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Splyce’s Director of Operations looks back on the organization’s success in 2018

Published: 20/Nov/2018 19:21 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 9:18

by Chantal Stewart-Jones

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The last few months have shown huge growth and success for Splyce, and even their Director of Operations is taking a moment to appreciate it.

Founded in 2015, the organization has grown quickly and has teams competing in League of Legends, Call of Duty, Rocket League, Smite, Halo, and more.

Splyce have shown great success in expanding and developing, but 2018 has arguably been their greatest year to date, which Director of Operations, Grant ‘Greivance’ Rousseau, took some time to reflect on with a Twitter post on November 20.

The sheer number of milestones the organization has reached in just a matter of months is extremely impressive, starting with the addition of an Overwatch League Franchise spot for 2019, the Toronto Defiant, launching in September.

This announcement was shortly followed by the Splyce/Toronto Defiant Blizzcon Afterparty in Anaheim on November 2, where attendees were treated to live music, food and drinks, a live 1v1 Overwatch tournament and could meet members of the team.

Splyce’s Kim ‘STATS’ Dae Yeob also came second in the Starcraft II World Championship Series Global Finals at BlizzCon that same weekend.

Splyce after winning the 2019 SMITE World Championship.

Their SMITE team took down Team RivaL in a close series on November 18 to be crowned World Champions, making history after finishing in last place during the spring season.

The Rocket League team also finished first in the Rocket League Rival Series, with a 20-9 match record, beating Bread, Rogue and Allegiance to first place at the promotion playoffs to guarantee a spot in the Rocket League Championship series.

Now, Splyce have also been confirmed as one of the 10 franchise teams for the new League of Legends European Championship (LEC), with the first split kicking off in January 18.

The LEC has replaced the former EU LCS for the 2019 season.

When all of the organization’s wins and new announcements are laid out in such a way, it really is remarkable how well it has managed to do and gain in a period of just three months.

Grievance seems incredibly proud of what Splyce has achieve this year and also excited for 2019 following this success, could we see next year be even better for the organization? 

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.