Jordi Roig of RFRSH: "We have an open dialogue with Valve, they don't want everything ending up in the hands of one company"

We talked to Jordi Roig, VP of Commercial Development and Partnerships at RFRSH Entertainment, about BLAST Pro Series, Astralis, and some of the hot topics surrounding the tournament organizer and its team.

We had the chance to sit down with RFRSH Entertainment's VP of Commercial Development and Partnerships, Jordi Roig, who was also the first person hired by RFRSH during the time it was starting to set up its Counter-Strike team, Astralis, and tournament circuit, BLAST Pro Series.

Jordi Roig, VP of Commercial Development and Partnerships at RFRSH Entertainment
(Photo courtesy of RFRSH Entertainment)

In the interview, we went over the allegations of a conflict of interest as Astralis competes in a tournament circuit ran by their parent company, RFRSH Entertainment, the partnership system in BLAST Pro Series, and had a discussion about open and closed circuits, as well as the always threatening exclusivity deals and what Valve thinks about them, among other topics which can be read in the interview below.

Let's get right into it, a lot of accusations have been flying around about Astralis prioritizing BLAST events over other tournament organizers...

That's easy, the 2019 season has seven teams, seven partnered teams, and those seven teams have to play five out of the seven tournaments we're putting together. We're currently working on a schedule with the teams and every team chooses which tournaments they want to play in or don't want to play in. In a week or so, I hope the calendar will be locked for all teams and all tournaments until the end of the year.

There's no preferential treatment, what we want is that when the team comes to play these events they're fresh and ready to compete. We don't advocate for them to play too much, like what happened with MIBR now, who traveled to China, then Brazil, then back to China, now Miami... That's hurting them a lot. They don't have time to practice, to relax, and we're not seeing the best version of that team now. We want strong and competitive teams, and we want teams that look out for that.

That's why our format is short, they come on Wednesday and leave on Sunday, and with seven tournaments—of which they only have to play five—, it's good for us because we have teams rotating. The teams are happy because they don't have to play every single one of the tournaments to be a partner. When people criticize what we're doing it's because they don't know what's happening, but in a week we'll have the calendar for the whole season and everyone will see that Astralis won't be at two of the tournaments, FaZe won't be at two of the tournaments, and so on.

Another one of the topics being talked about is that RFRSH has a closed circuit that only certain teams can get into...

There are seven partnered teams and five of them play every tournament, with the exception of Miami where we were in a bit of a rush. ENCE were invited to São Paulo, there's a play-in for Madrid with the best Iberian teams, and we're not sure yet what will happen with the wild card in Los Angeles, but we'd like to have a play-in for it. For another one of the autumn tournaments, our local partners are putting together a pretty big play-in, and we're using 2019 to see how we can use these qualifiers and play-ins to create substance wherever we hold events. In Brazil, for example, we're already talking about how we will do it in 2020. We have a whole year to establish it, and it's a country with a giant talent pool and we want to give them an opportunity.

If you look around, everything is through invites. I remember when Heroic was a part of our organization, we had to be calling tournament organizers all of the time to try and get invites and so on...

Right, but if you take certain leagues that have finals and relegation systems or tournaments that have regional qualifiers, that makes the circuit a bit more open. BLAST is a smaller circuit, it's more closed.

We want to create a circuit that has substance and we want to create consistency around the teams that participate in this circuit. We're working amongst ourselves and with the partnered teams, and we have a pretty defined agreement with the teams on how to work together to make this circuit work.

In 2019, it is the way it is, for 2020 we're still in talks with the teams to see how to do it, if we'll add more teams to participate, or what we'll do. In 2019 it's a consistent circuit with seven tournaments leading to the global finals. We're also using this year to try different play-in systems that will bring us more teams. In Brazil, the invitation went to the team that did well at the Major, but our goal is to always have the best teams in our circuit.

Right, so you're starting to do a lot of tournaments with these teams, with whom you have agreements, don't you think that will affect the way they now see other tournaments? For instance, several of your partners are not going to DreamHack Masters, which could make one think that since they're going to be in Miami, and Madrid, and wherever else there are BLASTs, they will start to skip some of the other events...

Yeah... But if you look at it the other way, if they play DreamHack, then they wouldn't play BLAST, so what I prefer is that the best teams play in our tournament.

Historically, in Counter-Strike, there have been people trying to take control and be the hegemonic power in the scene...

We have seven tournaments, every team is playing five. One tournament is Wednesday to Sunday. That's five weekends out of the 52 in a year. We don't occupy a lot of space, we don't have online leagues or two-week tournaments. If you count the days, we really don't occupy much time at all. Astralis will play five weekends out of the 52 in the year. Compared to a lot of the other stuff out there, we really don't take up much of the teams' time, and the teams themselves are happy that we offer to only play five out of seven tournaments because that gives them some freedom to relax or go to other events.

