Controversy in KEEMSTAR's Friday Fortnite Tournament as Team Secret Banned For Comments on Social Media - Dexerto
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Controversy in KEEMSTAR’s Friday Fortnite Tournament as Team Secret Banned For Comments on Social Media

Published: 16/Jun/2018 3:50 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson

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YouTuber KEEMSTAR announced that esports organization Team Secret would be banned from association with his Friday Fortnite tournament after comments made by the team’s official Twitter account.

Team Secret have recruited a pro Fortnite roster, with two of their players taking part in the sixth running of KEEMSTAR and UMG Gaming’s tournament, but after the duo reached the grand finals, things turned sour.

It is worth noting that Team Secret’s duo representing them in the tournament includes the 13 year old player “Mongraal”, who, with his teammate “Domentos”, surprised the bracket to make it to the finals and eventually won the tournament and the $10,000 first place prize.

The team responded to a Tweet from KEEMSTAR congratulating the duo on reaching the final, but Keem judged their response to be disrespectful to the other participants and the ethos of the tournament itself.

Tweeting “best fortnite team in the world. real pros, not entertainers“, the comment was perhaps a light-hearted, but KEEMSTAR explained that it was disrespectful to the tournament and the ‘entertainers’ who made it the success it is.

Team Secret also wrote “best players > big names” in a second Tweet, and KEEMSTAR saw it appropriate that the organization would be banned from future association with Friday Fortnite.

Keem has since clarified that the players themselves are not banned, but simply the organization, stating: 

“The org is banned not the players.

The players can play under a different name idc. That org name will be nowhere in the event.”

And the majority of the community was behind KEEMSTAR’s decision, with FaZe Clan’s Ricky “Banks” Banks and OpTic Gaming owner Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez approving of the decision.

Some top Fortnite players and participants in the tournament were also vocal on Twitter, calling out Team Secret on their comments.

FaZe Clan player Cloak and streamer Dakotaz both sided with KEEMSTAR’s ruling, with Cloak even suggesting the team’s players were not as good as Team Secret were boasting.

Team Secret responded, explaining that their Tweet was only ‘trash talk’, and was not intended to be offensive.

KEEMSTAR later proposed an option for Team Secret, challenging the CEO and DOO of the organization to a duo Fortnite match against YouTuber’s RiceGum and MrBeast.

He followed up to confirm he was being serious, saying “No troll, welcome to gaming entertainment!”

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Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

TRAVIS SCOTT CACTUS JACK PLAYSTATION NIKE DUNKS
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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.