Tempo Storm acquire Games Academy

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Tempo Storm has returned to competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by picking up the Brazilian squad, Games Academy.

The entirety of Games Academy's roster will be moving over to the North American organization, which includes the brothers, Henrique "hen1" Teles and Lucas "lucas1" Teles, the team's AWPer and entry fragger respectively, Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves, the team's lurker, and João "felps" Vasconcellos, the team's secondary entry fragger.

Last but not least is former Luminosity Gaming player Ricardo "boltz" Prass, a Majors veteran and the team's support player. The team will also keep their in-game leader and coach in Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu.

The team formerly known as Games Academy recently clutched the Americas Last Chance qualifier and will be competing in the upcoming qualifier for the MLG Major Championships: Columbus.

Tempo Storm's first foray into CS:GO was on March 31 when they picked up the North American squad Ascendancy, a team that was full of unknown but promising players. They ended the ESEA Season 18: North American Premier Division with a flawless 16-0 standing, however they were outclassed when they entered competitions with the top tier teams. They went through a number of roster changes before dropping the team on Aug. 13, following poor performances.

Ahead of the MLG Major qualifiers, the team took the time to speak to theScore eSports, talking about how being part of Tempo Storm will motivate them, their expectations at the MLG Major and their continued connection with Luminosity Gaming's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.

For those who may not be familiar with your lineup yet, can all five of you introduce yourselves and tell us what your role is on the team?

Henrique "hen1" Teles and Lucas "lucas1" Teles: 20-years-old twin brothers, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2014 and they are former players of Kabum.TD. Hen1 is the main AWPer and Lucas is our main entry killer.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass: 18-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Keyd Stars and Luminosity. He's the support on our team.

João "felps" Vasconcellos: 19-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Keyd Stars. He's our secondary entry killer.

Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves: 18-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Games Academy. He's our lurker and also secondary support.

Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu: 27-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2010 and is a former player of Team Yeah and ProGaming.TD. He's the captain in-game and our coach.

What made you choose Tempo Storm to be your new home? Why not stay with a South American organization?

After a couple months of hard work in the USA, leaving our family and friends behind in Brazil, we found a “new home” for us and it's a huge pleasure to represent a well known and big organization as Tempo Storm, together with all their sponsors.

Unfortunately the CS:GO scene in South America is not as huge as it is in NA and Europe nowadays. There are not many organizations that could give us the support that we need to play at a high level and compete against the best teams in the world.

That's why we have been with Games Academy since 2015 and we are very thankful for all the support that they gave to us until today, because without Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Ricardo "Dead" Sinigaglia, Camila and all the Games Academy staff members, nothing of this would have happened.

We are very prepared and motivated for the upcoming events to show all our potential with our new organization.

Now that you are represented by Tempo Storm, what are your chances of being invited into Turner’s ELeague?

Playing Turner's ELeague would be a dream coming true for us, just like it is nowadays to qualify for the upcoming Major. Being invited to big tournaments depends on our next results as a team, we know that we still have a lot of work to do with this new lineup and we are already working hard to be able to compete at these important tournaments.

Turner's ELeague will be the first televised league for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

What changes, if any, will come to the team now that they are part of Tempo Storm?

We always took the game seriously and played as professionals and being part of Tempo Storm just gives us a lot more motivation and more support to play.

We know that now being part of a professional organization means that we have more responsibilities and we need to represent them well. That's also a big part of our goal now, show Tempo Storm that they made the right choice on picking us and that we will give our blood to represent them well and to achieve our goals.

Can you describe to us in your own words what Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo brought to the Games Academy team? Will he remain as a mentor now that you guys are part of Tempo Storm?

FalleN is important and means a lot to us. He's the owner of [Games Academy] together with Ricardo ("Dead") and Camila (Ricardo's wife), they are the ones that gave us the opportunity to grow as a team and to be professional Counter-Strike players.

FalleN always helped us, especially at hard times; he always believed in us. We hope that he's still gonna be able to keep helping us because he has a lot of experience together with his team and since we live close to each other that helps a lot so we can share experiences and practice together.

Luminosity Gaming's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, as the CEO of Games Academy, has served as a mentor to the players and may continue to do so

When Lincoln "fnx" Lau and Tacio "TACO" Pessoa left the team to go to Luminosity Gaming did you foresee their success?

