Sources: CS:GO AWPer Smooya to try out with Denial Esports - Dexerto

Sources: CS:GO AWPer Smooya to try out with Denial Esports

Published: 1/Feb/2019 23:51 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 23:59

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


British AWPer Owen “smooya” Butterfield is slated to try out with players from the Denial organization, according to multiple sources close to the player and team.

It was announced today by BIG that smooya would be stepping down from their active roster, with Johannes “nex” Maget taking his spot.

In a twitlonger that smooya published, he didn’t go into detail about why he chose to step down but thanked the team for the experience.

At the end he explained, “My main focus would be wanting to move to America full time so I can really work on my craft and have 0 distractions outside of the game.” 

Smooya is still under contract with BIG, but sources tell Dexerto that BIG are motivated to move on and will let him go for a reasonable buyout price.

Smooya at ESL One Cologne 2018.

The South African players of Denial transitioned from the Bravado organization late last week, in a move that surprised many. Prior to the move, the team started a crowd-funding campaign named “Project Destiny.” 

The goal of the campaign was to allow the team to continue competing in North America, where they had played for about a year. Despite having an agreement with a sponsor to fund the remaining 40% of the campaign goal, the players chose to move on anyway. 

With the move, they parted ways with Dimitri “Detrony” Hadjipachali who chose not to take the offer from Denial.

Could we see this in the near future for smooya?

Denial currently hold a spot in ESEA Mountain Dew League and will look to retain that spot until next season, where they will attempt to qualify for Season 10 of ESL Pro League.


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.