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YouTuber sneaks into BLAST Pro Series Moscow by feigning ignorance

Published: 24/Sep/2019 1:02 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 1:35

by Alan Bernal

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YouTuber Simon Wilson was able to infiltrate BLAST Pro Series Moscow showing how easy it is to get into a top CSGO event.

Even though BLAST events bring some of the biggest productions and crazy pyrotechnics to Global Offensive tourneys, their events have previously come under scrutiny for various elements in regards to its format, stream decisions, and issues with past event tickets.

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As the tournament organizers prepare to launch their BLAST Premier global tournament series, they might want to look at tightening up security since it seemed way too easy for a random content creator to gain access to the worker’s entrance of their big event.

Simon Wilson YouTubeThe YouTuber managed to get a lot out of the CSGO event.

In a September 23 video called “Moscow, Russia with no money” Wilson gave himself the challenge of sneaking into a local esports tourney without raising alarms.

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“That is quite possibly the easiest thing I have ever sneaked into in my life,” Wilson said as he cleared the worker’s entrance with a few standard techniques: “be happy, smile, confidence and be loud.”

The ruse didn’t stop there.

From the inside of the Central Dynamo Stadium, he caught the opening commentary for a forZe/AVANGAR match, but he wasn’t satisfied with the high view he so happened to stumble on.

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Probing to see how far he could go, Wilson was eventually stopped at a security check-in.

(Timestamp at 9:04 for mobile viewers)

But the setback wasn’t anything a quickly fabricated story couldn’t solve: “Oh my god, he didn’t even want to deal with me in the end, so he just let me go.”

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Tagging along with random event staff he met on the way, the YouTuber eventually found himself in a press area where refreshments were being served.

After being “watered and fed very well” by the event, he finally made his way to the ground floor of the arena where he was able to catch all the action in the BLASTZONE, aka the best seats in the house.

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A ticket that close to the stage would cost a CSGO fan p.6.600, or about $103 USD, but Wilson was able to get there with a couple of smiles and handshakes.

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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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