Definitely yes. Both have a lot of talent, love the game and wants to get better and better everyday. TACO is really dedicated and he's going to improve even more in LG, with some time and more experience he's gonna be a key player for LG.

Talking about fnx, he's a guy that never gives up on his wishes. Everyone knows he has a lot of talent since CS 1.6 and once he says that he wants to be the best, you have to believe this guy because he has a lot of passion for this game and he is already proving he is very important and responsible for LG's great performances recently.

What does Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu as a coach bring to the team? How does he compare to Wilton “zews” Prado?

Peace, as we call him, brings a lot of confidence for our team by releasing pressure on us and studying our opponents since he is not only coaching but our in-game leader as well so we trust him a lot. He's been a player for a long time with a lot of experience so he's helping us a lot to improve our game style and to calm us down during our matches.

Comparing him to zews is pretty hard, both of them know a lot about the game and it’s just a matter of time till [peacemaker] becomes as great a coach as Zews already is; peace is already on his way more quickly than we thought.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass is a veteran of the Luminosity Gaming lineup, how does his experience (having attended and placed Top 8 at the Majors) play into your team’s confidence and what kind of leadership does he bring to the squad?

Boltz is a key addiction to our team, he's a young talent with a lot of potential and after all that happened to him he seems more motivated than ever to work harder for our team. His Majors experiences, together with a lot of practice against the best teams in Europe, helps us a lot to improve our game play. It's like taking a shortcut to success and we are very happy with his attitude and performances lately.

Former Keyd Stars and Luminosity player, Ricardo "boltz" Prass, now finds himself representing Tempo Storm

Many consider your lineup as one that has the potential to rise to the top of the Americas CS:GO scene. Do these expectations put any pressure on you guys to perform immediately?

These expectations don't affect us at all, we know where we are and where we want to be in the next months.

Put some hard work together and find chemistry in the team and you will achieve your goals sooner or later, that's how it works with us.

How strong do you think your team is when comparing yourselves to the top North American lineups?

Even though this is a new lineup, we don't fear any of them and we think that we are very prepared to compete against any of them. In the next tournaments, we will show what kind of damage we can do to them.

How does the team feel going into the MLG Major qualifier? Do you believe you can achieve a Top 8 finish to compete in the Major itself?

Honestly, nobody ever thought or believed that we would win the Last Chance Qualifier, not like we care about it, but we feel good that nobody believes that we can do things, just gives us more motivation to achieve our goals.

We are feeling confident and working hard to compete against any of those teams at the qualifier, but we also know that it’s gonna be a lot harder than any other tournament that we ever played before, so we have to play our A game and then we will see what happens.

What preparations are being made for the qualifier? Are you guys trying anything new?

We are practicing around five hours a day against teams and the rest we watch our demos together, discuss new tactical things, study our possible opponents and the rest of the time we take care of our individual performances and relax some. We will always have an ace up our sleeves to try to surprise our opponents.

What is the one team you don't want to face in the qualifier?

We don't fear anyone, all the teams have a lot of potential and deserve to be there, but based on the recent events, Dignitas proved to be playing their A game, winning against some of the best teams in the world, so if we have to face them I think that it would be a hell of a match!

Team Dignitas's Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye at the ESL ONE Cologne European qualifiers

Luminosity Gaming has been one of the "Legend" teams at the Majors since ESL One: Cologne 2015, does that motivate you guys to achieve the same?

Of course, they shared with us their experiences about how they became challengers since the beginning with Keyd Stars. That helps us to know how we should act and what we need to do to succeed as they did.

Your team is the only South American team in the MLG qualifier, but if you achieve top 8, there will be two SA teams (along with Luminosity) at a Major for the first time ever. Does that motivate the team also? What could that achievement bring to the SA scene?

We know how important it is for the growth of Counter-Strike in South America, to give them more investments, tournaments and opportunities in general. South America's community is huge and completely loves the game, the fact that [we could be] the second Brazilian and South American team able to qualify for the Major is already very important.

For us it would be a dream come true; we know how important this qualifier is and that's one of the reasons why we're working harder than ever.

What are your goals for the 2016 year? Are there any tournaments/leagues that you would like to be apart of?

Our main goals for 2016 is to qualify for this upcoming Major, then we want to be in ESEA Pro League at next season. We also want to play all the important tournaments around the world like DreamHack's, IEM's, FACEIT Finals, PGL's and every other tournament that we're able to compete against the best teams in the world.

