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Richard Lewis gives a damning verdict on OpTic and Infinite’s recent layoffs

Published: 22/Oct/2018 19:14 Updated: 22/Oct/2018 19:29

by Mitch Reames

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Infinite Esports, the parent company of OpTic Gaming, has had a string of bad press in October, just one year after a major investment. 

Richard Lewis provided his insight into the recent Infinite issues, including layoffs and unethical negotiations, during a video that focused on OpTic India’s cheating troubles in a recent LAN event.

“Holy fucking shit has it been a real rough month for … Infinite Esports,” the video begins. “It’s another classic example of people from outside of esports thinking their supposed expertise will naturally translate across to esports.”

The company’s reason for the layoffs was that it “grew too fast,” and Lewis thinks that was obvious to people paying attention. 

“No shit, people on the outside looking in could have told you you were growing too fast and were throwing enough shit at a wall to see what would stick,” Lewis says in the video before moving into a more in-depth breakdown of the CS:GO player from OpTic India who was caught cheating.

By now most have heard of Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Kumawat, the player who got caught using PC hacks at a LAN tournament and was immediately released from OpTic’s Indian CS:GO team. 

Lewis dives into Forsaken’s past history in competitive CS:GO including a ban for account trading that was reduced from two years to six months.

Forsaken’s cheating was so brazen that he went as far as trying to block an admin and push him away when the admin came to investigate Forsaken’s PC.

As a result of his cheating, the entire OpTic India roster was released, even though OpTic denied that other members of the team were aware of his cheating.

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Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

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The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.