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Twitch Tells US Army to stop sharing fake prize giveaway In Recruitment Ploy



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Twitch is cracking down on the US Army esports team channel, one that has come under fire over the past week, for sharing fake prize giveaways that ultimately send users to a recruitment page, according to The Verge.

The bait-and-switch approach was first reported on by The Nation, as the American military was using the practice as a recruitment tool for the Army.

The US Army, Navy, and Air Force all operate esports teams composed of gamers and military streamers that are made up of active and reserve personnel who use the Twitch platform to chat with viewers about various topics, including careers in the military.

“Esports is just an avenue to start a conversation,” Major-General Frank Muth, head of the army’s recruiting command, said in a recent interview with ThinkTech Hawaii. “We go out there and we have a shared passion for esports … and it naturally devolves into a conversation, ‘What do you do?’, ‘I’m in the army.’”

The twitch streams included the dropping of links into the chat that informed viewers that they could win and Xbox Elite Series 2 controller in a contest “giveaway” but the link would instead direct them to “a recruiting form with no additional mention of a contest, odds, total number of winners, or when a drawing will occur”, per the report.

According to Kotaku,  viewers, streamers, and game developers were outraged over the tactic, pointing out how other channels would face consequences from Twitch for acting in the same manner.

Furthermore, Kotaku goes on to say that Twitch is now forcing the Army to stop these giveaways.

“Per our Terms of Service, promotions on Twitch must comply with all applicable laws,” a spokesperson for streaming site told Kotaku. “This promotion did not comply with our Terms, and we have required them to remove it.”

But the Army’s esports team and twitch channel has other problems as well, that are not likely going away anytime soon and could come with some legal ramifications.




G2 Esports CEO On Unpaid Leave Following Sharing of Video with Andrew Tate



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G2 Esports CEO Carlos Rodriguez has agreed to take eight weeks of unpaid leave from the company following the sharing of a video on Twitter of himself partying with controversial creator Andrew Tate, who has been banned on platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook for violations of terms of services, including instances of hate speech and misogyny.

Rodriguez accompanied the 8-second video that featured Tate and himself with: “Yesterday we celebrated G2’s world championship.” The video prompted immediate backlash which has marred G2 Esports’ 2022 League of Legends European Championship spring season and summer season successes.

Rodriguez fired back at the criticism the video received: “Nobody will ever be able to police my friendships. I draw my line here. I party with whoever the fuck I want.”

G2 Esports issued the following on Sunday: “Last night we failed you. The actions of our CEO spoke a language in stark contrast with the value and the culture G2 lives by and strives for. And for that we apologize.

“Since our creation, we have worked hard to build a safe and inclusive environment to enjoy esports. These are just small steps in the right direction we need to take as a company. We’ll continue to do our best each and every day to improve ourselves and the industry at large.”

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple




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




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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