If we got the opportunity to compete at Turner's E-League this season, or in the next, it would be a dream come true for us; we will work hard to get there as well!

Dennis Gonzales is a news editor for theScore eSports who enjoys whiskey, Dungeon & Dragons and first-picking Timbersaw Windranger Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle. You can follow him on Twitter.

Immortals, Cloud9 qualify for ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier

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Immortals and Cloud9 are the last two teams to teams to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier.

Immortals qualified through the Americas Minor Championship Atlanta 2017 winner's bracket, after taking a 2-0 win over Cloud9. IMT took two 16-11 games, one on Cobble and the other on Dust II, winning the latter map very quickly after leading 10-5 at the half.

Cloud9 rallied in the losers' bracket, qualifying with a swift 2-0 of their own over Team SoloMid. After going up 12-3 at the half, C9 completely shut out TSM's T-side, closing the map 16-3. Cache was a little closer. Despite C9's 11-4 lead at the half, TSM bounced back to take eight rounds before C9 managed to close things out 16-12.

IMT and C9 join Team Dignitas, FaZe Clan, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Counter Logic Gaming, Team EnVyUs, G2 Epsports, OpTic Gaming, TyLoo, Renegades, Vega Squadron, Team Spirit, GODSENT and HellRaisers at the offline qualifier, where the 16 teams will fight for a spot at the ELEAGUE Major in January. Eight of the aforementioned 16 teams will move on to the Major.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Immortals defeat Cloud9 at iBUYPOWER Masters

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Immortals have won iBUYPOWER Masters 2016 with a 2-1 Grand Final victory over Cloud9, earning $20,000 and a guaranteed spot at Intel Extreme Masters Oakland.

The Brazilian squad took Cache 16-6 and started the series off strong. Immortals' Ricardo "boltz" Prass ultimately finished at 22-11 after a sneaky quad kill in the first pistol round, while Henrique "HEN1" Teles went 24-11.

Cloud9 fought back on Train, taking it 16-8. Timothy "autimatic" Ta led his team with a 26-18 finish.

Mirage was closer, but ultimately went to Immortals 16-12 to close out the series. Both João "felps" Vasconcellos and Ricardo "boltz" Prass stepped up for their team, doing the lion's share of the damage to Cloud9. autimatic continued his strong play for C9, including a quad kill to secure his team's 12th round win, but it wasn't quite enough.

The win showed some of the continued growth of Immortals' roster after swapping out Wilton "zews" Prado in favor of Lucas "steel" Lopes. In an interview with HLTV.org's Milan "Striker" Švejda, coach Rafael "zakk" Fernandes said that he felt the team was doing well since the change.

"We switched zews and not everyone was okay with that in the team, but we did and steel is doing a great job and fits perfectly in our team," he said. "It looks like everything is working well, and it's probably going to work better in the future when we have time to prepare ourselves better than for this event."

Both C9 and IMT won their groups with 2-0 records, but the tournament format meant that they immediately played each other in the grand final instead of being seeded into a semifinal round.

For finishing second, C9 also earn a spot at IEM Oakland and $15,000. TyLoo and FaZe Clan, who finished 3rd-4th after taking second in their groups with 2-1 records, earned $12,500 and will also guarantee themselves spots at IEM Oakland.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Sadokist on Movember: 'The gaming community at large is very supportive of one another'

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To the CS:GO community’s surprise, a campaign for Movember appeared on Oct. 29, created by Drop The Bomb’s Matthew ‘Sadokist’ Trivett and Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer, and Room on Fire’s Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole. The team immediately enlisted the help of their friends (casters/players) and soon after, the CS:GO community. In 31 hours, the campaign reached £20,000 (approximately $25,000 USD) — hitting multiple goals, and eventually closed out at £21,578 (approximately $36,000 USD) on Nov. 30 with a national rank of second place in the United Kingdom.

The campaign goals were as follows:

To catch up on his thoughts about the campaign, theScore esports sat down with Sadokist to collect his thoughts on the fundraising efforts, how it was locking lips with HenryG, and why Sadokist loves the CS:GO community.

Tell me, what inspired you to start a Movember campaign?

The weird thing is I’ve always participated in it at home with friends but never really done the fundraising aspect of it which a lot of people cop out on, and Henry and I were kind of joking around about how bad we are at growing facial hair, moreso him obviously it showed and we just kind of thought if we are going to do it, if we're going to mess around and see if we wanted the excuse to grow it out let's just properly do it for Movember and see what we get out of it.

