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Xyp9x offers solution to crowd noise issues after ESL Pro League drama

Published: 9/Dec/2019 15:05 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 15:24

by Jacob Hale


The crowd noise brewed up some controversy at the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 10 finals and Astralis star Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth has now spoken out about the issue.

During their semi-final matchup against mousesports, it appeared that the Odense crowd were offering the hometown stars of Astralis a little more support than is acceptable, cheering as Xyp9x peeked a corner and hinting that the enemy could be there.

Naturally, many took to social media to complain at this potential unfair advantage Astralis could have, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether they were actually benefitting from the crowd’s cheers. Whether they did or didn’t, mousesports powered through and went on to win the match (as well as the tournament) anyway.

mousesports went on to win the entire tournament, beating Fnatic 3-0 in the final.

While Dupreeh made a statement shortly after the fact, explaining how this is common on LAN and that “when the crowd goes excited every player in the server looks for flanks or uncleared positions,” Xyp9x has come out to explain his position, too.

In a Twitlonger, posted on December 8, he said that “there is a clear difference between (i) the crowd actually giving away a position or other sensitive information (e.g. shouting “A”) and (ii) the crowd getting loud and excited about a play that is about to happen, as was the case with this play.”

He then offers what he believes to be the one available solution.”Make soundproof booths. I’m talking about a properly soundproofed booth which eliminates undue outside sound interference.”

The Dane went on to explain that he knows why this isn’t always possible – be it operating costs to get soundproof booths built on stage at the arenas, or the fire and safety hazard it could potentially pose.

He also explained how speakers and sound systems in the arenas can often give away plays too, saying that the audio cues provided help LAN players know if someone has been hit by a grenade, for example.

Xyp9x goes on to confirm that discussions around this will be had. He said: “On the player side of things, we will be discussing this within the players association and afterward reach out to tournament organizers with a view to finding solutions.”

While soundproof booths aren’t a new idea, they haven’t been utilized very often in esports for exactly the reasons explained above.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from this development, and whether the player’s association and tournament organizers will be able to come to some form of agreement.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.