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Newbee accused of stealing $100k from Fortnite World Cup players

Published: 22/Jul/2020 10:14

by Jacob Hale

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Chinese esports organization Newbee has been accused of stealing over $100,000 of prize money from its Fortnite World Cup players.

The Fortnite World Cup took place in 2019 and guaranteed every participant at least $50,000 each just for qualifying, but it is now being reported that Newbee’s representatives at the tournament didn’t see a single dollar of that prize money — and potentially more.

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Rhidax, who coaches Fortnite players in the EU and Asia regions, tweeted on July 21 about the situation that developed at Newbee both in Fortnite and their wider esports ownership.

Newbee xxm and xmende Fortnite World Cup
Twitter: NewbeeCN
XXM and xMende stopped playing Fortnite immediately following the World Cup.

Rhidax opened by stating that the organization’s Dota 2 team has disbanded over match-fixing allegations in the Chinese Dota 2 professional league, before accusing the org of “trapping their players in contracts” and “stealing all Fortnite prize money since World Cup.”

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As Rhidax notes, this also could explain why Newbee’s Fortnite World Cup duo — XXM and Xmende — quit the game completely immediately following the record-breaking tournament.

In a follow-up tweet, Rhidax even provided screenshots of text message conversations he had with various parties, including one in which he asks a “trusted source” whether the two players ever got their prize money.

“No,” they responded. “It’s all been swallowed by the organization. They can’t even beat them in a lawsuit.”

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Rhidax also went on to tell fellow coach and analyst DestinysJesus that he would “be surprised if there’s an org that’s scammed more than this in Fortnite.”

How much truth is in these accusation remains a question, as the organization have yet to comment or respond, having not posted on their social media accounts since February 2020.

Newbee established itself as a world-caliber organization with frequent attendance at Dota 2’s annual The International tournament, including winning it in 2014. If these allegations turn out to be true, there will likely be investigations into the team’s conduct over recent years to figure out whether this is an ongoing issue or a one-off.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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