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Richard Lewis Is Confident That There Isn’t a Cheating Problem in Professional CS:GO Despite the Recent Norwegian Scandal

Published: 3/Jul/2018 15:49 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason

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Richard Lewis has released a video discussing the CS:GO cheating scandal that saw a handful of Norwegian players get exposed.

The scandal in question originally came to light when Christoffer ‘hEllberg’ Andersen exposed some of the players that had been on the Entelechy Gaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster with him.

It was revealed that Saidonz, iNTERP, zealot, and Zame had used cheats in numerous online competitions, like the King of Nordic cups, and even at BYOC LAN events-  using hardware cheats and other advanced methods of gaining an advantage.

Richard Lewis has now released a video on the subject where he states that methods like the ones the Norwegians used are not totally new. However, he does admit that some of it is more advanced than anything he has seen in the past.

Luckily, Lewis does not believe that such scandals are likely to be seen in the upper levels of professional CS:GO as the hardware components in tournament computers are strictly controlled by the organizers.

He also believes that it is much easier to get away with cheating at the lower levels of scene as players and teams are under much less scrutiny and surveillance. He closes by reassuring fans that there isn’t a cheating epidemic in pro CS and that people that do cheat will always be caught in the long run.

“Don’t worry too much about it guys, I don’t really think it’s gonna be a big problem out there. There is no wave of cheats at all levels – it’s just cheats are out there, people are gonna do it.

In the end, the moral of the story is: no matter how sophisticated your software, no matter how sophisticated your hardware, no matter how disciplined you are as a unit, you will get caught.”

CS:GO fans have been concerned about the possibility of professional players using cheats for many years and the infamous banning of Titan’s Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian in 2014 only served to fuel those fears.

There have been no scandals at the highest level since that time but some players, like Fnatic’s  Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, have been the subjects of a great deal of suspicion.

It is reassuring to know that a long serving community member like Richard Lewis is confident in the belief that top tier CS:GO is still a level playing field where skill, strategy, and teamwork are the determining factors.

His full video on the subject can be found below.

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How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule, results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 17:05 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 23:16

by Andrew Amos

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The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 brackets

Group A

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

Group B

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

Group C

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule & scores

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi 2 – 0 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses 1 – 2 OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final Na’Vi 0 – 2 OG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 NiP 2 – 0 Evil Geniuses 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final Na’Vi 2 – 1 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final OG 2 – 1 Na’Vi 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality 2 – 1 Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG 2 – 1 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final Vitality 2-0 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 Complexity 2-0 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final Complexity 0 – 2 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final Vitality 2 – 1 BIG 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm