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Hungrybox explains why he quit US Army’s Smash Ultimate tournament

Published: 22/Sep/2020 20:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee god Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has been grinding the latest game in the series, Ultimate, for some time and entering online tournaments. Now, a new event by the US Army caused the pro to flip on taking part in the competition.

On September 21, the Jigglypuff main posted a since-deleted tweet advertising how he had been formally invited to enter the US Army’s $5,000 Smash Ulimate Challenge.

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“Always glad to see online events with huge prize pools,” the Team Liquid star said. The tweet also included information about the event such as the registration deadline, participant cap and more.

However, all that changed mere minutes later when Debiedma announced he would not be taking part and used some bombastic words to make his opinion known.

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Hungrybox announced he was partaking in a US Army tournament.

“Actually, f**k that,” he said and deleted the previous post about the event.

“I told them to rip up the contract,” Debiedma continued in the tweet’s thread. “I know it’s all ‘secure the bag’ and this but like I had a bad taste in my mouth about it the whole time.”

According to Hungrybox, the military and esports should “never be combined” and said he would be sticking to that ideology “forever.”

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Hungrybox was very vocal about the partnership.

“I gotta trust my gut more often,” he concluded in the since-deleted tweet.

It’s unclear why Hungrybox deleted the remarks about the army and the tournament, but he’s hardly the first to take issue with its presence within the gaming landscape.

The US Army has been quite a polarizing presence on Twitch and among gamers in recent months with some accusing it of using games as a way to recruit.

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Hungrybox won’t bring his Jigglypuff to the US Army’s tournament.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even took aim at the army using its funds to maintain a presence on Twitch, games, esports or other live-streaming platforms.

In any case, this is just another chapter in US Army’s esports drama, albeit with a Smash Bros twist.

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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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