Rise Nation drop two pro FortniteBR players who were caught cheating in World Cup qualifiers - Dexerto

Rise Nation drop two pro FortniteBR players who were caught cheating in World Cup qualifiers

Published: 3/May/2019 21:26 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 20:17

by Albert Petrosyan


North American esports organization Rise Nation have released two professional players from their Fortnite Battle Royale roster after they were found guilty of cheating.

The qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup have already had their fair share of drama, despite the fact that only three out of the ten qualification tournaments have been played.


Easily the most controversy came during the qualifier played April 27-28, which saw Rise Nation pro player Damion ‘XXiF’ C. qualify for the World Cup but also be accused of cheating.

XXiF accused and later found guilty of cheating

Back on April 29, a video was published on Twitter that showed XXiF potentially teaming with other players during the qualifier to try and get free elimination points, a direct violation of Epic Games’ rules.


Despite his denial of any wrongdoing, XXiF was brutalized in the court of public opinion, with a large majority of the competitive community outraged at what they had seen in the clip.

Epic launched their own investigation into the matter, and later concluded that there had enough evidence to implicate XXiF of teaming, which resulted in the player forfeiting his prize money and World Cup qualification.

Although he wasn’t specifically named in Epic’s competitive ruling post on May 3, pretty much everyone knew that XXiF was the player who was handed the 14 day competitive ban.


Rise Nation drop XXiF and Ronaldo

Once the competitive ruling from Epic was posted, it was only a matter of time until Rise Nation would drop XXiF from their competitive Fortnite BR roster.

Interestingly enough, XXiF was not the only player dropped, as Rise decided to cut ties with Ronald ‘Ronaldo’ Mach as well.

“Due to he recent allegations being confirmed by Epic Games, we’ll be releasing XXiF and RonaldoTV from our Rise Fortnite roster,” they tweeted. “We don’t tolerate cheating within our esports organization and hope our fans continue to support us.”


While this may have caught some off guard, Ronaldo had also been under public scrutiny in the days leading up because some had accused him of having teamed with the same players that XXiF was seen teaming with in the third qualifier.

Whether or not Ronaldo was also handed a punishment by Epic remains unclear at this point, but that could very well have been what convinced Rise to drop him as well.


Ronaldo, of course, established quite a name for himself at the Secret Skirmish event in February, placing top-10 in the Solos tournament while winning the Duos competition with Ghost Gaming’s Saf.

Epic GamesRonaldo (left) placed first at the Duos tournament during the Secret Skirmish event, having been paired up with Ghost Gaming’s Saf.

Rise Nation’s competitive overhaul

The two Fortnite BR pros were not the only Rise Nation players to have parted ways with the team, as top Street Fighter V star ‘MenaRD’ also left following the expiration of his contract.

Having won the Capcom Cup in 2017, MenaRD is widely considered to be one of the best FGC players out there, so it came as a shock to many that he was allowed to leave the team in such manner.

However, unlike the situation with XXiF and Ronaldo, MenaRD’s departure was not due to any foul play or cheating, and he expressed high admiration for the org on his way out.


HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson


Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.


The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.


Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.


“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

HenryG casting CS:GO at DreamHack event
HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.