CS:GO creator arrested for alleged sex offenses

Counter-Strike co-creator allegedly solicited sex from minor, and recorded sex acts without consent.

The Seattle Police Department arrested Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe on Thursday, following a nine-month investigation for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.

In a period from april to june 2017, Cliffe had at least three sexual encouters with a (then) 16 year old girl. This has been confirmed by the police authorities. Furthermore, Cliffe allegedly recorded their last encounter with his mobile phone without her consent. Supposedly they met online on a dating website that had an age restriction with a minimum of 18 years old. Therefore Cliffe was unaware of the girl’s age, according to his attorney in court.

After an anonymous tip regarding sexual exploitation of minors, the Seattle Police Department opened up investigation. After interviewing the girl, warrants were served on information from the online dating site and Cliffe’s phone provider. Which led to further investigation of the messages between Cliffe and the girl.

The CS creator was arrested at the Southwest Precinct of the Seattle Police Department and was brought to the King County Jail the day after. His bail has been set at $150,000 and been paid for the same day. Though he is yet to hear formal charges, Cliffe will be expected in court before the end of the month.

Cliffe’s current employer, Valve Corporation, suspended Cliffe from his job. They issued a statement on the case to multiple news organizations:

“We are still learning details of what actually happened,” a Valve representative said in a statement. “Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense. As such we have suspended his employment until we know more.”

Cliffe has no criminal record, though he has been arrested for assault in 2013. though that case never made it to court.

The Legend of Legends: Team Gullit

Is it possible to teach your father something about football, when that father is called Ruud Gullit? The soccer legend has two sons, both of them are serious about following their father’s footsteps. One on the field and the other from behind his console. It was the one playing the video game that taught his father a lesson about football in 2018. When the old international visited the FIFA eWorld Cup he discovered that there was an entire world behind this videogame. The strategy en choices that FIFA players make are no different from those in the ‘real’ football.

Team Gullit

Gullit was so fascinated, that he started a eSports academy called Team Gullit. The “first professional and independent FIFA-education in the world’’ that coaches talent in their quest for fame. Independent is the keyword in this sentence. Already there are talented players playing for teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, but with Team Gullit Ruud is aiming to give multiple youngsters a chance to make it to the big tournaments. He and his team helps the eSporters with analyzing their game, tactical and technical, mediatraining and how to handle management.

Black Tulip from Milan

Currently, the team consists of five people of which three are young players. Floris Jorna, Julian van den Berg en Dani Visser are the names of the first batch that Gullit wants to promote. Expectations are high, just like the talent: two of the three boys play in the top 64 of worldwide rankings and compete in the play-offs for the FIFA eWorld Cup in January.

Whatever the results, the logo already made its statement. The Black Tulip from Milan never looked so gracious. A logo with such iconic value and rich history has to impress the competition. We expect all the guys (currently 17 of age) to wear the shirt with pride and other eSporters has to envy them for it.

eSports gaming back in action!

It was another week of awesome eSports action as we finally exit the off season. This week featured major tournaments in CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone and Super Smash Bros. Meanwhile, the main leagues in Overwatch, League of Legends, StarCraft 2 and Heroes of the Storm are in full swing. Get in on the gaming action on Master Mazuma!

CS:GO ELEAGUE Major: Boston

CS:GO kicked off its season with the first Major. The Majors are held twice per year and provide a prize pool of 1 million dollars. The group stage saw G2 Gaming and FaZe Clan both going 3-0 in matches and qualifying for the playoffs. FaZe notably took down SK Gaming 16-12 with a dominating Terrorist side. SK misses Boltz this tournament and plays with stand-in Felps instead. Astralis and Virtus.pro are the disappointments of the group stage. Astralis barely managed to win a single match, while Virtus.pro got knocked out with three desperate losses. Next week are the playoffs. The matchups are FaZe versus mousesports, Na’Vi versus Quantum Bellator Fire, G2 versus Cloud9 and finally SK versus Fnatic. Throw out your predictions on Master Mazuma!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELEAGUE Major Boston
ELEAGUE Major Boston is in full swing.

Hearthstone World Championship

Hearthstone wrapped up the 2017 season with the 1 million dollar World Championship. All the top finishers from the Spring, Summer and Winter Championship were in attendance, including the favourite Surrender. The top decks were without a doubt Raza Priest and Cube Warlock. Especially Warlock was banned in almost every game. The Taiwanese player Tom60229 defeated Surrender and Fr0zen to claim the prestigious title of world champion.

Hearthstone World Championship
Orange hugs the new champion Tom60229 after he’s won.

Dota 2 Galaxy Battles II

Another $500,000 was distributed in Dota’s Galaxy Battles II. EG and VGJ.Thunder made it to the finals over OG, TNC and Team Spirit. EG had defeated VGJ.T in Winner’s Finals. The American team rotated its cores Arteezy, Fear and SumaiL around the different lanes, with even Fear playing mid. VGJ.T however made their adjustments and swept EG 3-0 in the finals, including a thrilling 73 minute game 2.

