Clash Royale player caught cheating at major Red Bull LAN tournament - Dexerto

Clash Royale player caught cheating at major Red Bull LAN tournament

Published: 3/Feb/2019 18:32 Updated: 3/Feb/2019 19:03

by Calum Patterson


A professional Clash Royale player was caught cheating at the Red Bull MEO World Finals 2019 in Germany, accused of communicating with his manager by using earbuds during a playoff match.

French player Gregory ‘GregEmpire77’ Haloin was disqualified from the tournament, after Admins were alerted to possible cheating, and Haloin confessed to the accusation.


The Red Bull MEO World Finals in Germany, were the culmination of weeks of qualifiers, with 36 countries represented, competing in three mobile games – Clash Royale, Arena of Valor and Brawl Stars.

redbullesportsGregEmpire77 had Apple AirPods under his headset.

GregEmpire77 was the representative for France, playing for French mobile esports organization, Team 404.


In a playoff match vs German player Schwarzen, which GregEmpire77 lost 3-1, his manager apparently called him, and spoke for only two minutes, according to the player. In a statement to Dexerto, Haloin explains:

“My manager wanted to call me when I was playing so I answered, but it was difficult to play with him so I decided to stop. We were only in the call for 2 minutes and I lost the match. At the beginning he told me it was allowed and I trusted him.”

ESL posted a statement on Twitter, claiming that GregEmpire77 “gained insights into his opponent’s plays”.

In Clash Royale, if a player is able to receive information about their opponents elixir and card cycles, it is a major advantage.


It cannot be proven GregEmpire77 was receiving this kind of information of course, but suspicions were raised, prompting organizers ESL to disqualify the player.

We will keep this story updated as more information about the incident becomes available.


Overwatch League reportedly proposing major 2021 format changes to teams

Published: 14/Oct/2020 19:00

by Michael Gwilliam


A new report is claiming that the Overwatch League is proposing some massive changes to the 2021 season that would once again split teams into two regions and even add Contenders teams to tournaments in Asia.

According to sources who spoke with GGRecon, the league is considering moving the beginning of season 4 to April and would run until September.


The new changes would see the five Asian teams remain in their region, with New York and London returning to the West. However, to compensate, three teams from Contenders in Asia would be joining to participate in tournaments.

Sources allegedly told GGRecon that the three Contenders teams in the tournaments would be made up of one from Korea, one from China, and one wild card team.

Seoul Dynasty play online
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OWL teams traveled to Korea for Grand Finals weekend.

During Season 3, the league deviated from its traditional sports-inspired season format with the onset of the global health crisis and introduced monthly tournaments.

GGRecon reports that there would be three region-specific tournaments once again, with the exception of a mid-season tournament which would feature teams from both regions.

Additionally, and predictably, the season’s overall playoffs would also feature teams from both.

JJOnak speaks with Goldenboy
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LANs may not be possible with an audience in North America.

As for LANs, the sources claim the league intends to have LAN competition for the North American division without an audience. Things may change in Asia, however, where audiences may be allowed depending on how the global health issues develop.

Of course, a return to online play is always a possibility as the future is uncertain.

It should also be noted that these alleged format changes are still subject to change, as GGRecon’s source emphasized.

Moth leads the Shock in OWL Grand Finals
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The Shock became back-to-back OWL Champions.

The possible inclusion of Contenders teams into Asian tournaments should be one to watch out for. Franchise owners may not look too favorably at the possibility of Tier 2 talent beating their expensive rosters.

Nonetheless, it’s looking like some massive changes could be in the works for season 4, especially with that potential April season start with Overwatch 2 still in development.