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Fnatic Partners with Esports Betting Website Rivalry.gg

Published: 15/Aug/2018 14:26 Updated: 16/Aug/2018 13:57

by Mike Kent

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One of the world’s biggest esports organizations has partnered up with esports-centric betting website, Rivalry.gg.

Launched in 2004, London-based Fnatic is home to some of the biggest esports teams in the world, fielding competitors on titles including League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2. 

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Rivalry was established in early 2018, with the goal of providing a safe betting environment for consumers away from the unregulated skin trading market that has dominated the esports eco-system.

Wouter Sleijffers, CEO, Fnatic said “We’re excited to have found a partner in Rivalry.gg, who are passionate about esports and competition as we are. Watching and following your favourite teams and players can be enjoyed in different ways and Rivarly.gg is adding to that experience. And for the eligible Fnatic fans it just provides another opportunity to benefit from our winning teams!”.

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This isn’t Rivalry’s first big sponsorship either, with a number of brand ambassadors in the competitive gaming space, including award-winning esports journalist, Richard Lewis.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with an esports pioneer like Fnatic, and look forward to working with Wouter and the team to elevate the experience of esports matches for fans.” commented Rivalry.gg Co-Founder, Kevin Wimer. 

“Esports continues to grow rapidly, and as such the demands of fans are changing. Rivalry.gg has been designed to adapt to this change by creating a platform that adds to the excitement of gameday, while doing so in a responsible and regulated fashion. Betting is here to stay, and at Rivalry our goal is to meet the demand with an incredible product while staying true to our roots and supporting the community along the way.”

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As part of the deal, the Rivalry logo will appear on Fnatic jerseys and on editorials across the Fnatic website.

The Rivalry sponsorship is the second Fnatic announcement of the week, after it was revealed they would be partnering up with Dream Team to work on training development.

Disclaimer: Rivalry.gg is Dexerto.com’s esports betting partner.

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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