I don't think it's our fault that some of the teams choose to play our tournaments, it's my job to make a tournament that they like and want to play in, that both the players and the organization owners feel like is something good for their careers and their brands. I think that what happened with DreamHack is their problem, I'm never going to condemn a team that doesn't want to play our events. If they don't want to, then they can go play elsewhere. As I said before, we'll have two tournaments where each of the partners won't play, just like NiP isn't in Miami, Cloud9 wasn't in São Paulo, and that's how it will go.

Yes, I think the fear is more around exclusivity, is that something you're looking for?

Not right now, no. What we're trying to do is create a stable circuit and we just ask teams to play five weekends per year. We're trying to make a good product and we're pretty happy. It was a great tournament with a great crowd in Brazil, the country revels in esports and I think that's what the industry needs. We don't need half-dead tournaments with no excitement for the crowd. Our focus is on creating entertainment, and that's what we want to do at our tournaments, and we want them to be competitive.

I've read people say that our tournament isn't serious and so on, but this tournament is really hard to win. Every round counts, the team that qualified for the final in Brazil, Liquid, it was because of the rounds... FaZe and Liquid are in the final in Miami and could have an eight hour day, playing up to six maps, and if you're not prepared you're not going to win. We do the veto process early, we're doing it two weeks before the event in Madrid so that teams have time to put in work, and the one who works the most, can win.

We want to try and take the random aspect out, we want the best to win, and Astralis as the best team in the world only won 3. When MIBR won as SK they were #2 in the world, when Na`Vi won they were #2... so to say that it's a joke of a tournament, I don't really think it's true. If you look at the way we're running the circuit, with the points leading to the global finals, imagine how hard it is to have this competitive continuity during the whole season. In Counter-Strike, teams tend to have a couple of good months, then a couple of bad months, and here if you have a couple of bad months you could miss out on the global finals. We're demanding with our teams...

More demanding in what sense?

For example, if you don't work on the maps from the vetos before the matches for the next tournament, if you don't study your rivals, you're giving your opponents an advantage. Every map matters, and every round matters. We want it to be about talent, but we also want to see work and discipline, which is something that you need in traditional sports, and we want to create the conditions so that the most talented team that also works the hardest wins.

But is that ideal, to make it that stressful?

It's not about stress, it's about making the competition hard. Take the Tour de France, you could ask "do they have to go up so many mountains?" Well, the more mountains they have to go up, the more you can see who really is the best. What we want to do is push so that it is always the best team who wins because if not the competition becomes more like some Disney story.

But the Major format, for example, the Swiss best-of-three with the seedings and the ELO rating... That was a tournament that really got some of the best results as far as getting the best teams deep into the tournament and finishing more or less in the place they belong. So having a longer tournament, with more best-of-three matches, I think makes it less random.

Yeah, but you have to take into consideration that the product has to be good for the fans, as well, and the public doesn't consume that many hours of Counter-Strike. What we're trying to get is a format that will allow the crowd to enjoy the tournament, and it is both for those who are used to watching esports and those who aren't. The event in Copenhagen is a good example, you see families there, mothers, young people, a big mix, and everyone is enjoying the event.

What we've been able to do is attract new viewership, and that's what this industry needs to justify the investments that are being made in salaries, tournaments, etc. It needs a bigger audience. I know there are purists saying that things can't be touched and the best thing is having a best-of-five final or whatever... but, seven hours? If you start to look at audience engagement, there is way more audience in other formats.

I love football, I love watching El Clásico, but not seven hours of it. So what we're trying to do is create a format that works for those who really like Counter-Strike, so we have the best-of-three final, but we also want a format that is open to new audiences coming to events and saying, "oh, wow, this is really interesting, what's going on?" So basically, to have a more American sports event feel.

This is our sixth tournament, and we'll get better and better and we'll try new things. For example, in Brazil, we changed the stand-off map to a more fun map because the players told us that they didn't really like the old map. So we work with the teams, we hear their feedback and what to change or not. Every Thursday before the tournament we have a meeting with all of the players and last Thursday a lot of the conversation was about how the format can evolve and so on, so we're in a phase in which we're trying to get better. We're not saying what we have is perfect, because it's not, but it's the best we've been able to get so far. We want a strong competition in which the best team wins, but we also want entertainment for large audiences, be it on their screens at home or at the stadium. I think when the calendar comes out people will be able to see that everything is fair, and when the qualifiers start with the play-ins and so on, that makes it pretty open.

