Jul 30 2016 - 3:47 pm

Valve allegedly sends second wave of cease and desist letters to CS:GO gambling sites

Counter-Strike developer Valve has allegedly sent out another wave of cease and desist letters to skin gambling sites, targeting an additional 20 websites
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Counter-Strike developer Valve has allegedly sent out another wave of cease and desist letters to skin gambling sites, targeting an additional 20 websites.

Nine days after the first wave targeted well-known sites like CSGO Lounge, CSGO Lotto, and CSGO Diamonds, Valve has apparently continued its quest to bring an end to the skin gambling industry.

The list of sites targeted this time around includes the controversial CSGO Shuffle site which came to prominence when popular gaming personality James "PhantomL0rd" Varga was exposed as the owner of the site. Phantoml0rd never disclosed the ownership, and even fixed outcomes of bets when streaming himself gambling on the site.

Other sites targeted include Skin Arena, Fanobet, and CSGO Jackpot.

The letter, reported by Fraglider, contains the same language as the first. According to Valve, all 20 sites have been using Steam accounts for commercial purposes, in violation of the Steam user agreement. It gives the sites ten days to shut down or face further legal consequences.

Next Wednesday will see the ten-day deadline pass for the first wave of companies to shut down. While some of them, including CSGO Double and CSGO Wild, have already shuttered, many continue to operate at the time of publication. That includes CSGO Lounge, the match betting site credited with increasing viewership of competitive Counter-Strike.

Update 2:10pm CT, July 30: At least one of the sites allegedly contacted by Valve has denied it ever received the letter. We have reached out to Valve for clarification.

Jan 8 2017 - 4:08 pm

Hades to miss WESG, accused of "LAN dodging"

The player failed to get a visa, leaving his team in the lurch.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Valve

A Canadian Counter-Strike player has been accused of "LAN-dodging" after failing to get a visa for the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in China next week.

Warren "hades" Rettich, who was due to play for Canadian side subtLe in the finals, has withdrawn from the event due to not applying for his visa in time—something his teammates claim he did deliberately.

Team mate Ellis "els" Clay posted a Twitlonger, containing screenshots of messages from hades where he claimed to have applied for the visa as earlier as December 20. However this was not the case and once the groups were released, placing subtLe against tournament favorites like Virtus Pro and EnVyUs, hades was having second thoughts about even bothering to compete.

After leaving it until the very last possible minute to have a chance of applying, hades cited an unspecified issue with his application that would mean he would have to miss the tournament.

Els leaves no doubt that he believes hades is deliberately missing the tournament, severely handicapping the chances of his team mates.

SubtLe were already severely hampered in their preparation for the tournament after Paul "Nerdy" Gill received a VAC ban two weeks ago. The team turned to David "DAVEY" Stafford, formerly of Splyce, to step in.

The controversy has provoked the ire of many in the North American Counter-Strike community.

SubtLe qualified for WESG after finishing second in the Americas qualifier. They will be the sole Canadian representatives, after a Canadian squad featuring DAVEY, Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski, and Damian "daps" Steele could not get visas for the Americas qualifier.

They will face a stern test in what many are calling the group of death against Virtus Pro, EnVyUs, Team Epsilon, Russia, and Team One of Brazil.

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.