And then we got thinking about it as we got closer to the date, the more we committed ourselves to it, the more we realized we had massive potential to do a lot more with the reach that we have with social media, and a community that is pretty supportive of each other, we thought we’d give it a shot. We thought that if everyone collected together there is no reason that Counter-Strike couldn’t be one of the top global donors and that proved to be true. I think we raised about £20,000 (approximately $25,000 USD) in the first day.

I noticed that you made a tweet at iJustine back in 2011 about a Movember campaign that you were doing, so does this go back to maybe one of the first times you did a Movember campaign?

I’ve always, kind of like I said, been involved with it at various times, but never really took the full initiative to recruit and put other people into the position where they can fundraise with me. I've always been a supporter of people growing them out, but I’ve always been that kind of guy that I feel didn't do enough on the fundraising side and more just had fun growing out my facial hair. This is only the second year that I’ve actually tried to recruit money or push people in a direction to donate money.

Have you shaved off your moustache or are you still rocking it?

It’s gone! I got rid of it yesterday morning. I did take one more picture that I am going to make a post with before I got rid of it, but I had to lose it. It had to go, it was getting very itchy, it was getting disproportionate, and I am the kind of person who is inexperienced with facial hair, so I don’t know how to trim it. And eventually it gets to a point where it needs to be trimmed and I just shaved it off.

Has anyone else kept theirs?

A lot of guys cheated and got rid of it during the month. I know Moses got rid of his and then grew it back out in the form of a beard around it, I know Janko got rid of his pretty early, Machine got rid of his, SPUNJ ditched his, I think the only person that potentially could still have it is Semmler and I haven't talked to him in a few days.

Were you surprised by the community’s quick involvement? Emotionally, how did you feel seeing the support from all of your friends and the community?

I was actually really impressed and pleasantly surprised with how well we did in the first day, and it showed that we have a very supportive community. When we were in Brazil at Pro League, we did the stretch goals and it was an overwhelming success I think. We were a little worried when we first started actually because it was really slow to start, and we had all these goals lined up and we thought, "Aw we’re gonna look like idiots cause we're not going to hit any of these… this is a disaster, it’s going to be a failure!"

And then it kind of took off and then ESL got behind it and let us get on the stage and promote it and when that happened, then we started really getting the donations rolling in and at one point we actually crashed the Movember website and we were really proud of that and then we all kind of got really busy and didn’t really do much more beyond that and that is partly on me I have to take blame for that, but overall the community was really good.

Before the campaign started, you guys had all of these stretch goals. Which goals were you hoping to hit the most?

I really wanted to achieve the tattoo on Henry’s ass because that is such a stupid thing for him to wager, and I really wanted him to regret that, but smartly he put that well out of reach. And I was a little worried about hitting the prostate exam although I haven't done it yet, but I’m not that worried about it, but as soon as we hit that, then we had to get Alex waxed. If it had to stay under 15K, I wouldn’t have donated and said, "Oh guys guess what, I don’t have to do that’ but as soon as it went over, I was like alright Alex, you’re done."

Within the ideal donation amounts, would you say Alex getting waxed was a goal you wanted to hit?

Yeah, I would think that Alex getting waxed is the winner.

So about the prostate exam, and with the stretch goal achieved, you are getting one. But, is anyone else on the team getting one because Movember is about bringing awareness to getting checked?

Ugh no! It was my punishment, I’m the one that has to do it ... There is a good cause behind it obviously, but it's more the experience of going through it, and going into an awkward situation where I’m going to be on camera for part of it, I think the harder part is trying to organize it in a way that we can actually achieve it, so we were trying to do it in the States, but didn’t actually manage to do so because we couldn’t find anyone that would do it on such short notice, and obviously we have to pay for that down there without insurance so the next solution is that I may potentially try to do it over the Christmas holidays in Canada and get it done, get it over with and go from there. We definitely have to do it, we raised the money so that's a must, and that's the only one I think that hasn't actually happened out of all the [goals] that were reached. Everything else has definitely happened. We have video of Alex getting waxed that we have to get together, I’ve got it sitting here on a hard drive and we go from there.

Your national ranking ended up being #2 in the UK, right behind BLOOM TACHE who raised £25,869 (approximately $33,000 USD) so far. How does it make you feel to know that your team and the community was able to reach such an achievement?

