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Esports Players and Industry Figures Attend International Olympic Committee’s Esports Forum

Published: 21/Jul/2018 1:47 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien


Various members of the esports industry are attending an “esports forum” hosted by the International Olympic Committee.

Representatives from both esports and traditional sports will gather at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss the rise of esports and its relationship to sports and, in particular, the Olympics.


The forum aims to “explore synergies, build joint understanding and set a platform for future engagement between the esports and gaming industries and the Olympic Movement”.

Attendees include players from a variety of esports titles, owners of esports organizations – both the endemic, such as G2 Esports’ Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez and those that came to the industry from traditional sports, such as Echo Fox’s Rick Fox – and representatives of major platforms and developers like Twitch, Blizzard, and Riot Games.


The forum looks to discuss a variety of esports topics, from best practices for organizations to media and broadcasting. Roundtable discussions will also look at esports from the perspective of investors and players, the latter involving a variety of Olympic athletes and esports players discussing their views on “what defines an athlete, the training routines of traditional athletes and esports players, what challenges athletes and players face, how they view health and wellness, and more.”

The forum is taking place on Saturday July 21, and will be streamed on the IOC Media YouTube channel. A full schedule of events and the people involved in each panel or discussion can be found here.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.