Counter Logic Gaming exit CS:GO

Counter Logic Gaming have “stepped back” from Counter-Strike, the organisation announced Thursday.

They will no longer field their primary or academy rosters, but will retain CLG Red, their women’s team, a spokesperson for CLG said.

This news follows a report by independent journal Jarek “DeKay” Lewis that CLG was leaving CS:GO due to internal financial issues within the team. CLG’s press release does not explain why the organisation is leaving CS:GO.

“CLG has been in competitive Counter Strike since the beginning of 2015. Since then, the competitive sport, community, and industry has grown massively into what it is today,” CLG wrote in a press release. “It has been amazing to see the collective rise of esports and CS:GO at the forefront of it. After several months of analysis and internal discussion around our business strategy, as well as the economics of the sport, we reached this difficult decision.”

“As great as the organisation is, I never felt that they were convinced in CSGO enough to dish out money to get the players needed to succeed,” FNS wrote.

“My entire goal in 2017 was to win or at least make a grand final and when we were coming close and making deep runs at tournaments, it seemed like a good idea to stay, but looking back, I should have just departed when Imapet did. Regardless of that, I’m glad I was able to fulfil my contract with CLG and stick out the entire year with them. Again, I wish the players and organisation nothing but the best of luck.”

CLG first entered CS:GO in 2015, and were often considered one of the stronger North American teams in the scene. CLG were also recently purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company, who own the New York Knicks, and acquired a spot in the  North American League of Legends Championship Series.

In the press release CLG say they are “parting ways” with their main and academy CS:GO rosters, though DeKay’s initial report alleged that CLG would keep players under contract to sell them to other organisations.

Counter Logic Gaming

Whether this is the end for Counter Logic Gaming, or they rise up again and conquer the CS:GO scene, we don’t know. One thing we do know; it’s going to be an interesting story to follow.

Newbee terminate Vasilii’s contract following domestic abuse allegations

Newbee has terminated League of Legends player Li “Vasilii” Wei-Jun’s contract.

After the player was heard allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on-stream earlier.

In VODs of Wei-Jun’s stream, he can be heard leaving his computer. The sound of a woman screaming as Wei-Jun screams at her follows. The camera is not facing the two during the apparent altercation. Later in the stream, he leaves again, and was allegedly taken away by police.”We absolutely condemn this sort of behavior and we’ve terminated his contract,” a spokesperson for Newbee told the press in a statement.

Wei-Jun has made headlines before for anger-related issues. In 2016, Wei-Jun left the stage during a live LSPL match and allegedly smashed equipment on his way off. Earlier that year, images surfaced of computers Wei-Jun had allegedly smashed while playing at the Vici Gaming house.

Wei-Jun is best known for his playing in North America as the AD Carry for LMQ in the 2014 NA LCS Summer Split.

West fights East in League of Legends World Championship

Every Western team has been knocked out of League of Legends World Championship. This weekend saw North American team Cloud9 and Europe’s Misfits almost upset China’s Team WE and two-time reigning champion SK Telecom T1 from South Korea.

The other two series saw Fnatic and Longzhu got smashed by League juggernauts Royal Never Give Up and Samsung Galaxy, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. The real battles occurred in the other two series.

Everyone hoped Misfits would put up a good fight versus SK Telecom T1, but nobody expected it to be so close. SK Telecom T1 is the undisputed number 1 team in the world, having won three World Championships and fielding the best player in the world, Faker.

For a long time in the series, it looked like Misfits would upset SK Telecom T1. The Europeans went up 2-1 in the series and looked poised to take the series in game 4. However, the Koreans suddenly seemed to remember they were the reigning champions. They not only turned a losing game 4 around but also took advantage of a mistake by Misfits to take game 5 and the series. This series was the closest a Western team has come to take down the seemingly invincible SK Telecom T1.

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Faker saves SK Telecom T1 from the brink of defeat

Following Misfit’s example, Cloud9 fought hard to to upset Team WE and keep the West in the tournament. The Americans also went up 2-1, only to go down in the last two games. Especially in game 5 everything seemed to fall apart, from the draft to the execution of the strategy.

Western team yet again fail to make a splash in the World Championship and defeat their Chinese and Korean demons. Misfits and Cloud9 put up a good fight and made their series very close. However, the gap between West and East still exists.

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