Dota 2 Galaxy Battles II
VGJ.T completely adapted to EG’s playstyle.

Super Smash Bros. Genesis 5

A huge upset this weekend at Genesis in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Rising star Plup defeated the God players Mew2King, Mang0, Armada and Hungrybox to win Genesis 5. The finals against Hungrybox was hard fought: Hungrybox won the first set in a dominating quick 3-0 before Plup turned the tables in the second set. A close 3-2 victory for Plup completed his first gaming supermajor victory ever.

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Hungrybox congratulates Plup after his Genesis victory.

eSports leagues

League of Legends resumed its regular season with LCS, LCK and LPL as main events. TSM notably dropped to rock bottom with losses against Team Liquid and FlyQuest. Korean juggernaut SK Telecom T1 seems to become more mediocre by the week. The team lost to Jin Air Green Wings. Star player Faker may need to find new teammates soon.

The Overwatch League completed its second week. Seoul Dynasty proved its dominance again with 4-0 victories over Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. New York Excelsior kept up with a 3-0 and 4-0 over both Los Angeles teams Valiant and Gladiators. Seoul and New York are set to play each other next week for the number 1 spot in the league. Expect the highest level of Overwatch gameplay ever.

The GSL once again proved its status as the hardest StarCraft 2 league. Canadian player NoRegreT looked to prove himself in Korea but was quickly eliminated in last place. GSL regulars soO, Zest, TY and GuMiho prevented any upsets and all advanced to the round of 16. soO and TY especially looked unstoppable and didn’t drop a map.

The first week of the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Phase 1 had few surprises. Top teams like Ballistix, Tempest, Fnatic, Dignitas and Tempo Storm all won their first matches. Tempest even defeated the world champion KSV Black (formerly MVP Black) 3-0.

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GG WP 2017! Enter eSports 2018

2017 was the year that we finally got to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the year where Blizzard had to take back their ‘you think do, but you don’t’ and the year that Vasilii lost it on Twitch and got banned from the eSports scene. Before we tell you what you can expect in 2018, we made a list of what we think were the eSports highlights of 2017. Let’s go over the plays and tournaments that we will remember 2017 by one more time!

1. SSG wins the League of Legends World Finals at the expense of SKT T1

For years, League of Legends has been the most viewed game on Twitch. The League of Legends World Championship had staggering total amount of 60 million unique viewers, making it the best eSports event on the planet. Just for that reason, this tournament deserves a spot in our list. But something special happened during the finals that will make us remember this particular tournament for a long time. SK Telecom T1, winner of the last three editions, lost without a chance to SSG: 0-3. SK Telecom’s iconic player Faker, burst into tears when the last Nexus fell. Statements of support were heard from around the world. The fall of midlaner Faker, was initiated by a Varus flash followed by a well placed ultimate. Already one of the most memorable League of Legends moments in history. Earlier in 2017 Faker was responsible for another highlight when his livestream on Twitch got a record of 245,100 viewers at the same time. The greatest amount to date.

2. The best plays, ganks and bizarre RNG

Many keyboard combinations that were thought to be impossible spawned on the screen in 2017. Accompanied by the most dirty ganks and unlikely RNG on crucial moments. With impressive nerdrages as a result. That’s why ‘the must see plays’ of 2017 form the second highlight on our 2017 list. Naturally you don’t have to go scouring the internet to find them, we’ve put them in a single file for you to enjoy in this article.

3. Marbles and gems

2017 was the year of recordrewards being paid out at eSports tournaments. The most lucrative tournament was Dota 2’s The International 2017 hosted in Seattle, containing a prize pool of 24, 787, 916 dollar! The german player KuroKy got the most out of the year with over 2,5 million dollar prize money just from playing tournaments, excluding sponsor money and other revenue. Also the salaries teams pay their members skyrocketed to new heights. In South-Korea, eSporters are earning as much if not more as baseball and football players. Again Faker leads the pack, with his employer SK Telecom paying him 2,5 million dollar. The best earning gamer so far.

4. European reign continues

It’s slowly becoming the American curse. Their most beloved virtual world, that of World of Warcraft, has been under european reign for over years. On this years Blizzcon, it seemed for a moment that the Americans finally got to call themselves lord and ruler in the 3v3 Arena of Azeroth. Global Panda qualified for the finals and the outcome of the other semi-final looked in favor of the Americans as well. In the end it wasn’t. Europe’s ABC qualified for the Finals and showed no mercy with their unconventional composition, wiping up the floor with Global Panda: 4-0. MVP was Alec, that proved a true master of Arcane when he managed to keep out of the grasp of the hyper aggressive Global Panda like a true Houdini. It’s worth looking the finals if you’ re a fan of World of Warcraft. You can find the link here.

