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Twitch partner, Hi-Rez Studio employee arrested in Super Bowl child sex sting [Update]

Published: 5/Feb/2019 1:42 Updated: 5/Feb/2019 17:25

by Bill Cooney


Undercover officers in Atlanta arrested 21 men on Super Bowl Sunday for allegedly arranging to have sex with a child and one of the men arrested was 32-year-old Thomas ‘Elvinelol’ Cheung, an employee at Hi-Rez Studios and a Twitch partner.

The sting, nicknamed “Operation Interception” was centered in Brookhaven, Ga and was conducted by members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The goal of the operation was “to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line, have sexually explicit conversations, and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex,” according to a February 4 release from the task force.

The task force used popular dating apps to ID the suspects, who were allegedly willing to have sex with children.

“Those arrested had sexually explicit conversations with whom they believed to be a child and most of those arrested traveled to meet a child for sex,” the release stated.

Cheung wasn’t mentioned in the press release, besides being listed as one of the 21 men who were arrested and charged during the sting.

11 Alive AtlantaThomas ‘Elvinelol’ Cheung

Cheung works as the Community Specialist for the game Smite at Hi-Rez, is listed as a Twitch partner and is a brand ambassador for SteelSeries and NZXT.


Hi-Rez Studios CEO/President Stewart Chisam released a statement, explaining they’re unable to comment on specifics in Cheung’s case, but confirming he is no longer employed by the company.

According to the press release, Cheung and the other 20 men arrested have been charged under the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007 or charged with trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude.

His case will be prosecuted by the Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney in Georgia.

Sources: 11 Alive AtlantaGeorgia Bureau of Investigation


Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards


Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.