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xQc’s so addicted to CSGO case openings that he’s doing it mid-round

Published: 16/Sep/2019 13:45 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 14:14

by Matt Porter

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Opening cases on CS:GO can be an exciting moment as you wait to see which skin you get, but Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is so addicted to them that he’s even opening them in the middle of rounds while his teammates are trying to win.

One of the many ways that players can get new skins for their weapons in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is by buying keys, and use them to open cases, which have a random camo inside for a specific weapon.

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Players can spend hundreds of dollars in search of specific cosmetic items, and one such player is popular Twitch streamer xQc, whose addiction is starting to affect the very matches he’s playing in!

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentxQc is playing CS:GO, and is obsessed with opening skins.

In just the second round of a matchmaking game on Overpass, xQc pushed past the toilet block located in the middle of the map, with a teammate offering to throw a flashbang at the ‘A’ bombsite so the former Overwatch pro could rush in while the enemy players were impaired.

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“Yes, hold on, flash them, flash them,” xQc shouted as he immediately ran to a corner and opened up his inventory. His teammate called out that the grenade had been thrown, but the Canadian was too busy buying a case, rubbing his hands together with anticipation as his panicked squadmates wondered what was going on.

“Come on, come on!” yelled the Canadian with glee, while his teammates queried: “What’s going on?” Once the streamer saw he wasn’t going to get anything super rare, he clicked tabbed back into the game, pushing into the site and planting the bomb for a round win.

The 23-year-old isn’t the only streamer to have a fondness for opening cases, with fellow Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek getting in on the act back in August.

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Unlike xQc, shroud claimed he was opening it “for luck,” and it certainly appeared to give him some, racking up three kills in quick succession, before defusing the explosive for the round win.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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