Currently upcoming ESL One Rio Major has seen Valve referring to various distinctive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players and staff for expected irreconcilable situations. Players from a few known CSGO teams like MIBR, FaZe Clan, and DIGNITAS are involved in this.
Valve: Players having financial interest in other teams is a conflict of interest
Zeus as he retires: pic.twitter.com/47BokztxM9
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) September 19, 2019
Warning by Valve
Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Epitacio “TACO” de Melo, Marcelo “coldzera” David, team manager MIBR Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, the coach of Evil Geniuses Wilton “zews” Prado, Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, and the general manager of Immortal Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen are the seven people warned by Valve.
FalleN, TACO, coldzera, dead, and zews are a few present & former members of MIBR who have been having issues with their interests in the team Yeah Gaming. Yeah is also a contender for a spot in ESL One Rio 2020.
Earlier this spring, MIBR, and Yeah Gaming had a match against each other in Valve’s Regional Ranking competition. And that was when the news broke that a few players of MIBR were having financial interests in Yeah Gaming. The news came out just a day before the teams were due to play against each other and the CSGO fans were quick to react on the issue.
“In exchange for a set annual fee, MIBR's parent company, the Immortals Gaming Club, has the option to "buy out at most two players from YeaH Gaming’s roster in a calendar year at an agreed upon price."”
Feels *extremely* conflicty https://t.co/8zWYm10yt8
— Ryan (@RyanAtRBM) April 22, 2020
Player’s stakes in other organizations and teams
GeT_RiGhT purportedly has a stake in the Ninjas in Pajamas where he spent more than seven years as a player. Similarly, lurppis is working for MIBR’s parent association Immortals Gaming Club, still, he is a shareholder of ENCE.
The news comes a long time after the Road to Rio i.e. ESL One Rio’s qualifying round ended. Valve asked everyone to submit their documents expressing whether they are having any business terms with some other taking participating team or competition organizers.
The leaked email appeared to the public somewhat past the point where it was not possible to take care of the worries fans had during ESL’s Road to Rio. However, it was a fortnight before CS Summit 6 when the references came out.
The history of Valve’s reactions to such conflict of interests
In a blog post, Valve declared another rule expressing that all participants including the organizations must uncover all business connections among themselves and different teams and organizations. The move followed contentions encompassing esports organizations and the competition organizers RFRSH Entertainment.
Event organizer’s stakes in other teams
RFRSH was the shareholder of both Team Heroic and Astralis, two Danish CSGO groups that frequently gone head to head in local rivalries. RFRSH later parted ways from Team Heroic but found themselves in hot waters in the wake of the BLAST Pro Series, where Astralis skirted a few esteemed competitions for going to its parent organization’s competitions.
Now RFRSH and Astralis also parted their ways to bring BLAST Entertainment and the Astralis Group into effect.
A recent blog by Valve includes divulgence changes. Preceding Valve’s declaration, there was a small group of individuals from one organization who engaged themselves financially with another.
Valve’s decision on financial conflicts
There has been no official word from those included in the act, nor is there any proof that Valve really required any of those to strip or separate themselves from their contentions. The only words we got from Valve were “inability to reveal any business with the event management or different members will result in getting disqualified.”
The underlying decision neglected to set up any firm boundaries and had no undeniable follow-up from Valve. The developer appears to be more dedicated to this now than it did earlier.