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Virtus.pro delete gang bang meme after getting called out for being inappropriate

Published: 25/Oct/2018 17:10 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:09

by Wyatt Donigan

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Russian esports organization Virtus.pro has come under heavy fire on social media after a meme was posted to their Twitter account that many deemed to have gone too far.

Esports organizations are no strangers to using popular memes on social media in an effort to gain a following and set themselves apart from others.

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While the practice is widely accepted by most everyone in the esports world, sometimes memes can go too far, as Virtus.pro did with their use of a gang bang meme on October 25.

While the tweet was deleted soon after posting, Paul Chaloner was quick to grab a screenshot of it along with expressing his reservations on the Tweet, saying he’s “not entirely sure a pro team should be tweeting something like this.”

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For the uninitiated, the meme in question is one that originated from adult movies, featuring five men standing in front of a petite female, who usually looks rather worried.

To drive that point home, popular esports photographer Robert Paul even noted sarcastically that “The watermark from the porn site they grabbed the base image from is a nice touch.”

Chaloner wasn’t the only one to condemn the tweet, as Cloud9 Founder and CEO Jack Etienne was quick to say how he would be handling the situation if this had happened at Cloud9.

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At the time of writing, Virtus.pro has yet to release an official response, although Roman Dvoryankin, the team’s General Manager, did respond to Chaloner saying that he apologized on behalf of Virtus.pro while agreeing that the tweet was “unacceptable.”

All eyes in the esports community are now on Virtus.pro as people are calling on the organization to issue an official response.

CS:GO

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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