S1mple Shines and Random CS:GO Fan Jumps on Stage as StarSeries Season 5 Finals Conclude - Highlights and Finals Placements - Dexerto
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S1mple Shines and Random CS:GO Fan Jumps on Stage as StarSeries Season 5 Finals Conclude – Highlights and Finals Placements

Published: 4/Jun/2018 9:36 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Ross Deason

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Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s stunning form at the StarSeries i-League Season 5 Finals ended with him, his Natus Vincere teammates, and even a random fan, lifting the trophy in celebration.

S1mple’s form throughout the $300,000 event in Kiev was nothing short of stunning as he dominated some of the best teams on the planet and produced highlight reel play after highlight reel play.

Na’Vi came out on top of two grueling best of three series, against SK Gaming in the quarterfinals and Mousesports in the semifinals, to earn their spot in the Grand Final in front of a home crowd.

However, the team waiting for them in that Grand Final was an unexpected one as NRG managed to triumph over the likes of Team Liquid and North to produce their best ever result at an international event.

The North American team’s run was brought to an abrupt halt when they met Na’Vi in the final, though, as the more experienced team proved to be stronger in just about every facet of the game.

After a comfortable win on NRG’s map pick, Overpass, the Na’Vi players were clearly enjoying themselves and simply steamrolled the opposition on Mirage with apparent ease to close out the series 2-0 with map scores of 16-8 and 16-7.

After a comfortable win on NRG’s map pick, Overpass, the Na’Vi players were clearly enjoying themselves and simply steamrolled the opposition on Mirage with apparent ease to close out the series 2-0 with map scores of 16-8 and 16-7.

In the end, after a difficult week of competition, Na’Vi’s win seemed somewhat comfortable and anti-climactic.

However, when you consider how close many of their matches were in the earlier stages of the competition, it seems unlikely that they would have even made it to the final without s1mple’s +161 kill to death differential and 91.6 average damage per round.

The victory was a big one for Na’Vi nonetheless, especially considering their recent struggles, and it clearly meant so much to one fan that he had to jump up on the stage and help them lift the trophy!

While the clip of the fan celebrating with the team seems rather wholesome on the surface, it does once again bring to light the issue of security, or lack of it, at large esports events.

CS:GO pundits have been commenting on the problem for a number of years and pointed out that one day the excited fan could actually be something much more sinister.

The final results and winnings for the StarSeries i-League Season 5 Finals are as follows:

1. Natus Vincere – $125,000
2. NRG – $50,000
3-4. Mousesports – $25,000
3-4. North – $25,000
5-8. NiP – $10,000
5-8. AGO – $10,000
5-8. Liquid – $10,000
5-8. SK Gaming – $10,000
9-11. Renegades – $6,000
9-11. GODSENT – $6,000
9-11. AVANGAR – $6,000
12-14. TyLoo – $4,000
12-14. HellRaisers – $4,000
12-14. Virtus.pro – $4,000
15-16. Gambit – $2,500
15-16. VG.Flash – $2,500

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Gen.G to reward CSGO fans in new crypto partnership

Published: 22/Oct/2020 10:29 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch

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Multinational organization Gen.G Esports are set to reward their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans through a partnership with crypto startup Rally.

Having recently launched a cryptocurrency named Creator Coin, Rally will enable Gen.G Esports to launch their own coin for avid fans.

Named GG Strike Coin, the org will issue their own cryptocurrency that will be used to identify and then reward supporters of their CS:GO roster.

Earlier on October 22, it was reported that former 100 Thieves player Liazz was set to sign for the team after the org announced their exit from Counter-Strike.

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GG Strike Coin is Gen.G’s new cryptocurrency.

Gen.G will give fans access to private chats with coaches, players, and staff on Discord, and allow them to vote on key team decisions like jersey designs, team cheers, and emotes. Coin holders will also be able to buy exclusive merchandise through the system.

Gen.G isn’t the first esports team to launch a reward system based on cryptocurrencies, however. Spanish organization Team Heretics launched their own in August, following two-time TI victors OG, who did the same in March.

It’s a strange time for Gen.G in CS:GO as they only have three players officially signed following the departure of daps on September 17 and s0m on October 7 — they both now play for NRG, but in Riot Games’ Valorant.

“This means the fans are a part of it,” said Rally CEO’s Kevin Chou. “They own part of the brand. That’s a really important concept. I can pay to get merchandise. But I want to feel like I am a loyal fan and I get to participate in decisions.”

With this partnership, Gen.G will be hoping to increase their fan engagement by making them feel closer to the brand by aiding in the choices they make.