Flash Gaming founder “Enndy” put out a bold statement earlier today regarding his CS:GO team and Chinese Counter-Strike in general.
Days after Flash loaned YuLun “Summer” Cai and YuanZhang “Attacker” Sheng to TyLoo for free, Flash decided that it is disbanding its team altogether, making KunHua “LOVEYY” Bai, Yangyang “ayaya” Zheng, and QiFang “Karsa” Su free agents. Enndy released a statement on Weibo explaining why the organization came to the decision, while also revealing the supposed dark side of Chinese CS:GO.
Enndy claims that the Chinese scene is corrupted by a number of problems, including match-fixing, client-side cheats, compromised player safety, paid GOTV IP (real-time match streaming) acquisition during matches, and interference with internet cables on LAN. Apparently thousands of dollars worth of Chinese Yen was allegedly used to access ongoing GOTV demos, allowing players to call-out player positions.
“Even though Flash Gaming has disbanded, I still hope someone else can change the current situation in the Chinese CS:GO scene,” a rough translation of Enndy’s post on Reddit reads. “I hope that the game’s distributor can work hard to solve things. I hope that CS:GO fans can learn more about the unfairness in the scene and speak up for the players instead of blindly supporting teams. Maybe only this can help Chinese CS:GO see light again. When the blue sky can be seen, maybe you’ll see Flash Gaming competing once again!”
The Flash founder also says that Chinese CS:GO publisher Perfect World is supposedly turning a blind eye to these issues. This particular claim, however, seems odd considering game developer Valve usually investigates and handles problems related to competitive integrity, like the iBuyPower match-fixing incident of 2015.
With these allegations in mind, all eyes will likely be on Chinese players going into the Asia Minor and throughout the rest of the IEM Katowice Major later this month. ViCi Gaming and CyberZen are the only teams from China competing in the Minor, while TyLoo starts its $1 million Major run on Feb. 13 as a team with Challenger status.
Flash Gaming, on the other hand, was eliminated from Valve Major contention in the Greater China online qualifiers late last year. This potentially makes ELEAGUE Boston 2018 the last ever Major for the organization, if Flash decides to not re-sign a CS:GO team.