Hello there HLTV.org. The whole dramapart of this might be uninteresting to you, if that's the case you can stop reading as I'll write the only thing in here that you might feel is important:
CS:GO is going free 2 play
Anyways, I feel that I've been treated pretty badly by one of the more important persons in Swedish e-sports, and I would like to expose this behavior as I hope that it'll "save" others from experiencing the same thing, and also because I would like to make e-sports a bit more professional as I believe that the events that've occurred today are embarrassingly unprofessional, which saddens me as I've always thought that NiP was one of the more "serious" organizations (you can thank Peter Hedlund and his nice clothes for that).
I was on my way to school around 9-10 AM, slightly (very) late and kind of stressed as I was in a hurry to a test. I then got a phonecall. I assumed that it was my teacher who wondered where I was so I answered, but it turned out to be fiskoo, one of the managers for NiP Gaming (I'm not sure what his exact position is).
You might wonder why this man called me. I wondered the same thing. Even though I heard exactly what he said when he introduced himself, I had to ask who he was again to make him repeat it as I was very surprised. After the conversation I looked up the phonenumber to confirm that it actually was fiskoo, and it was (and no, i'm not going to prove this by posting his phonenumber).
He called me because of a comment I made in a recent newspost about HeatoN/Valve's expansion plans. I posted this picture in that comment:http://i.imgur.com/JJ9DHyt.png
He politely asked me to remove this picture, and also explained that if I wouldn't, he'd file a police report. Sure, I would've had no problem with doing that, the problem is that you can't edit or remove your comments after the first 10 minutes so I told him that it simply isn't possible.
When I said that, the conversation went from a polite conversation to a pretty aggressive one where he with an angry voice questioned my actions. This was before he told me that he was recording the phone call, so I became a bit too defensive and basically said "How can you be so dumb that you tell "sensitive" information to a random 15-year old on the internet", and I apologize for this, but I don't think that throwing accusations in a 15-year olds face as a 39-year old is a good thing to do as it's pretty obvious that I won't be able to act mature to 100% (after this I feel like I responded pretty well to everything though, I simply explained my standpoint and stood my ground without yelling etc. He has the phone call recorded so if he wants to upload I don't have anything against that, in fact I heavily encourage that).
As it was several hours ago I don't want too go too in-depth about what was said in the phone call as I'd most likely get it wrong somewhere which would either make him or me look better/worse then we were in that phone call.
So what does the Swedish text in the picture mean? I was told that I revealed sensitive information that he gave too me in trust, is that true? Lets find out.
The first part is rather uninteresting so I won't translate it word for word, but he tells his name, says what companies he owns together with HeatoN and he also says which companies he helps with "stratetic sponsorship questions". He also tells me that he has arranged several events and that he'll arrange two big events in LoL and DotA 2 this year (he doesn't give anymore info about it though).
Okay, so far so good, I haven't revealed anything confidential. The boxed sentences are interesting though, they translate too:
"I also have a close cooperation with Valve regarding their in-house beta for CS:GO. I also cooperate with them in the project to convert GO to F2P".
Too explain why I didn't think this was a big deal, we'll have to go to the last sentences which translates too:
"I'd be happy if you didn't mention this in public because I don't like to display my name. Fakenicks are good sometimes :)"
The way I comprehended this was that he didn't want his nickname out in the public as fakenicks are useful (as you can see in his post history as he post ads for his companies under a pseudonym :P). I left his nickname out of the picture out of respect, this was the only thing I thought that he didn't want in the public.
I didn't at ALL think that CS:GO going F2P was so insanely "schh-schh" as I never thought he'd tell me if that was the case. As you can see from the picture below, I NEVER ASKED for this information NOR DID I AGREE TO KEEP IT SECRET. I also think that the fact that I didn't do anything for several months proves that I simply didn't care about it all, but just casually mentioned it when I saw HeatoN's interview.http://i.imgur.com/odNzxzE.png
Why did we write to eachother in the first placE? We had an argument on HLTV.org, he acted like he was "all-that" and famous and shit so I wanted to know who he was, he told me in a PM (and a bunch of stuff that was supersecret apparently, unfortunately I only learned this when he told me that he would file a police report).
I find this to be extremely unprofessional, not only does he reveal secret information to a random 15 year old, he doesn't even get me too realize that it is super secret and he doesn't give me an NDA or anything to sign. I've signed NDA's before so I know what purposes they serve, so I asked him if I had signed an NDA with NiP/Valve. I was told that this doesn't matter and that even if it does, he doesn't care if I get any form of punishment as he just wants to report me, personally I think this was an attempt to blackmail me in to removing this pic as he might've thought that it made him look unprofessional.
If there's any lawyer here on HLTV.org, please let me know if I did anything illegal by revealing information I didn't agree to get/keep secret, information I didn't know was secret.
Also I'm not even sure if it is legal to record phone calls, especially when I don't know i'm being recorded on 1/3 of the recording? No matter what I don't think that's a nice move.. EDIT: This is legal.
This might just come of as a huge rant, but I hope that this encourages the NiP-guys to be a bit more professional in the future, both when it comes to management of sensitive information and in the way you handle leaks when they appear. I felt very attacked and actually pretty insulted by it all, therefore I decided to write this blog. I definitely wouldn't have if HeatoN called and asked me nicely as the fanboy in me wouldn't have been able to resist ;)
There's always two sides to a story, so I hope that Fiskoo uploads our conversation so you can decide for yourselves who's in the right/wrong.