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CSGO veteran steel quitting to become full-time Valorant streamer

Published: 31/Aug/2020 21:38 Updated: 1/Sep/2020 0:34

by Bill Cooney

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Longtime CSGO pro Joshua “steel” Nissan will be retiring from CS:GO to pursue a career in professional Valorant.

Update 8/31:

Chaos Esports has officially parted ways with steel via Twitter, who they say is stepping away from professional CS:GO to stream Valorant full time.

“Coming off of our recent success, Josh “steel” Nissan will be transitioning to streaming full-time as a content creator focused on Valorant within the organization,” Chaos wrote. “In his time with us Josh has helped build something special with our CS:GO roster, and we want to honor his wishes to let him take time to figure out what is next for him in his competitive career.”

The org promised fans they would have an announcement on September 1 regarding his replacement on the team. There was some speculation about where steel could be headed to play Valorant professionally, but it seems he’s sticking with Chaos for the time being.

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Steel has been active as a pro player since 2009, playing for teams like Dignitas, Ghost, and Chaos – his current home at the time of writing this article.

In 2015, he received a ban from Valve-sponsored events for his involvement in the North American match-fixing scandal, along with his teammates on iBuyPower at the time.

According to Jarek “Dekay” Lewis of DBLTAP “multiple sources with knowledge of his decision” have confirmed that steel is set to retire from professional CS:GO and Chaos to go pro in Valorant.

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Reports claim steel will be retiring from CS:GO, but didn’t say exactly when.

The report goes on to claim that Mexican pro Edgar “MarKE” Maldonado will be brought in to take steel’s place on Chaos once he retires, but doesn’t specify when we could see the move take place.

Steel joined Chaos in November 2019, after returning to CS:GO in 2017 after he was unbanned from ESL events following the fallout from the match-fixing scandal.

The British-Canadian has led Chaos some pretty decent results recently, helping them to a semifinals berth in ESL One: Cologne North America, and a first-place finish in Season 34 of ESEA Premier North America earlier in 2020.

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It remains to be seen where steel will find a home in the pro Valorant scene.

Besides not knowing the exact details on when steel could be making his departure, we also don’t know which team’s roster he’ll be joining. Possible candidates could be 100 Thieves, who don’t have a full roster yet, or Dignitas, who have an open fifth spot and were one of steel’s past orgs in CS:GO.

In any case, the veteran has certainly been playing more Valorant on his Twitch stream than CS:GO as of late. Whether the reports will pan out remains to be seen, but there seems like a good chance steel could be joining a good number of his fellow pros in making the jump to Riot’s hot new FPS.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

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

by Adam Fitch

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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.