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Belgian CS:GO event opening ceremony is so awkward nobody can believe it’s real

Published: 12/Apr/2019 15:51

by Matt Porter


The opening ceremony of the Charleroi Esports 2019 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament took place on Friday, April 12, and it quickly became one of the most awkward (but hilarious) esports moments in history. 

Like most esports events, an opening ceremony took place to signal the start of the competition, which is being held in Charleroi, Belgium.

Those in attendance at the RTL Spiroudome, and everyone watching at home were treated to a performance that will live long in their memory, as a number of issues with audio in the arena left fans in hysterics.

The opening ceremony quickly become incredibly awkward, but amazingly funny.

What was the hilariously awkward moment at the tournament?

To signal the start of the €100,000 CS:GO tournament, the event organizers invited DJ Charley and Marisa to perform as the finale of the opening ceremony.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as expected, with the performance marred by technical difficulties that left viewers on Twitch in hysterics.

Marisa walked onto the stage to perform their song Mister E Mysterio in front of a largely empty arena, but as she started to sing, the backing track could be heard stuttering, causing her to lose her place in the song.

After a couple of attempts to keep going, Marisa eventually gave up, stating there was a problem with her earphones before asking the DJ to stop the song. Hilariously, DJ Charley appeared to ignore her pleas to end the performance, continuing to dance and twiddle with the mixing deck unperturbed as she stormed off the stage.

The singer eventually returned and completed the performance, as Twitch chat continued to make fun of the mishap by posting lyrics from the song such as “FOLLOW FOLLOW” and “the performance was better before she came back.”

The pair managed to get through until the end of the performance when Marisa apologized, stating once again that there were issues with her headphones, although the problems with the audio could be heard by everyone watching the stream.

Dean Brown and Harvey ‘skriv’ Rodgers, who are doing the English commentary, stated that the performance that they had seen in rehearsals was very good, with skriv clearly at a loss for words to describe what he just watched, labeling the opening ceremony as “incredibly interesting.”

A number of well-known teams are in attendance at the event such as Vitality, G2 Esports, and, with the competition running throughout the weekend. 

The grand final is set to take place on Sunday, April 14.


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.