Oct 5 2016 - 11:08 pm

CSGO Lotto wins motion to dismiss its class-action lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit against third-party Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling site CSGO Lotto appears to have been been dealt a major blow, after the court overseeing the case ruled that it wouldn’t go federal
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

A class-action lawsuit against third-party Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling site CSGO Lotto appears to have been been dealt a major blow, after the court overseeing the case ruled that it wouldn’t go federal.

The ruling, which was given by the Washington Western District Court on Oct. 4, states that the plaintiffs were arguing that gambling site CSGO Lotto and one of its owners, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin, had engaged in fraudulent activity so egregious that it violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Martin, who is also a part-owner of successful esports team EnVyUs, frequently promoted CSGO Lotto to his massive YouTube following without disclosing that he had an ownership role at the site, leading to community uproar against Martin and CSGO Lotto.

In the proceedings, however, the defendants argued that “plaintiffs who enter into transactions knowing that there are a wide range of possible outcomes cannot state a RICO claim when they receive less than favorable outcomes within that range.” The court sided with the defendants, and ruled out a RICO standing as it did not consider gambling losses “sufficient injury to ‘business or property.’”

Additionally, the plaintiffs’ second option of taking the case federal via the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) also proved to be unsuccessful. In a post on the CS:GO subreddit, esports attorney Bryce Blum offered the following explanation.“In order to get federal jurisdiction through CAFA, the matter in controversy has to exceed $5,000,000. While plaintiffs provided facts about the economics of skin betting and Valve’s CSGO revenue, they did not assert an actual damages figure an instead relied on ‘common sense’ arguments that the amount of damages exceeded $5,000,000,” Blum concludes this section by simply writing “The court didn’t buy these arguments.”

Despite this outcome, it doesn’t mean the class-action suit itself has been dismissed and the plaintiffs are free to appeal the Washington Western District Court’s ruling.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.

Jan 15 2017 - 5:34 pm

EnVyUs crowned WESG champions

The French CS:GO team's victory earned them an astounding $800,000.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

In the first major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2017, French side EnVyUs picked up a huge win—and an even bigger purse.

The French squad barrelled through surprise finalists Team Kinguin in two extremely one-sided maps. Following their decisive victory, EnVyUs took their place on the podium and will be leaving China $800,000 richer.

Few spectators, however, could have imagined that Kinguin would be one of the teams competing in the finals of this massive $1.5 million event.

The day started out with an incredible upset, as Polish super-squad Virtus pro were eliminated from the event after a surprise defeat in the semifinals to their countrymen in Kinguin.

The match was over in only two maps. Kinguin fought a close game against the favorites on Dust2, and closed the series out with a decisive 16-5 victory on Mirage.

Not even EnVyUs' participation in the grand final was guaranteed, however, as the French squad fought a three-game series against Turkish representatives Space Soldiers. Known primarily for its 21-year-old star rifle player Can "XANTARES" Dörtkarde, the entire Turkish squad battled the French team across three maps.

EnVyUs escaped elimination narrowly, and took the final map of the series, winning 16-14.

With the ELEAGUE Major just around the corner, EnVyUs will be riding a wave of momentum, while Virtus Pro will have to regroup and refocus.