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CoD pro Clayster in hot water for mocking mobile esports

Published: 7/Dec/2018 22:38 Updated: 7/Dec/2018 23:20

by Alan Bernal

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It looks as though mobile esports still has a ways to go towards gaining legitimacy after eUnited’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks made some comments on the scene that drew ire from many in the community.

There’s no doubt that mobile esports has been growing substantially over the last couple of years, but the popularity still pales in comparison to that of other esports such as Call of Duty and League of Legends.

Clayster took to Twitter to express his opinions on the mobile esports scene in response to an ESPN article about an all women’s mobile esports team.

Akira KodakaMobile esports is showing growth across international tournaments.

The criticism wasn’t revolved around the gender of the team at all, but rather it was focused on the notion of a whole organization existing just to field a mobile esports team.

“A mobile squad? [I don’t care] if you’re male or female that’s hilarious hahahaha,” he said.

This drew immediate ire from fans on the social platform, making connections from the criticisms to Clayster’s current position.

“[I don’t know] how it’s that funny. There are clash players on teams bigger than the one [you’re] on right now,” a user said.

Others pointed that Clayster, a member of eUnited’s Call of Duty squad, and his team still “play on console,” insinuating that it wasn’t much better than mobile gaming.

The 26-year-old AR player recognized the early success of mobile gaming but maintained his criticisms at the idea.

“At ESWC there was a huge clash royale tournament,” he said. “I understand it and know there’s a huge scene, I just think it’s hilarious lol.”

After drawing tons of unwanted attention, Clayster offered a clarification that served as his final thoughts.

“Look, last thing I’ll say on the matter. Games that are made for mobile are fine by me, ports from other platforms are notoriously bad and clunky,” he said. “The setups at ESWC for CR were ridiculously extra, that’s where I was pointing out I found it funny, not the actual esport itself.”

While mobile esports will no doubt continue to grow in the coming weeks and months, it might take some time for others to view the scene in a more serious light.

Valorant

Guild Esports announces Valorant roster of former CSGO pros

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:59

by Daniel Cleary

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David Beckham’s Guild Esports has announced their entry into Valorant after confirming the signing of top European roster “Bonk,” which features former professional CS:GO players like draken, Yacine, and more.

After recently declaring a mysterious £3.6 million sponsorship deal, Guild Esports has announced their entry into the Valorant competitive scene on October 21, revealing the signing of a new European roster.

The London-based esports organization, backed by football star David Beckham, confirmed the signing of top-ranked Swedish roster “Bonk” as their first official Valorant line-up.

In their announcement, Guild said that the team was chosen following a “rigorous selection process” and revealed the “sought-after players”, which included some Valorant pros who first made a name for themselves in the Counter-Strike scene.

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Guild Esports has already fielded teams in Rocket League and FIFA.

“Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space.” Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman at Guild Esports, added, “Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases, and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games.”

The new lineup features players such as former Fnatic and NiP star William ‘draken’ Sundin, who was joined by fellow CS:GO pros, Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari, and Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin.

The CS:GO players were joined by two-time Paladins world champ, Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench, and 16-year-old talent Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson, to round out the Guild Esports’ inaugural Valorant roster.

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Guild Esports will be looking to compete at Riot’s upcoming First Strike regional tournament.

“Guild is an organisation with big ambition that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. I’ve always been an ambitious player and want to create a legacy that will last,” Yacine revealed in the announcement,” Our team has already proved itself at a top-level and now the goal is to become world champions.”

As they have been competing together prior to signing with Guild, the Swedish team has already proven that they are capable of success in the European circuit, with top two placements in the recent Ignition series and Mandatory Cup tournaments, only falling to G2 Esports in both events.

Now under the Guild Esports brand, this lineup will likely be gearing up for the first official tournament organized by Riot Games, First Strike, with the European qualifiers kicking off on November 9. You can see the full Guild Esports Valorant team below.

Guild Esports’ Valorant roster

  • William ‘draken’ Sundin
  • Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari
  • Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin
  • Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench
  • Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson