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Smooya’s Dad Posts Touching Statement Following BIG’s Incredible Run at ESL One Cologne

Published: 10/Jul/2018 15:16 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason


Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield’s father has posted a touching message to his son on Twitter after BIG’s impressive ESL One: Cologne 2018 performance.

Most parents would agree that seeing their child grow up to be happy and successful is the most  important thing to them, but that won’t stop them questioning and second guessing some of the decisions we make.

For an aspiring professional video game player, convincing members of the older generation that your dream of playing games in front of thousands of people is a legitimate one can often be difficult.

That doesn’t seem to be an issue for BIG Clan’s smooya, though, as his father has made it clear that he is incredibly proud and supportive of his son after his second place finish at ESL One: Cologne.

Nobody except the BIG players themselves seemed to have much confidence about the team’s chances heading into Cologne but they beat a host of high profile competition to reach the final where they eventually fell at the hands of Na’Vi.

Smooya, the team’s only British player, took to Twitter following the event to say it is hard not to be thrilled with the result but it is still disappointing to lose, but his father’s response made it clear that he is proud of him and the team.

The sky seems to be the limit for BIG after ESL One: Cologne but they will need to back up their performance at their next few events before they can be considered a true top five team.

As for smooya, he has been singled out as the next great hope for UK Counter-Strike and the chance to finally escape the “UKCS” memes that are rampant throughout the scene!


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.