5. Formula 1 goes virtual

What we think is a highlight for eSports in 2017, is the continuing integrating of gaming in the physical world. Already football teams hired gamers for their FiFa teams, but last year the Formula 1 entered the scene as well. McLaren looked for world’s fastest gamer in the equated project WFG. 30.000 gamers competed until only two were left, the Dutch Freek Schothorst and Rudy van Buren. Rudy won the finals and got offered a contract for a year at McLaren, working for the development team of the ‘real’ Formula 1 car. The simulator demanded the same physical efforts as the actual car, could this be the future where eSports breaks itself free from the limits of two dimensions?

Fast forward to 2018!

Will 2018 promise just as successful as its predecessor? We like to think so! We have great expectations from some titles anticipated to be released in 2k18. A honorable mention goes out to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, that is promised finally to hit the shelfs this year. Another anticipated title is Anthem, a game that for years was known by its codename only ‘Dylan’. This co-developed title by Bioware and EA is destined to continue the Mass Effect legacy, which is gonna be a hard task to put it lightly. Although the visuals look promising in the trailers, we hopefully get to see some intelligence in the gameplay once it releases.

Everything eSports

In imitation of Fifa and Formula 1, NBA is the next big sports organization to create an eSports league. The widely popular NBA 2K will serve as the virtual playground for future tournaments to come. Big American eSports teams like Cloud Nine showed their interest, but over 30 major basketball teams as well. With already over three actually creating their team to play in the coming eLeague. Keep an eye out on Twitch for what promises to be a spectacle game!

We from Master Mazuma also have some new year resolutions that we like to share with you. Like 2017, we will continue to offer you to bet on the largest selection of games and all noteworthy tournaments. Like last year, we keep providing you the most accurate odds in the eSports scene. Naturally with our live bet feature! So what are our resolutions for 2018 then? Well, even more promotions for our loyalty players for starters. But we will also focus on delivering you more relevant informative content on games, players and tournaments. Giving you more inside insights to base your bets on!

Tournaments

We can already give away that you should definitely keep your eyes on the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at the end of February, hosted in Katowice Poland. On this massive gathering, top teams from Dota 2, StarCraft 2 and CS:GO will compete and set the bar for the next tournaments to come. It’s the first real strength measurement and will give you a lot of information on which teams you have to keep an eye on in 2018.

eSports World Champions 2017

Master Mazuma brings you the final 2017 eSports champions. This weekend concluded the eSports season for League of Legends, StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and World of WarCraft Arena. Visit mastermazuma.com and earn some real money with eSports.

League of Legends eSports Worlds Finals

Worlds 2017 concluded with yet another all-Korean finals. Reigning champions SK Telecom T1 came into the finals looking shaky. The eternal favourites almost fell against the European team Misfits and the Chinese team Royal Never Give Up. Samsung Galaxy joined them in the finals after easily dispatching the Korean Longzhu and Chinese Team WE.

What looked to become a clash between two Korean eSports titans quickly became a total stomp by Samsung Galaxy. Even legendary mid player Faker couldn’t stop Samsung from defeating SK Telecom T1 with a one-sided 3-0 score. This victory marks Samsung’s seconds Worlds victory. Samsung White emerged victorious in 2014.

eSports World Champions 2017 Samsung Galaxy
Worlds Champions Samsung Galaxy
eSports World Champions 2017 Faker
SK Telecom T1’s Faker in tears after the loss

StarCraft 2 eSports WCS Global Finals

Reigning GSL champion INnoVation looked to solidify his status as ‘best of all time’ by winning the Global Finals. Meanwhile, Zerg player Rogue came hot off a Super Tournament victory. He just barely qualified for the Global Finals as the 16th eSports player. Both players were set to meet each other in the semifinals. However, INnoVation got upset by fellow Terran player TY. Rogue defeated herO and TY to earn his spot in the finals.

The other side of the bracket featured the last non-Korean players Elazer and SpeCial. The Mexican eSports player SpeCial emerged victorious and faced soO, who had defeated GuMiho. soO quickly crushed any hope and swept SpeCial 3-0. soO is the eternal second place finisher because he lost 6 GSL finals and won zero. The Global Finals proved no different, and Rogue became the world champion after defeating soO 4-2.

eSports World Champions 2017 Rogue
WCS World Champion Rogue

Heroes of the Storm eSports HGC Grand Finals

Favourites MVP Black, Fnatic and Ballistix kicked off the eSports weekend by defeating Team Freedom, Tempo Storm and Roll20. Team Expert managed to upset Dignitas, but quickly fell to MVP Black in the semifinals. Fnatic defeated Ballistix in the same 3-0 fashion.

