Do you remember when during the European Minor before PGL Major Kraków 2017 the players of Fnatic Academy were forced to perform under the name Ballistix to avoid conflicts of interest with the main composition of the British organization? Almost three years later, a twin situation occurs, but this time nobody makes a problem of it.
At first glance, the Brazilian organization Yeah Gaming does not stand out from the background of local competitors, but it becomes extremely interesting when we delve into its history. The club’s hallmarks are its owners, which currently include Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, Marcelo “coldzera” David, Epitácio “TACO” de Melo, and Wilton “zews” Prado. The quartet, with the support of Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Alessandro “Apoki” Marcucci, two years ago reactivated the brand that appeared in the world of electronic sports in 2002. About seven years later, Yeah Gaming disappeared from the radars.
In September 2019, Valve issued a multi-level statement in which it expressed its position on a number of issues, including exclusive leagues and participation in more than one organization. “We require players, teams and tournament operators who want to participate in Majors to confirm that they have no existing conflicts of interest, and if they have them, disclose them and work on resolving them” wrote the American developer.
And now we come to the heart of the matter because the links between Yeah Gaming and external institutions are obvious and there is nothing to hide from them.
TACO and dead (MIBR) and zews (Evil Geniuses) will also try to advance to Major through the North America as part of ESL One: Road to Rio. We can still turn a blind eye to this because although we feel disgusted, in the disclosure of Valve‘s conflict of interest statement, Yeah Gaming says that investors do not make any decisions related to the organization. You might think differently about the other side of the document, which is outrageous and should be stigmatized.
Within one calendar year, Immortals Gaming Club, which manages the MIBR, has the right to contract two Yeah players for a pre-determined amount in exchange for an agreed annual fee regardless of whether they use this option. We come to the conclusion that the name Yeah Gaming could easily be replaced by MIBR Academy, MIBR Junior, MIBR B or any construction containing the word MIBR. Dead’s earlier declarations, his shallowing of the relationship between Yeah Gaming and MIBR, can be inserted between cartoons because they do not coincide with the facts.
Why didn’t Valve intervene? Despite my great sympathy for the Brazilian scene, their teams and players, this kind of “cooperation” is so acceptable only when two formations do not meet in the same competition. Admission of MIBR and Yeah Gaming to ESL One: Road to Rio is a mere lack of consistency by CS:GO developers. How can you not respect the standards you set? Public admission of conflict of interest does everything, that’s where it stops now?
Contradiction chases contradiction. I leave you with my thoughts, draw conclusions yourself.