Valve Adds Conflict of Interest Rule Ahead of FACEIT London Major Which Could Affect Some High Profile Teams - Dexerto
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Valve Adds Conflict of Interest Rule Ahead of FACEIT London Major Which Could Affect Some High Profile Teams

Published: 14/May/2018 17:08 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by Ross Deason

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A new rule has been implemented for the FACEIT London CS:GO Major qualifiers which tackles the issue of teams and players conflicts of interest.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, like many others, has had conflict of interest concerns in recent years with organizations like ESL and WESA making the early moves to try to tackle them.

The most common conflicts of interest seem to involve management companies owning stakes or rights to various different different teams (think ESforce or RFRSH).

However, there have been situations where players hold shares in one company or team while playing for another one, or even individual investors holding small shares in multiple teams.

Clearly, this open up the possibility for collusion at the highest level of the game and Valve has now decided to introduce a new rule preventing any conflicts of interest at the FACEIT London Major or any of its qualifiers.

Very few people had actually noticed the change in ruling until Richard Lewis released a YouTube video discussing it on May 13th. Lewis made it clear that he believes the decision is a step in the right direction but pointed out that some prominent teams could be affected.

“Organizations that immediately come to mind are gonna be ESforce. You know, potential interests, well certainly  in Virtus.Pro and SK Gaming, and of course there’s this whole ‘Are they? Aren’t they?’ with Na’Vi.

Then you’ve got obviously RFRSH. Certainly with the European Minors there’s a chance that we might see RFRSH teams qualify. They still haven’t sold GODSENT, they still own Heroic, obviously they own Astralis. This could create this conflict of interest that may mean one of these teams has to drop out or they have to push through a super fast sale to such a degree that it satisfies Valve that there is no shared ownership or anything like that.”

Lewis explains that some of the concerns with the RFRSH owned teams is that they have often used “player owned” models which gave players small shares in their teams which they could potentially still own after having moved on to other teams.

He also points out that this is yet more evidence of a new shift in focus from Valve as they continue to increase their community interaction with the likes of John McDonald regularly taking to Twitter to answer questions on everything from Panorama UI to anticheat.

The full Richard Lewis video on the new ruling can be found below.

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GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett

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Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

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TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.