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NBA 2K League players fined and suspended following on stage brawl

Published: 12/Apr/2019 18:17 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 19:07

by Bill Cooney


Following an on-stage scuffle between members of the Hawks Talon and Celtics Crossover NBA 2K League teams, the league announced suspensions and fines for multiple players involved.

During the first week of action during Season 2 of the NBA 2K League, a brawl broke out between Hawks Talon and Celtics Crossover Gaming when Celtics’ player Albano ‘oFAB’ Thomallari pushed Talon’s Randolph ‘Rando’ Moreno as the two went to shake hands following their match. 

Unsurprisingly, the League didn’t take long to come up with punishments for the players involved in the scuffle, announcing their decision on April 12.

What were the punishments?

The NBA 2K League announced fines and suspensions for three different players involved in the fracas, two from the Crossover and one from the Talon.

Celtics’ Crossover point guard Albano ‘oFAB’ Thomallari was fined $500 and suspended for one game and small forward Ahmed “Mel East” Kasana was also fined $500 “for his involvement in the altercation,” according to the press release.

On the Hawks Talon side, forward Connor “Dat Boy Shotz” was also suspended for one game, which means he’ll miss the Talon’s April 19 matchup against Jazz Gaming.

oFAB will serve his suspension Thursday, April 25, when the Crossover take on 76ers GC.

The NBA 2K League issued the punishments just two days after the viral altercation took place.

It was the first Hawk’s match of the 2019 regular season, so things have certainly gotten off to a spicy start in the league this year.

Players made little mention of the incident on social media afterward, and Desk host Phil ‘EE’ Visu also avoided going into too much detail when they came back from the break, simply saying “a lot happened” during the incident.

The League may not approve, but the Twitch clip of the shakeup is already one of the most viewed NBA 2K League clips ever and could end up giving the league quite a bit of free publicity.


Simplicity Esports to receive $180k from 30-month Redragon sponsorship

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:47 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 10:49

by Adam Fitch


North American esports organization Simplicity Esports have signed a new sponsorship deal with gaming peripherals brand Redragon.

The agreement will span 30 months and is valued at $180k, including $170k in cash and over $10k worth of gaming equipment.

Simplicity’s League of Legends team Flamengo Esports — which is one of 10 teams that was selected as a long-term partner of the Brazilian CBLoL in October 2020 — will be supplied with headsets, mice, and keyboards as part of the deal.

The $170k will be paid over the course of the 2.5-year sponsorship, starting in January 2021.

Flamengo Esports CBLoL
Flamengo Esports
Flamengo Esports are one of the biggest brands in the passionate Brazilian scene.

While the supply of gaming peripherals and accessories isn’t anything new in esports, with the likes of HyperX and Logitech G sponsoring plenty of teams across all major regions, the cash value of this deal is unique. At least, the transparency is.

It was revealed that Redragon were set to acquire 7.5% of Flamengo Esports from Simplicity in September for $390k in cash and over $133k in additional consideration.

“Redragon has been a great partner for us, since Simplicity Esports entered Brazil earlier this year with the acquisition of Flamengo Esports,” said Jed Kaplan, CEO of Simplicity Esports. “We will proudly display their logo on the sleeve of our jersey to be seen by our dedicated fans, social media followers, and content watchers. We still have three available jersey sponsorship activations to sell, including the coveted center chest location that comes with a Master Sponsorship.”

Revealing the value and exact length of sponsorships is uncommon in the industry, with only public companies such as Simplicity Esports and David Beckham-owned Guild Esports being forced to do so because they’re on stock markets.

In October 2020, Guild announced that they had signed a £3.6m sponsorship deal with a company they would reveal on November 22. That announcement never arrived, however, with the org later explaining that “travel/safety issues” ruined plans, with a new reveal plan now being expected in January 2021.