theScore esports Daily (May 15): Riot Games issues Echo Fox 60-day ultimatum, CS:GO economy system undergoes changes in latest patch while denis signs with BIG

by Devin Jones 7 months ago
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Riot Games issues Echo Fox an ultimatum

Riot Games has wrapped up its initial investigation into accusations of threats and racist language revolving around the Echo Fox organization.

The LCS began investigating the Echo Fox situation after an April 25th report from Dexerto writer Richard Lewis alleged that Echo Fox founder, Rick Fox, was set to cut all ties with the organization after threats and racist language were directed towards him and former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall.

"The LCS has concluded its preliminary investigation into the alleged comments made by a member of the Echo Fox ownership group. Hate speech, threats, and bigotry have no place in the LCS. We have directed Echo Fox to take appropriate corrective action within 60 days," wrote LCS commissioner Chris Greely.

Greely continued by writing "If Echo Fox does not take action by removing any individuals whose actions violate League rules and agreements within the required time period, the League will take formal action that may adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS."

Valve announces more changes to round loss bonus system

In a new series of patch notes, Valve recently announced changes to how the in-game round loss bonus system works.

In this latest update, round loss bonus cash is still capped at $3,400, but the round loss counter is now also capped at five. So, no matter how many consecutive round losses a team suffers, their bonus will always downgrade to $2,900 after a single round win.

This is theoretically a happy medium between the sweeping changes to the round loss bonus system earlier this year, and the old system, where round loss bonuses would be completely reset following a single round win.

Theoretically, this will stop losing teams from accumulating tons of cash and controlling the economy after winning a few rounds following a prolonged losing streak, while continuing to mitigate the effects of punishing hard economic resets.

denis signs with BIG CS:GO roster

Eight-time Major participant, Denis “denis” Howell has been signed to BIG, while long-time member Johannes “nex” Maget has moved to a substitute position to deal with lingering health issues.

"I am happy to announce that I will be joining BIG. I will step in big footsteps, but I will give my best to improve the team with some things I learned throughout the past years of my career. I am especially looking forward to working with old friends again, with whom I already worked in the past," denis wrote in a blog post on the BIG website.

Prior to joining BIG, denis played for numerous EU teams including PENTA Sports, mousesports, Seed and Sprout.

2019 has seen BIG post middling results, most recently placing 7-8th at IEM Sydney, losing 2-0 to mousesports.

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