Platinum Heroes, a StarCraft 2 community is hosting a charity tournament in honor of Geoff “iNcontrol” Robinson, a commentator and former player, who unexpectedly passed away on July 21.
All donations will be going to Southern California Bulldog rescue. When Robinson passed away, his family posted on his Twitter account asking, “to honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.”
As of the time of this posting, 59 players have signed up to compete in the charity tournament scheduled for Sunday, August 4 at 9 AM PST.
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The Challonge page states that, “there is no restriction on participants for required number of games or League for this Tournament. This Tournament is organised by Platinum Heroes Discord and casted by Creighton Olsen on Twitch.”
Many within the esports community posted fond memories and tributes of Robinson after hearing the tragic news. Journalist Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields described him as “one of the most entertaining people to ever be involved with esports.”
The official StarCraft Twitter account posted a heartfelt message and stated that “StarCraft won’t be the same without [Robinson].”
The Overwatch League had its own touching tribute with hosts Chris Puckett and Soe Gschwind-Penski emotionally sharing their thoughts on Robinson before a video package aired with highlights from his career.
StarCraft 2 is an RTS game
Robinson started off his StarCraft 2 career as a Protoss (one of the three main races/factions within the game) player before transitioning to the role of a commentator.
As a broadcast talent member, Robinson worked events such as North American Star League and the 2012 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.
As many as three dozen more pro CSGO players have been handed competitive bans up to five years in length by the Esports Integrity Commission, following a joint ESIC and ESEA investigation uncovered multiple breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code in domestic Counter-Strike competitions.
The multitude of bans comes at the end of a near-two year process from the esports watchdog, who has been investigating match-fixing in Australia, America, and more recently several European competitions for the past 24 months.
In the report, ESIC confirmed that “a total of 35 individuals have been observed to be in breach of the Anti-Corruption Code administered by ESIC. This in addition to the initial six individuals previously sanctioned by ESIC on October 23, 2020.”
These betting breaches were reportedly conducted through Ladbrokes Australia’s gambling apps. The Sydney-based bookie assisted the ESIC investigation.
ESIC issues sanctions against 35 players for betting related offences & extends bans for 2 players previously sanctioned in October 2020.
ESIC will continue to investigate further offences in Australia, NA and Europe in cooperation with law enforcement. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/KgVudv0d9t
In some cases, the ESIC report continues, several of the now-banned players also participated in “collusive behavior,” sharing details of fixed games with third parties which would lead to them “placing identical bets.”
All offending CSGO players have also been “referred to law enforcement.”
More than three dozen CSGO players have been handed bans by the ESIC.
Full list of banned CSGO players
The lengthy list of banned Australian players come from a multitude of orgs, and include at least one code-hoping convert who has recently made the switch to Valorant.
Joel ‘PEARSS’ Kurta, who spent six months playing for Ground Zero in 2020, has been handed a 12-month ban starting January 22. It is unclear how this will affect his competitive career, however, as he swapped to Valorant team “WaterBottle.”
Ground Zero player, Andy ‘Noobster’ Zhang, also received a lengthy ban. The 24-year-old, who most recently was a stand-in for AVANT, was handed a three-year suspension.
The thirty-five banned CSGO players were in breach with Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code, as well as ESEA’s standing MDL tournament rules.
The longest ban was for Wilson ‘willyks’ Sugianto (60 months).
Banned duo Daryl ‘Mayker’ May (previously Ground Zero) and Akram ‘ADK’ Smida (previously Rooster) also had their sanctions amended. Smida’s ban has been increased to 24 months, while May is now set for four years on the sideline.
Jeremy “motion” Lloyd (Control) — 12 months
Patrick “falcon” Romano De Sousa (Control) — 12 months
Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero) — 48 months (from 12)
ESIC has already issued all offending players with notice of charge, which details the offense, and available appeal mechanisms. All impacted parties are now eligible to appeal their Counter-Strike charges by emailing Kevin Carpenter, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel.
For a full breakdown of ESIC’s investigation, details of specific matches where the bug was used, and an explanation of the sanctions, read the full report here.
A large amount of the ESIC bans came after Aussie CSGO players bet on MDL matches.
ESIC concluded their report with a message to the CSGO community:
“It is crucially important that professional players abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from,” the esports watchdog wrote, “in order to preserve the integrity of the esports landscape internationally and mitigate the potential for bad actors to take advantage of our sport.”