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Valve Skin Gambling Ban: From the Frying Pan into the Fire

Valve finally graced us with their response to the betting squabble. As it turns out, their term of service never condoned gambling. Valve's announcement is simple: " a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements. We...
Ninjas Lose Major Legend

NiP Lose Their Legend Status

NiP lost their legend status to an unlikely competitor. FlipSid3 broke their way into the CS:GO Major playoffs with quite an offset. For the first time in a while, FlipSid3 demonstrated their players' worth. Legend status Legend status grants you an invitation to the...
Hungrybox CEO

SSBM: Hungrybox Tops CEO

The world of fighting games once again turned its eyes towards Florida for the state's largest fighting game event, Community Effort Orlando. Several top names in the world of Smash threw their hats into the ring for this major tournament...

Noel Brown Banned for Ethical Misconduct

This past week we saw the Combo Breaker event which held tournaments for several fighting games including Street Fighter V. The tournament boasted big names and great play but was overshadowed by an event outside of the games; an...
Two of the world's best Overwatch players have been accused of using aimbots to improve their in-game performance.

Surefour and Taimou Hit with Aimbot Allegations

Overwatch has not even hit its official release yet and two of the top players on the professional scene have been leveled with hasty accusations of using third-party software to boost their in-game performances.

The Rain Man Banned: All Washed Up

Less than half an hour after a reddit post calling out The Rain Man's toxicity on stream, he was swiftly banned on his main League of Legends account, followed by a cumulative ban on all of his other existing...

SSBM Bobby Scar Admits Defeat: The Meaning of 6th

On May 9th, 2016, Super Smash Bros Melee history was retroactively distorted. For the first time in his storied career, The People's Champion - Bobby "Scar" Scarnewman - admitted he placed 6th at GENESIS. The prize money given to him...

Summit1G Roasts Himself: Burning Passion at DreamHack Austin

I was originally going to title this article "Man Burns Himself to Death in Front of Horrified Crowd at DreamHack Austin." And then I debated going with "Streamer Realizes He Is His Own Worst Enemy On Stage In Front of...

Is It Time for Another North American Shuffle?

Roster instability is as much a part of the North American Counter-Strike scene as explosive personalities, alleged amphetamine abuse, jetlag, and behind-the-scenes--or, in some cases, livestreamed--drama. With a handful of exceptions, it’s common for professional CS:GO teams in North...

Interpersonal Relationships and Public Conduct on Stage

This is part two of a series of articles on the tremendous expectations placed on relatively young professional eSports players. Before they have the chance to fully develop as people and gain the skills that most of us take...

Evil Geniuses’ and Team Secret’s Roster Tango Continues

I had originally planned to put together a spotlight on EG for you all. "EG is stable, EG is the foundation of NA Dota, I'll do a piece on EG while I get set up in my new job...

Dealing with DoTot: The Power of Trolls in League of Legends

League of Legends players who actively play ranked matches share a common desire to earn a more prestigious border than the one that they earned the season before. Players queue up for game after game, hoping to be matched...