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Stewie2k hits out at “shady” CSGO match fixers amid MDL investigation

Published: 5/Sep/2020 13:34

by Daniel Cleary

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Team Liquid star Jake ‘Stewie’ Yip has hit out at CS:GO match-fixers following an ESIC investigation into teams competing in the Mountain Dew League.

Outside of the major pro leagues, the Mountain Dew League or ‘MDL’ has been one of the top places for tier 2 Counter-Strike teams to compete against each other and qualify for events throughout the year.

However, it seems as if some teams in the MDL league are now under investigation following suspicious betting activity which suggested that match-fixing may have occurred.

ESIC investigating MDL teams for match-fixing

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) announced, on September 3, that they had been conducting an investigation, which was administered by ESEA, into the MDL teams following unusual bet alerts within the last eighteen months.

ESIC revealed that while they are still in the final stages of the investigation, they decided to provide CS:GO fans with a brief update after speculation began to spread on social media in recent weeks.

“ESIC is now in the concluding stages of its investigation and will issue a formal statement relating to the investigation within four weeks,” they added, in their September 3 update.

Stewie2k slams match-fixing in CSGO

Following the report, North American star Stewie2k hit out at any players who match fix and claimed they should be no longer be involved in competitive CS:GO.

“We saw the big regrets from iBP when they match fixed. They were set as an example to never do it again and got pushed away from competitive CS for it,” he explained, using the iBuyPower scandal as an example.

“People still match-fixing and thinking they’re sneaky since they aren’t tier 1,” he added, “get your shady ass outa here and keep the dirty [money].”

Stewie2k followed up by suggesting that players caught, following the IBuyPower case, shouldn’t deserve a second chance “in any game”, referencing social media speculation on CS pros who recently made the switch the Valorant.

However, as of now, it is unclear whether or not any players have been found guilty of match-fixing but ESIC is expected to share the final verdict around October 1.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.