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Nadeshot hints at which esport 100 Thieves are entering next

Published: 27/Sep/2019 22:34 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 23:03

by Albert Petrosyan


Popular North American esports organization 100 Thieves could soon be getting into the competitive scene of a new game, according to founder and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag. 

Over the past year-and-a-half, no esports organization has been on a faster rate of growth than 100 Thieves, which has been turned from a project into a full-scale business operation.

However, as much as their merchandise and content creation areas have been excelling, their actual existence in competitive gaming has been a bit limited, especially with the org leaving the Call of Duty scene and opting to not purchase a spot in the upcoming franchised league. 

That said, they soon could be entering the realms of an esport they’ve never even been linked with before – FIFA, as CEO Nadeshot dropped a major hint in a September 27 tweet, teasing “major news coming very soon.”

“I can’t say too much now, but I have major news on the way,” he said. “Castro [Edwin ‘Castro1021’ Castro] I’m looking at you. You might be nice on FIFA, but there’s a new kid on the block, and it’s about to get serious.”

While the tweet was undoubtedly a promotion for the newly released FIFA 20 title, all signs are pointing that 100T could be jumping on board with the popular soccer simulation game’s competitive scene, which has been consistently growing over the past few years.

Him giving a playful warning to Castro1021, the biggest FIFA streamer on Twitch, is also telltale sign that the organization is looking to field someone prominent of their own.

While obviously nothing has been confirmed or announced as of yet, the rumor mill is already churning, and one name that has been mentioned a lot since this tweet went live is that of Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt.

Tekkz took the FIFA world by storm as a 16-year-old a year ago, and already has seven tournament victories to his name out of just 16 played over FIFA 18 and 19.

EsportsranksTekkz is widely considered to be one of the top FIFA players in the world.

The young superstar started his competitive career as a member of The F2, but left when the organization pulled out of esports mid-September.

He is currently a free agent, and is undoubtedly in the cross-hairs of numerous orgs looking to field a powerful presence in the FIFA scene, one of which very well could be 100 Thieves.


Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam


A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.