chaos to leave this world better than we found it.”

CS:GO

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

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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
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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.