Really really good. We are really proud of where it ended up and I think that it shows that the gaming community at large is very supportive of one another, and this is something that potentially we can take forward into the next few years. I would like to see it grow into an esports initiative at large so you can get into other esports as well and then really see how much we can raise.

At the same time, I have to say, and I take responsibility for this, because we were suppose to get the players involved and I was the liaison between the players and it was kind of me that reached out to everyone, and I went on vacation for two weeks and was in a very different timezone. I was in Asia, so it was hard to get ahold of everyone and we kind of dropped the ball there. We raised what we raised pretty much over the course of 24 hours. It would be incredible to think if we had to come up with the second set of stretch goals and got the players out there for Oakland or sometime around that time, how much we could’ve actually raised. We actually started off #1 in the world, so finishing #2 in the UK region is still very impressive but … I think we could’ve done a lot more.

Speaking to the goal ideas, how did you get everyone to agree and how did you come up with these wacky and fun ideas?

We are all really good friends and we all know each other so it’s more about challenging each other. I think most of the ideas were actually created by Henry and Moses brainstorming while we were in Brazil. So they came up with most of them, kind of threw them in the idea basket, if one of them was really offside or seemed like too much, we balanced it out by either taking it out or putting in something else for someone else to do that was super offside so it was all fair in the end. We’re all pretty good sports, we’re all pretty easy going and easy to get along with so it worked out quite well in that sense.

What did you think about FalleN donating his MVP award to the cause and Paysafe matching the award? The Movember Twitter also endorsed it.

That was awesome. FalleN’s really really good for the community, he always has been a really stand up guy. I think part of that was that he felt [laughs] he was a fan voted MVP, he felt he didn’t really achieve the MVP in that tournament outright, so maybe it was … out of his conscience, I think he would’ve done it regardless. I think he’s the kind of guy that is willing to support people who are doing good things. He was one of the first players to give us his grace when we threw the idea at the teams, so really really good on him and the fact that Paysafe were able to double that was even cooler, I didn’t expect that at all, so awesome on their part.

So, Matthew, tell me, how was it like locking lips with Henry?

So oddly enough, we said that would be the most memorable one. Like if that happens, everyone's been asking, it will be the one that everyone will talk about. And everyone was like, “Aw come on, no way it won’t be, that’s nothing,” and they wanted us to put it at 2K or something silly. And I was like, “No way, like that is a 10K minimum!” And everyone thought I was crazy and eventually I talked ‘em into it and thank god I did because I think that a lot of people really donated to see that. A lot of people donated to see a lot of different things but that was the one where I was constantly getting hounded on.

And when the kiss itself showed up, I was barely ready. I barely had my mic up and my face turned and Henry was already like attacking me. I don’t even think I had time to get my lips closed, and I thought I’d like put my hand around his back to make it kind of romantic, but I actually had to push him off me in the end, so I think he thought we were playing a game of chicken and didn’t want to lose and I just really wanted it over with hence why I switched back to talking about Cloud9 in finals immediately after.

Hypothetically, say you were to give out awards to your Movember team, who would you crown your MVP, Team Player and Mo Bro?

I would say our MVP was probably Henry because he had to orchestrate the page and put it all together and then he also brought — I mean not to discredit Moses, I think he did a really good job as well… actually I would say our full-on MVPs are the people in the background ... Dan, our graphic designer for Drop The Bomb, Leanna, our social media girl for Drop The Bomb, and Phil who does all that stuff for Room on Fire, and they were constantly communicating and making the graphics, making sure things were updated as we went along during that drive. I think they were really really pleased with how it all turned out, I think they did a lot of work to make it look a lot more official on our behalf — they were good and like I say Henry and Moses did a lot of work too.

I would say Alex was a team player. For having the pink nails and getting waxed.

Whose idea was the pink nails and wax?

Pink nails was mine, and the waxing I think… they were talking about waxing Chad’s legs, obviously that was the first one and then they just jokingly said take it a step further and then they threw it at Alex because everyone likes to pick on him a little bit, and then I said, “Well, we will call it the Brazilian in Brazil,” because we were starting in Brazil, so I think it was just a collective idea that we all kind of came up with based on Chad’s idea of waxing his legs.

[Mo Bro of the Year], I’d give that to Semmler.

Yeah actually for sure, that would make sense because he kept his ‘stache!


