Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Swamped with work or school? Enjoyed sun and beaches instead of staying on the internet 24/7? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.
The International is once again the highest-paying esports event in history. TI9 has been chasing Fortnite World Cup’s $30M for some time now but on Sunday evening it finally passed it!
It has been a rollercoaster of a week for the Forward Gaming boys. Days after they qualified for TI9, Forward Gaming closed operations, leaving the players stranded. Fortunately for them, Chinese team Newbee saw in that an opportunity to go to TI after all and acquired them this Thursday — even if it’s only for the tournament.
Swedish CS:GO player Robin “Fifflaren” Johannson recently shed light on the ugly side of playing for NiP during his active days. The player spoke about mistreatment, payment mishaps and more, and laid out a lot of information in an interview with Richard Lewis. Other former NiP players like Richard “xizt” Landström and Adam “friberg” Friberg also spoke out in support of Fifflaren’s statements. In addition, current NiP CEO Hicham Chahine vowed to fix all wrongdoings done by previous management.
Although rumors about Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe joining MIBR have been circulating, talks haven’t even started yet, sources told VPEsports. It is still not certain if the young talent will be the one to replace Marcelo “coldzera” David on the struggling MIBR and there are several issues ahead of the deal — including kNgV acquiring a proper work visa.
Echo Fox will be selling their LCS slot after failing to remove racist minority co-owner Amit Raizada in the given time frame. Echo Fox couldn’t keep neither the initial 60-day deadline, nor the subsequent seven-day extension and will have to leave the LoL esports scene. They’ll still get something in return, though, as Arsenal owner — Kroenke Sports & Entertainment — will pay $30M for the LCS slot.
Veteran caster and former StarCraft pro Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson passed away last Saturday, aged only 33. According to updates from the family, Robinson passed away painlessly from a blood clot in his lungs while being out with friends.