Category Archives: Counter Strike News

Team SoloMid drops entire CS GO team

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Team SoloMid (TSM) announced a split with their entire CSGO team in their latest update.

TSM ventured into Counter-Strike in January by signing dignitas’ players and enjoyed a great run as the team won several international tournaments.

Their trophies now include two editions of the FACEIT League, the CCS Kick-off Season, Fragbite Masters Season 4 and PGL Season 1.

The team members stated on the TSM official website that “our long term visions did not align, and we believed that it was the best for both parties to part.”

It was also suggested that the relationship between TSM and the players had broken down in recent weeks, especially following the dismissal of team manager Frederik Byskov.

After DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, Byskov, who continued to represent the players as an agent, revealed that talks were in place with several interested organisations.

This added fuel to rumours that the players would not extend their contracts with the North American club.

Meanwhile, TSM cited in their statement that it was “large issues with accessibility” that made both sides mutually agree on expiring their contracts.

Andy “Reginald” Dinh, team owner of TSM said that it was a “wonderful pleasure” to work with the CSGO team, and “a great shame to see them go”.

The CSGO team members too expressed their gratitude for their time with TSM and expresses hopes in encountering TSM’s new CSGO roster.

Dreamhack: CSGO tournament gets physical

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Police were called to Dreamhack Winter this weekend after a fight broke out between a professional eSports player and a journalist.

Richard Lewis, a journalist and commentator for Breitbart, and eSports player Jonathan “Loda” Berg came to blows during Dreamhack, billed as the world’s largest LAN party.

The dispute began over a Twitter feud.

The “sign” in question reputedly belonged to Berg’s girlfriend.

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Since then, Dreamhack had offered further updates.

“We can confirm that an incident did occur between both parties,” writes DreamHack’s Michael Van Driel “and that at Loda’s request we contacted the police so an official report could be filed.”

“We had two staff members who witnessed the altercation between Richard Lewis and Jonathan Berg.”

“Lewis and Kelly Milkies [Ong Xiao Wei] had been in an argument, Kelly had left the scene extremely upset and our staff were explaining to Richard Lewis how these types of yelling matches are not appropriate behaviour for our events.”

“At this time then Jonathan Berg aggressively approached Richard Lewis and the two began to yell at one another, until Richard grabbed Jonathan’s neck and began to strangle it, and then our staff intervened to end the physical confrontation.”

Van Driel states that DreamHack’s response was “to separate both individuals and do a full investigation of what occurred and involve both DreamHack security crew, and police.”

“After long discussions and considerations of a lot of different options, our response for the event was going to be that both parties would be asked to leave the event, however both Jonathan and Richard were able to speak to one another and shake hands, in which case it was decided against removing both parties for the time being.”

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Dreamhack is putting a ban on Richard Lewis (Right) while Jonathan Berg is still welcomed to DH events in the future.

Nonetheless, DreamHack will not be working with Richard Lewis again.

“Moving forward DreamHack’s very quickly reached the conclusion that we will no longer be hiring or working with Richard Lewis indefinitely,” Van Driel writes.

“We cannot condone violent behaviour at our events. Jonathan will be welcome at all events in the future, however we would like to reiterate that aggressive behaviour is not acceptable.”

Largest CSGO platform acquired by ESL

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ESEA is now acquired by ESL in a mutually beneficial partnership.

The Electronic Sports League has announced its acquisition of E-Sports Entertainment Association, a community leader in the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

ESL and ESEA recently collaborated in creating the ESL ESEA Pro League, the largest CS:GO league in the game’s history, currently in its second season. This partnership is sure to keep the momentum going.

This announcement comes on the heels of ESL’s recent studio expansion in Burbank, California.

Co-Founder of ESL Jens Hilgers is confident these actions will continue the company’s domination, allowing the ESL to “[drive] the charge in regards to integrity in eSports as the industry continues to grow and expand in complexity.”

ESEA’s current team will continue to manage operations, and neither the ESEA brand or community will be affected by this news.

Both ESEA and ESL hold high standards for integrity—ESEA being a leading force in anti-cheating technology in CS:GO, and ESL’s denouncement of performance enhancement drugs.

Steam steps up CS GO item trade security

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Trading items in CS GO will be safer.

Steam will be introducing Trade Holds on December 9th, a new trade feature that will enforce further protection on CSGO item trade.

With the new system, Steam will hold on to your items for up to three days to give you time to review the transaction should you be unable to use Mobile Authenticator.

However, trading parties can still speed things along; trades will complete immediately if both parties confirm the transaction on the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator.

Users can also abort all outstanding trades on hold and prevent new unwanted trades in their account for as long as one week.

So users should ensure they have Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator to all of their accounts by December 2nd for instant trade confirmations.

And as a limited time bonus, from now until December 16th if Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator is enabled for any account, the user will receive at least a 5% discount on Market purchases!