Fnatic wanted continue their domination after winning Mid-Season Brawl, Western Clash and Europe Pro League. Meanwhile, MVP Black wanted to prove their complete return to form after winning South-Korea Pro League. The grand finals were close, but MVP Black proved to be the better team. Results: 3-1 with superior drafts and execution.

eSports World Champions 2017 MVP Black
HGC Champions MVP Black

Overwatch eSports World Cup

Heavy favourite South-Korea took on Canada in the World Cup grand finals. South-Korea made an unstoppable run through the bracket, defeating the US and France. Canada however had a much harder time, just barely beating Australia and Sweden.

South-Korea proved their Overwatch dominance by defeating Canada 4-1 in the finals. South-Korea won last year’s World Cup undefeated in games, with an 11-0 score.

Overwatch players are gearing up for the brand new Overwatch League. The league was announced at BlizzCon and will feature a Pacific and Atlantic Division.

eSports World Champions 2017 Overwatch South-Korea
Overwatch World Champion South-Korea

World of WarCraft Arena eSports World Championship

The Arena World Championship celebrated its tenth anniversary at BlizzCon. Both Method Triforce and Method Synergy won their groups 3-0. However, both lost in the semifinals by underdogs Panda Global and ABC. ABC demolished Panda Global 4-0 in the finals to take the trophy.

eSports World Champions 2017 ABC
WoW Arena Champions ABC

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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.

This weekend in eSports

Master Mazuma recaps this weekend in PC gaming eSports. Visit mastermazuma.com, predict next week’s results and earn some real cash.

Dota 2 ESL One

Virtus.Pro enter the Dota 2 Pro Circuit in full force. The CIS team made an incredible run at ESL One Hamburg, defeating The International 7 champion and runner up Team Liquid and Newbee. Virtus.Pro won in the grand finals with an impressive 2-0 victory over Team Secret to secure the championship. The team grabbed $500.000 and 750 qualifying points for The International 8.

Virtus.Pro Dota 2
Virtus.Pro

StarCraft 2 Global Playoffs

Koreans and Global Circuit players (non-Koreans) duked it out at the StarCraft Global Playoffs group stage. 16 players battled for 8 spots at the live finals at BlizzCon next week. Mexican Terran player SpeCial notably defeated Stats and TY, two top Korean players, to advance to the Global Finals. He meets Elazer in the quarterfinals, the other Circuit player to advance from his group. The Polish Zerg Elazer eliminated the Korean player Dark in the group stage. This marks Dark’s first official loss to a non-Korean player.

The other players to advance are all Korean: TY, SoO, Rogue, herO, INnoVation and GuMiho.

SpeCial StarCraft 2
SpeCial

League of Legends Worlds semifinals

Samsung Galaxy defeated the Chinese Team WE in the Worlds semifinals to complete the all-Korean finals versus SK Telecom T1. The Koreans managed to outplay Team WE in a 3-1 victory, even when the Chinese had supposedly won the draft. Samsung Galaxy meets SK Telecom T1 in the World Championship Finals. These Korean juggernauts also played in the finals last year. That time SK Telecom T1 emerged victorious. Samsung Galaxy fields the exact same team as last year and looks to get revenge against Faker’s squad.

Samsung Galaxy League of Legends
Samsung Galaxy

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter

Virtus.Pro managed to get out of their slump and went on a run at Epicenter. They impressively defeated Gambit, FaZe and G2 to get to the finals, where they met SK Gaming. The Brazilian team SK showed they are the best in the world. Coldzera and his squad ended Virtus.Pro’s run with a 3-2 victory to win Epicenter. The finals notably attracted 550.000 concurrent viewers.

SK Gaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
SK Gaming

Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Grand Finals

The group stage for the HGC Grand Finals has concluded. Favourites MVP Black, Fnatic, Dignitas and Ballistix all advanced first place in their groups. Roll20 eSports managed to upset Tempest to take second place. Tempo Storm, Team Freedom and Team Expert join them as well at BlizzCon.

Roll20 eSports Heroes of the Storm
Roll20 eSports

eSports next week

Next week will be the big conclusion of the eSports year. BlizzCon will feature the global finals in Heartstone, StarCraft 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft. League of Legends finishes the World Championship in Beijing. Don’t miss any of the action on mastermazuma.com.

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.

Next weekend has Royal Never Give Up and SK Telecom T1, and Team WE and Samsung Galaxy duking it out for a spot in the World Championship finals. Put your League knowledge to good use and predict the winners on Master Mazuma!

Master Riddle week 3

Master Mazuma Riddle LogoMaster Riddle Time #3

What game is the following quote from:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life, freely.

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P.S. answer from last week: I’m Crash Bandicoot Remastered!

Master Riddle week 4

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Good luck:

Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls, and asks the ghosts if honor matters. What is your answer?

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P.S. answer from last week: A Fallout 3 Quote!