FaZe Banks explains why esports franchising won't work - Dexerto

FaZe Banks explains why esports franchising won’t work

Published: 27/Jun/2019 15:44 Updated: 24/Apr/2020 17:57

by Matt Porter


Call of Duty league will fail, while labelling esports in general as “mumbo-jumbo bullsh*t.”

Banks is co-owner of one of the most historic organizations in all of esports in FaZe Clan, with the organization seeing major success in games like CoD, CS:GO and Fortnite, although the YouTuber admitted that he sees himself more as a spiritual CEO than an active member of the organization’s management team.

While for many, esports is the pinnacle of gaming, it seems FaZe Banks doesn’t agree, making his feelings for the competitive aspect of video games clear during his appearance on the No Jumper podcast.

FaZe Banks, InstagramFaZe Banks is co-owner of the organization, but had some harsh words for esports.

While discussing FaZe Clan with No Jumper host Adam ‘Adam22’ Grandmaison and Mike Majlak from the Imapulsive podcast, Banks revealed that he views the organization as a lifestyle and culture brand, and that esports is just a tiny part of operations.

The 27-year-old also discussed franchising, and the rumored $30 million cost of a Call of Duty franchise, stating that he thinks that franchised leagues in general will go “nowhere.”

Banks stated: “They’re organizing leagues inside one singular game, and they’re making people pay fucking $30 million for a spot in the league. They’re trying to imitate what the NFL or NBA do, but why it will never work is because gaming is an umbrella thing.”

“You could be a gamer who only players League of Legends or Fortnite. Games pop off and then they fall off, so to spend on a league spot and look to get a return on a league spot in 10 years? You’re flushing money.”

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While Banks may not have a particularly good opinion of esports, he did reveal that the organization are raising $300 million in funding, with some of that likely earmarked for esports, perhaps with one eye on the Call of Duty league that Banks is so pessimistic about.

The league is scheduled to kick off in 2020, with teams currently submitting bids for to acquire the franchise spot for some of the United State’s biggest cities.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.