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Navy Esports Team Resuming Twitch Streaming

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After the initial fiasco that saw trolling put a pause to the Twitch streams of the Navy Esports Team, they will be resuming their streams on Twitch.

Goats & Glory will resume streaming on the Navy’s Twitch channel Friday night. This comes after claims surfaced that the esports team was violating free speech by banning chatters who raised questions about war crimes.

Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, the head of Navy Recruiting Command, decided to pause the streaming back on July 23rd as Velez said that users were “spamming” the Navy’s channel.

“There were a few folks who are going [into the channel] and just bringing up issues … not allowing conversations to take place,” Velez said, according to Military.com. “These are young sailors on the channel, and we wanted to make sure that they were comfortable.”

The fallout led to claims that of possible First Amendment violations.

“We follow the Twitch rules for moderation,” Velez said. “You have to have some policies in place … on moderated discussions [because] it’s pretty easy for anyone to hijack the conversation and not allow people to ask questions.”

While new in the world of esports teams and esports players, the Navy has had to clarify what their intentions truly were, and they claim it isn’t to recruit people, but for the sailors streaming to inform young people about life in the Navy and the military lifestyle.

If you were to watch one of our streaming sessions, you would see a sailor wearing a Navy esports jersey with the Navy logo on the front and the American flag on the back,” Velez said. “… As they’re playing a game, they’re having discussions with fans and the folks that are watching. They are there to answer questions about the Navy.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, unsuccessfully tried to impose a ban on the military using services and platforms such as Twitch as a recruiting tool, but she was right on the money that that kind of activity needs to be kept away from platforms.

“These are not education outreach programs for the military,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“At the end of the day, the most important thing is allowing young sailors to talk about the things they have done,” Velez said. “It’s a powerful way to communicate to people that may not know anything about the Navy.”

 

 

 

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple

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NAVI is getting set to release a documentary that will follow s1mple’s life and explore his “ups and downs” as one of the most recognizable esports players with insight from former and current teammates, his family, commentators, analysts, and “many others” from the industry.

“I remember the time when we just signed a contract in 2016,” NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in an official press release. “Honestly, now it’s hard to believe that it was already five years ago. For the esports industry, five years is quite a long period of time.”

“S1mple is a legend not only for NAVI but for esports in general,” co-founder and CEO of DMarket Vlad Panchenko said. “Therefore, the items that will be dropping during the NAVI watch party stream are also legendary and unique.”

DMarket has created a “unique drop-game” with exclusive items dedicated to s1mple to coincide with the release of the doc, and Natus Vincerewill be premiering a documentary about him on Twitch next month, to celebrate his fifth year with the brand.

Additionally, a NAVI watch party is also set for the doc, set to air on one of their upcoming twitch streams set to take place on September 8th at 11am CT.

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Pengu Retires From Rainbow Six, Focusing on Content Creation

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Niclas ‘Pengu’ Mouritzen, who made a name for himself in the Rainbow Six universe and is considered one of the best players in the world, has officially announced his retirement from the game so that he can focus his attention on content creation.

“It’s been FIVE years. Five years of living my childhood dream, and getting to experience the most incredible things. I have stepped down as an active pro league player active as of this tweet,” Pengu said in a statement issued on his official Twitter page. “I can’t wait to show you what the future holds. But for now, we gotta be patient.”

G2 released a video to honor his contributions to the team, and his incredible career.

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Astralis Mid Laner ‘Nukeduck’ Steps Away from LEC Starting Lineup

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Astralis Mid Laner Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm is stepping away from the LEC starting lineup due to “personal reasons”, according to DOT Esports.

In a corresponding move, Astralis is currently in talks with other midlaners outside of the LEC, with free agent such as Felix “MagiFelix” Boström being among the names. MagiFelix parted ways with Fnatic last November.

Currently, Astralis has only one victory on the LEC, and is tied for ninth place with team Vitality, posting a 1-6 record over the first three weeks of competition.

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