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ScreaM frustrated after realizing he can’t open CSGO Shattered Web cases

Published: 23/Nov/2019 18:20

by Scott Robertson

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CSGO star Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom was checking out the cases for new CSGO Operation Shattered Web, but expressed frustration after realizing he wasn’t allowed to open them at all.

ScreaM experienced the ultimate form of torture while streaming on November 19, having to window shop at in-game items he simple wasn’t allowed to acquire.

The Belgian CSGO legend, famous for his one-taps and stints with some of the best French teams in the game’s history, was in-between matches on FACEIT when he took a peek at some of the new skins offered in the Shattered Web cases.

ScreaM made clear that he wanted one of the new knives that have been made available in the latest Operation, but quickly realized that he wasn’t going to be able to get one by opening cases.

ScreaM currently lives in Belgium, where loot boxes of all kinds cannot be opened. This is due to a decision in 2018 by the Belgian Gaming Commission, when they declared that loot boxes were considered gambling. Belgian law does say that loot boxes can be opened when earned through gameplay, but cannot be purchased with real money.

Therefore the Belgian was faced with disappointment after seeing the in-game warning that opening cases was not permitted in his country.

While Counter-Strike players can earn loot boxes through playing, there is no way to actually open the boxes without using real money, thus making opening them unavailable in the country of Belgium. The same goes for players in the Netherlands.

Prior to the clip, several fans in ScreaM’s chat asked him to open some cases, so he navigated to the case in his inventory to show his viewers opening any is not allowed in his country. One of his teammates said that players in Belgium would need to get a VPN in order to accomplish that.

The Belgium Gaming Commission’s decision to remove paid-for loot boxes was met with varying degrees of resistance. Blizzard agreed to the BGC decision and removed lootboxes from its Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm games.

EA and 2K both tried to fight to defend the loot boxes that are critical to the Ultimate Team modes of their respective sports franchises, FIFA and NBA 2K. EA infamously referred to them as “surprise mechanics” and 2K even tried to get its player base to sign a petition to allow them in Belgium.

ScreaM has been streaming more and more as of late, after announcing at the end of September that despite being benched by Team GamerLegion, he is still eyeing a return to competitive play.

He did highlight how happy he was with the new character models added in the Shattered Web update though, which he is allowed access to.

It’s been a while since people have talked about his one taps though, so hopefully we see them again soon.

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Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo

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The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.