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Former Denial Esports CEO breaks silence following change of ownership

Published: 4/Jan/2019 2:26 Updated: 4/Jan/2019 2:40

by Alan Bernal


Former Denial Esports CEO Robby Ringnalda broke his long silence over the controversial management of the team in 2017 that led the organization to ultimately fall in shambles.

Ringnalda was the center of a lot of attention during the midst of complaints revolving around player grievances, lack of communication regarding payments and mismanagement across multiple teams across the esports space, but has now offered final words on the matter.

Ringnalda gave what seems to be his final address on Denial Esports now that CEO of MoneyMatches Zach Smith and Patrick ‘BlackBeardAP’ E. Smith Sr. have paid out the debts of previous management and taken over the team.

The former CEO was emphatic in his apology about the misgivings surrounding his tenure as the head of Denial Esports and will look to be a silent supporter from here on.

“Made a lot of mistakes leading up to 2017,” Ringnalda said. “I’m sorry to anyone that I negatively affected with my mismanagement. [Smith] has righted all of my wrongs and is turning the Denial brand into what it once was in exchange for my ownership share. Now time to be a fan.”

At the time of the controversy Denial Esports touted extremely competitive teams in numerous titles, but lack of proper direction saw an end to a once thriving brand.

Smith even responded to Ringnalda’s comment, empathizing with the former CEO and wishes the esports community to take a similar stance to the ousted executive.

In the months since Smith’s involvement with the organization, he and BlackBeardAp have worked to not only rectify the mistakes of the previous ownership but create a “positive vibe” atmosphere around every facet of the team.

Early public reaction to Ringnalda’s apology is that of understanding to the former CEO’s mistakes, as well as echo the kind of positivity that the new ownership is keen on promoting.


Valorant First Strike EU Finals – SUMN & FPX through to semis

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:58

by Andrew Amos


Valorant First Strike Global Finals are underway with eight European teams competing to win the esport’s biggest tournament yet. We’ll keep you updated with all the action as it happens right here.

  • Semi-finals to start at 4:30PM (CET) on Saturday
  • Heretics play G2 in first semi-final
  • SUMN to face FunPlus Phoenix in second match

Valorant First Strike Europe: Stream

The $100,000 First Strike Europe Regional Finals are being broadcast live on the official Valorant EU Esports channel, as well as on the Valorant Twitch channel.

All the fixture details you need are below, so you won’t miss a match.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Schedule & results

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Heretics vs G2 Esports 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8:30AM 10:30PM 3:30PM 4:30PM

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Team Liquid 1-2 Team Heretics 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30PM
G2 Esports 2-0 Orgless 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

Liquid exit early, G2 through to semis

Liquid suffered a shock exit to Team Heretics in a thrilling three-map quarter-final. A dominant performance by Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran as Sage helped secure Heretics a Double OT win to close out the series.

Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas led G2 to a swift 2-0 win, despite a rocky start on the opening map. A series K/D/A of 39/31/7 for the Spaniard with Raze proved too hot to handle for the Orgless lineup.

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals SUMN FC 2-0 Purple Cobras 8:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM 4:30AM
FPX 2-0 nolpenki 11AM 1PM 6PM 7PM

SUMN knocks out Cobras, FPX cement their position

Day 2 seemed to separate the wheat from the chaff for First Strike Europe, with both SUMN and FunPlus Phoenix advancing with easy 2-0 wins.

Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasiow led FPX in their win over nolpenki, and seemed to make a great case for himself as one of the smartest, most calculating players we’ve seen so far in First Strike.

Valorant First Strike Europe: Teams & players

The big three of European Valorant have all made it. According to our First Strike predictions, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, and FunPlus Phoenix are among the favorites to take the title. Below are the teams taking part.

Team Players
G2 Esports mixwell, paTiTek, pyth, ardiis, Davidp
FunPlus Phoenix ANGE1, Shao, ShadoW, Meddo, Zyppan
Team Liquid ec1s, soulcas, Kryptix, L1NK, ScreaM
Nolpenki vakk, xajdish, cNed, JESMUND, zeek
Team Heretics loWel, pAura, nukkye, niesoW, AvovA
SUMN FC Boaster, doma, Mistic, Moe40, tsack
Purple Cobras fanCy, Hugstar, M4CHINA, VlaDéDé, Honeybee
OrglessV pipson, Happy, Boo, delezyh, hoody

Valorant First Strike Europe: Final Placements

  Team Players
1st TBD $40,000
2nd TBD $20,000
3rd-4th TBD $10,000
5th-8th nolpenki $5,000
Purple Cobras
Team Liquid