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What’s next for OpTic Gaming after disappointing performance at the IEM Katowice CS:GO EU Minor?

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:40 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 20:19

by Wyatt Donigan

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The IEM Katowice Major might still be a few weeks away, but the Minor has begun for the EU region and already some big names have been eliminated from the CS:GO tournament.

With plenty of talent present at the Minor, there was sure to plenty of close matches and surprising results from start to finish.

With that being said, however, OpTic Gaming came into the Minor with a ton of high expectations after adding Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali to their ranks just a couple of weeks ago.

Despite this new addition, they couldn’t manage to get much done during the group stage, suffering two fairly lopsided losses.

They opened up with a match against Team Vitality, but only managed eight rounds in the 16-8 loss that sent them directly to the Elimination Match of Group A.

Up against mousesports in that match, things didn’t improve much at all. Playing on Train and Nuke, OpTic lost 16-14 and 16-11, respectively, to end their hopes at making it to the Major.

StarLadderEven the recent addition of Refrezh wasn’t enough to give OpTic Gaming a chance to advance at the IEM Katowice EU Minor.

Now that their time in Katowice is over so soon, it’s quite likely that they will start looking towards the future to figure out what’s next.

While certainly nothing is confirmed just yet, all eyes will certainly be on the former in-game leader of FaZe Clan, Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen.

He’s currently playing with Team Envy for the Americas Minor on loan, but it was made very clear that his time with them would be temporary.

Could karrigan be the answer to OpTic Gaming’s struggles?

This, along with the fact that he’d already been benched by FaZe Clan, certainly gives credence to the possibility that he could be on his way to the Green Wall before long.

The entire CS:GO world will no doubt be on the lookout for any news on this front once the dust has settled after the Major.

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35 more CSGO players banned by esports watchdog ESIC for betting offences

Published: 22/Jan/2021 9:00 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 9:43

by Isaac McIntyre

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As many as three dozen more pro CSGO players have been handed competitive bans up to five years in length by the Esports Integrity Commission, following a joint ESIC and ESEA investigation uncovered multiple breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code in domestic Counter-Strike competitions.

The ESIC confirmed the 35 bans in an official statement on Jan. 22

The multitude of bans comes at the end of a near-two year process from the esports watchdog, who has been investigating match-fixing in Australia, America, and more recently several European competitions for the past 24 months.

In the report, ESIC confirmed that “a total of 35 individuals have been observed to be in breach of the Anti-Corruption Code administered by ESIC. This in addition to the initial six individuals previously sanctioned by ESIC on October 23, 2020.”

These betting breaches were reportedly conducted through Ladbrokes Australia’s gambling apps. The Sydney-based bookie assisted the ESIC investigation.

In some cases, the ESIC report continues, several of the now-banned players also participated in “collusive behavior,” sharing details of fixed games with third parties which would lead to them “placing identical bets.”

Two more Australian players ⁠— first banned in October last year ⁠— also had their competitive sanctions increased following the discovery of similar offenses.

All offending CSGO players have also been “referred to law enforcement.”

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More than three dozen CSGO players have been handed bans by the ESIC.

Full list of banned CSGO players

The lengthy list of banned Australian players come from a multitude of orgs, and include at least one code-hoping convert who has recently made the switch to Valorant.

Joel ‘PEARSS’ Kurta, who spent six months playing for Ground Zero in 2020, has been handed a 12-month ban starting January 22. It is unclear how this will affect his competitive career, however, as he swapped to Valorant team “WaterBottle.”

Ground Zero player, Andy ‘Noobster’ Zhang, also received a lengthy ban. The 24-year-old, who most recently was a stand-in for AVANT, was handed a three-year suspension.

The thirty-five banned CSGO players were in breach with Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code, as well as ESEA’s standing MDL tournament rules.

The longest ban was for Wilson ‘willyks’ Sugianto (60 months).

Banned duo Daryl ‘Mayker’ May (previously Ground Zero) and Akram ‘ADK’ Smida (previously Rooster) also had their sanctions amended. Smida’s ban has been increased to 24 months, while May is now set for four years on the sideline.

Banned players

  • Jeremy “motion” Lloyd (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Patrick “falcon” Romano De Sousa (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Johnathan “Del” Sackesen (Lese) ⁠— 12 months
  • Grayson “vax” Uppington (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Aidan “meta” Wiringi Jones (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kaito “minusthecoffee” Massey (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • Mason “msn” Trevaskis (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • John “jcg” Grima (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Isaac “prodigy” Dahlan (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Billy “beetee” Thomson (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kieren “Muzoona” Jackson-Clapper (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Matthew “zilla” Zdilar (Mako) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “roflko” Lytras (Vertex) ⁠— 12 months
  • Damon “damyo” Portelli (LAKERS) ⁠— 12 months
  • Jak “jtr” Robinson (Rooster 2) ⁠— 12 months
  • Daniel “rekonz” Mort (R!OT Gaming) ⁠— 12 months
  • Nicolas “lato” Gullotti (Skyfire) ⁠— 12 months
  • Marcus “mdk” Kyriazopoulos (really weird) ⁠— 12 months
  • Joel “pearss” Kurta (Waterbottle, Valorant) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “jamie” MacPhail (Downfall) ⁠— 12 months
  • Ioan (Ionica) “bowie” Tuleasca ⁠(Lese) — 12 months
  • Joshua “joshaaye” Wilson — 12 months
  • Ryan “kragz” Clarke ⁠(Incept) — 12 months
  • Roman “matr1kz” Santos (Forbidden) ⁠— 24 months
  • Cailan “caily” Lovegrove (Aftermind) ⁠— 24 months
  • Andy “Noobster” Zhang (Ground Zero) ⁠— 36 months
  • Jayden “foggers” Graham ⁠(Control) — 48 months
  • Sam “tham” Mitchell (Buckets) ⁠— 48 months
  • Mate “habbo hotel” Poduje (LAKERS) ⁠— 48 months
  • Samuel “samy” Jarvis (Caught off Guard) ⁠— 48 months
  • Daniel “deezy” Zhang (Aftermind) ⁠— 48 months
  • John “wots” Zhu (Forbidden) ⁠— 48 months
  • Matthew “jam” Castro (Overt) ⁠— 60 months
  • Alvin “Gravins” Changgra ⁠— 60 months
  • Wilson “willyks” Sugianto ⁠(Vertex) — 60 months

Amended bans

  • Akram “ADK” Smida (Rooster) ⁠— 24 months (from 12)
  • Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero) ⁠— 48 months (from 12)

ESIC has already issued all offending players with notice of charge, which details the offense, and available appeal mechanisms. All impacted parties are now eligible to appeal their Counter-Strike charges by emailing Kevin Carpenter, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel.

For a full breakdown of ESIC’s investigation, details of specific matches where the bug was used, and an explanation of the sanctions, read the full report here.

Seven Australian CSGO players have been issued sanctions after betting on MDL matches.
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A large amount of the ESIC bans came after Aussie CSGO players bet on MDL matches.

ESIC concluded their report with a message to the CSGO community:

“It is crucially important that professional players abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from,” the esports watchdog wrote, “in order to preserve the integrity of the esports landscape internationally and mitigate the potential for bad actors to take advantage of our sport.”