You’ve been home for some time. How have you been enjoying this break?

It’s been really good. The first couple of days I was really productive. Went to the gym, took care of some banking information, walked around did some stuff I had to do, was out playing with my dog, and now I don’t even know what to do with myself. I’ve been playing a lot of racing games lately, trying to get my hands dirty a little bit which coincides with something that is coming up in the new year, so I’ve been trying to break off the rust in the ‘ol simulation world. Now I’m just kind of chilling out and I leave [soon] and head back down to ECS and then an event immediately after that, which isn’t announced yet, so it’s pretty good that that’ll close out the year. It’s been relaxing to say the least.

Any final thoughts?

I think overall I’d like to see what we can do with [Movember] in the future. It definitely was a big undertaking with how busy that we are and I definitely accept responsibility for perhaps not following through on what we wanted to do with the players and I apologize mostly to the players who were waiting for me to coordinate and confirm that. But, overall I think no one can be upset with how this went.

I think it was a pretty large success and i think we definitely proved to a lot of people that esports can be a very good collective community in many many ways up to fundraising and so on. The other cool thing that I think happened out of this is that the Movember community for example, to kind of back on what I just said, took notice of us and was like, "Yeah we don’t really follow competitive esports but we will definitely keep an eye out for it now because you guys are obviously a pretty large community." I think the more we do stuff like that, the more the mainstream media will have less negative to say about us perhaps, it could be a really good thing in PR in terms of the gaming community.

Navneet Randhawa does stuff and things at theScore esports. She did not grow out a 'stache, but she did donate to the cause! You can follow her on Twitter.

Nick Carter says he started playing Half-Life while recording 'I Want It That Way'

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Nick Carter can see that we're falling apart from the way that it used to be.


But no matter the distance to his gaming past, he wants you to know: it all started in a dark room in Sweden.

The Backstreet Boys singer took to Twitter Thursday to throw down the gauntlet to Ninjas in Pyjamas and explain his past in competitive gaming.

In a follow-up tweet, Carter said that he had started playing Half-Life while the band was recording "I Want It That Way" in Stockholm, Sweden, often staying up until 3 a.m.

The track was recorded in November 1998, as part of their third studio album, Millennium, becoming the title track in that 1999 release.

It seems that the young Carter was something of a video game enthusiast, as Half-Life had released on Nov. 19, 1998 in North America and did not release in Europe for another eight days.

Another tweet from Carter explores the idea that he may "have to recruit and bring out some of the old dogs to put a beat down on these wannabe gamers."

It's still unclear if Backstreet will be back in the realm of esports with a CS:GO team, or if they're just playing games with our hearts.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Rogue sign minet as coach

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Rogue have signed former CS 1.6 legend Oliver "minet" Minet as their coach, according to a press release on Wednesday.

“Going 3 months back when our team was formed with it's initial roster we had problems, problems which were apparent to everyone in the team," team manager Hampus Johansson said in the press release. "Later on we realized that to fix these problems two things were needed, a roster change and a working coach.

"After the roster changes were done we approached minet for the position as a coach and we feel like he is a good fit for the team. We hope to have a long and healthy relationship and we're excited to keep improving."

According to the team's press release, minet was first approached two months ago after the team's disappointing 25-32nd finish at eSports World Convention 2016. And has coached the team during their boot camp for Acer Predator Masters Season 3, where they placed third.

minet is best known for being part of mTw's CS 1.6 squad, playing alongside Danny "zonic" Sørensen, who is now Astralis' coach, in late 2009 until 2011. In that period he's won DreamHack Winter 2010 and placed second in a bevy of premier tournaments.

He's not seen the same amount of success in CS:GO so far, having played with nerdRage and coaching Hydras Esport, but Rogue is another chapter for the player.

“I was approached by Rogue very closely after their disappointment at ESWC. We didn't all know each other, so that was an important thing to make sure, that we all got along and that I would actually have something with merit to say," minet said in the team's press release.

"I'm very happy to be a part of Rogue officially, even though they've been treating me like family from the get go. I hope this will be a fruitful development for all, especially the players.”

Here's what Rogue's lineup looks like now

  • Casper "cadiaN" Møller
  • Nicolai "glace" Jensen
  • Jesper "tenzki" Mikalski
  • Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov
  • Viktor "V1c7oR" Dyankov
  • Oliver "minet" Minet (coach)

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.

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