Although we have heard for a long time about the increasing professionalization of esports, there are still situations that would suit more amateur than professional players. One such offender was punished last night, the TSM representative in Fortnite, Anthony “ZexRow” Colandro.
What was the 19-year-old punished for? Well, after winning for TSM in the event organized by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, in vulgar words spoke about his rivals. In particular, there were players who ZexRow beat on his way to ninth place during last week’s FNCS Invitational.
“Anyone who did not finish in the top ten (FNCS – editor’s note) can suck my p*nis. They are the f **k,” Colandro said in a post-match statement. “I don’t know why they are trash, in fact they are also dog shit and mentally dead.”
The player’s statement quickly made a lot of noise on Fortnite’s professional stage. TSM’s authorities reacted quickly to inappropriate behavior, who decided to punish him with a fine of his monthly salary. In addition to the fine that will be donated to charity, the 19-year-old will have to go through professional advice and training to help the player behave.
“ZexRow has been a valuable member of our organization for a long time, and we hope to help him learn from this incident. Having said this, we informed him that TSM does not tolerate this kind of behavior, and that if such a thing repeats in the future, we will have to part with him,” we read in the official statement of the organization’s CEO, Andy “Reginald” Dinh.
Ninja also reacted quickly to the situation, who announced that ZexRow will not be able to appear in the upcoming tournaments of the Ninja Battles series.
Anthony “ZexRow” Colandro in his career appeared in many international competitions, including last year’s world championships, in which he took ninth place in duo mode.
Cheating in professional esports games is nothing new. There have been cases of explicit use of unauthorized software, match-fixing, actions contrary to tournament regulations, and many other cases of abuse that resulted in smaller or larger fines. This time, the winner of the Asian edition of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational nicknamed Sekosama, was banned for cheating in the finals of the event.
What did the mentioned Sekosama do? Players participating in the abovementioned competition discovered after the end of the final struggle that the winner left important items and sets in selected locations, which were then collected by his colleague. The problem, of course, is that in FNCS players compete independently, and possible fraternizing with other participants is severely punished. Moreover, leaving objects on the ground was not the only offense of Sekosama and his companion. The helper of the final winner often allowed him to pick up an additional score and left important equipment for him, which helped him to get the highest score possible.
This type of practice allowed Sekosama to gain a significant advantage in the twelve matches of the final stage of the FNCS Invitational, which puts the player on a seven-point lead over a player with the nickname qjac. If Sekosama did not resort to cheating, he would have won $ 15,000 for the first place in the Asian edition of FNCS. However, after considering many reports of his dubious integrity, the organizers excluded the cheater from the competition for two weeks, and his win (and the cash prize that comes with it) was taken away from him.
In view of the above, qjac jumped in the first place, scoring a total of 198 points, ahead of the Magu by just one point.
From year to year we observe in esports the phenomenon of the emergence of younger players who will naturally push more experienced players from the stage. Brazilian player Vitor “Zenon” Hugo is unique in this respect on a global scale, while his age caused him considerable problems.
Zenon is just a nine-year-old Fortnite player who is considered one of the best snipers in his country. In April, the young man signed a contract with the local organization DETONA Gaming, but for a long time he will not be able to represent the colors of this club in official competitions. Yesterday Hugo, after finishing one of the games in the Arena, saw on his screen a message about the ban for 1460 days, or 4 years. Why such a punishment? Epic Games regulations clearly state that competition is required to be 13 years old, so developers have excluded Zenon for a period of time separating him for not meeting this requirement
It was puzzling, however, that the player was also deprived of the opportunity to work on their skills in the Arena, which is not a tournament environment in itself. Not only a huge crowd of Brazilian players but also well-known foreign personalities, including Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Brett “Dakotaz” Hoffman, stood behind the young DETONA player. The action carried out under the hashtag #FreeZenon, and it was noticed by employees of Epic Games.
The American company has assured that in the next few months it will introduce an update to the game that will allow players like Zenon to enter the Arena. Before this happens, the player will use his second account.
However, this does not change the fact that the nine-year-old will have to wait four years without participating in professional tournaments, which may inhibit the development of his promising career.
Since its premiere, Call of Duty: Warzone has enjoyed great popularity. The free game from Activision in the battle royale genre very quickly attracted a crowd of players exceeding tens of millions, but it also has its drawbacks in the form of cheaters.
According to some, they are a real scourge of battle royale from the Call of Duty universe, so it’s no wonder that the developers officially announced the fight against cheaters.
“We take every form of cheating seriously, and one of our most important priorities is to ensure fair and equal conditions for everyone,” it was written on the official announcement. “This is an area we are working very hard on, but at the same time it is not something we always talk about in public.”
One of the elements of this work is to improve the reporting system of potential fraudsters, also in terms of the interface itself, which is to facilitate everything. However, now, in less than a month, the developers managed to catch many dishonest players. From March 10, when Warzone became public, permabans associated with the final removal from the game were imposed on over 50,000 accounts.
However, it seems that this is just the beginning of the fight against cheating.
Warzone offers players two modes. The first is the classic battle royale, in which up to 150 players compete on the server at once. The rules are simple, as in any BR, i.e. the player or squad who is the last to survive wins. And interrupting survival will include a constantly decreasing map space, which over time will be covered with deadly gas. The second type of gameplay, however, received the name Plunder and consists of collecting money by eliminating opponents, performing contracts or simply collecting them on the map.
The premiere of Call of Duty: Warzone, a battle royale set in the realities of the legendary FPS, took place on March 10, and the game has already become a hit. After a few days, it could boast of 15 million players, which can best testify to the scale of the success of this free production. It didn’t take long for the appearance of esports tournaments for this title.
Two of them will take place this week. Today, Code Green is scheduled to start for prizes from the $ 50,000 prize pool, with participants being primarily from North America’s well-known streamers, personalities and professional Call of Duty players. On March 20, tomorrow, there will be a tournament prepared by 100Thieves: Warzone from Home with a prize pool of $100,000 dollars.
Interestingly, these prizes will not go to the participants themselves, after all the organizers decided that half the amount will be allocated to the charity goal indicated by the winners, and the second part will be distributed among people watching the competition on the stream. Little is known about the list of participants at the moment, but the 100T CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag announced that he will be taking part in the competition as well.
And what awaits us next week? Next Tuesday (although the name of the competition suggests Wednesday) there will also be the first competition from the #WarZoneWednesdays cycle organized by Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem, in which participation was already confirmed by Félix “xQc” Lengyel, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar and Ali “Myth” Kabbani. The stake will be worth $20,000. In turn, on March 25-26, the first CoD tournament will be held: Warzone at Twitch Rivals in three regions, including Europe.
On the first day, there will be solo struggles, and on the second day there will be a team tournament. At the moment no official list of participants has been presented, but intuition suggests that it will not lack the biggest stars on Twitch.
Call of Duty: Warzone was released on March 10 on personal computers and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game from the very beginning was completely free and used many solutions known from the last part of the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
More information about Warzone can be found at this address. However, it is worth remembering that if you do not have Modern Warfare, then you’ll need to download about 80-100 GB of data.
Today, Battle Royale is a genre that every publisher wants to have in its portfolio. This type of competition can be found not only in Fortnite, PUBG or Apex Legends, but also in Battlefield and Counter-Strike. And even in Call of Duty — today CoD: Warzone, a variation on BR from Activision, will have its premiere.
Warzone will offer players two modes. The first is the classic battle royale, in which up to 150 players will compete on the server at once. The rules are simple, as in any BR, i.e. the player or squad who is the last to survive wins. And interrupting survival will include a constantly decreasing map space, which over time will be covered with deadly gas. The second type of gameplay, however, received the name Plunder and will consist of collecting money by eliminating opponents, performing contracts or simply collecting them on the map.
The struggle will take place in Verdansko, a fictitious city divided into several zones, among which we will find both urban and forest areas. Importantly, players will be able to move not only on their own legs, but also using vehicles such as ATV, SUV or even a helicopter. The creators also provide the option of crossplay, thanks to which players from different platforms will be able to meet each other on the server.
And last but not least, Call of Duty: Warzone will be completely free! The game will premiere today at 19:00 CET time, although Modern Warfare owners will start playing four hours earlier. However, those interested must reckon with the need to download approximately 83-101 GB of data. For people who have already purchased the latest installment of CoD and have it installed on their systems, it will only be 18-22 GB.