Well, just for one team per event, though...

Yeah, one qualifier, or one invited team, we're trying out formats, but in Spain there are now five teams playing to be able to be a part of BLAST. That creates a certain expectation, it gives them a circuit and the fans will be watching to see who makes it into the event. When we picked this six-team format instead of 16 or 12 teams, we did it because whoever buys a ticket for the event has to be able to see their team play in the stadium.

We've seen things like Virtus.pro not making it to the stadium at Katowice, so you have 15,000 people there that want to see their team, but they don't get to. Stuff like that happens a lot, and we didn't want to do things that way. So yeah, okay, we only have six teams, but we have six teams that will play on stage in front of the crowd, and having seven partners and seven tournaments with wildcards, we'll see these seven teams plus others that will be working with us. Next year, we'll see what happens. We demand a lot from teams, we want them to work...

What is it you demand?

A lot of promotion. They have to promote their matches, and we have very strong organizations here like Liquid, FaZe, Cloud9... with huge means to promote themselves. We don't need them to talk about BLAST, but at least share their own matches with their fans. In Brazil, MIBR worked a lot with us because they were the home team. We'll see who the home team is in Los Angeles, one of the American organizations, and we'll do some extra stuff with them so they also have an extra platform to work with their sponsors and their fans and so on.

The teams have to be competitive, and we have a clause for that in the contract, if they can't be competitive they will not play the season, and then we have stuff regarding branding and promotion. We're incredibly happy with Liquid, for example, they work very well and they've done well promoting this event. Na`Vi is working on promoting their participation in Madrid, and this is a way for all of us to increase the viewership together, which benefits everyone.

In the long run, let's say you grow, and you grow a lot, will that cause conflicts with the other players in the market?

No, not conflict. As we tend to say, if we make great tournaments with big audiences, like São Paulo, that benefits everyone. When we started in Copenhagen with TV production and 12,000 people in the stadium, that positively affected the ESL Pro League Finals that were in Odense a few weeks later. If we would have made a boring tournament with no crowd and delays, people would have asked themselves, "this is esports?" And they would not have given it another chance.

We see there's a move towards more entertainment and more seriousness in making something more than just putting up a screen with people playing the game. Organizers need to be responsible for the experience that the audience has since they have chosen to spend their time and money on what we do. We have to be very respectful of that, and we need to give the audience everything we can because if not they won't return, they'll go to a football match or they'll watch Netflix or go to the movies...

But don't you think that the core crowd that has been supporting the game all of these years, they may not like this new format?

You go to a lot of events, right? And I've gone to a lot as well. The first thing I noticed was that the crowds weren't huge...

Well, it depends where you go, you have the Colognes, Katowices, the Majors...

Yeah, and we're happy with the audiences there, but I think there's more out there. When people talk about saturation... How many Bundesliga matches are there? And then you have Ligue 1, La Liga, the Premier League, etc. Look at how many matches go on and people are watching. Here we talk about one tournament in one place, another tournament in another place, and the venues are half empty... A lot needs to improve, and that's our idea, to offer something better for the crowd and to try and attract larger audiences.

So far it has gone pretty well, we're happy with our numbers, and our numbers on the screens. I've worked in entertainment, I've done opera, football, musicals, and the importance never lies on the stage or the pitch, what matters is what is happening inside the hearts of the spectators, and the emotions you can create. It's not about what you say or do, it's about the emotions you create in the audience. That's the product.

I've brought sponsors to some of the tournaments, and when they start to do this [pulls out phone and starts swiping], that's when you know you've lost them. I've been to tournaments where a local team was playing the final and the outer ring of the stadium was full of people who were doing other stuff instead of watching them play. For me, for us, things can be done better, and that's what we're trying to do, to make people think "OK, it's nice to spend seven hours here," and the mothers won't be as focused or whatever, but that's why we use a lot of content explaining the game and what's going on, for the new audiences, to open the door and say "welcome."

You can see on the HUD, with the full buy bar, all of this stuff, we're putting it in so people can understand what is going on better. If you understand what's going on, your experience is much better, your emotions are stronger. When I started, I had no idea what was going on, and now I'm trying to understand more and more. If you watch an F1 race, for example, if you don't know that they only have a few engines per year, how the tires work, the strategic side when planning a race, if you don't get all of that, it's boring, then all you see are cars going around in circles, and what we're trying to do is create new audiences without losing the core audience that is already there.

Well, that's the key. How do you bring new people and keep what has always been the game's core audience happy?

Well, that's what we're trying to do, to be respectful of the traditions that are already there, and that's why we traveled and visited a lot of players and teams, we talked to everyone and heard their feedback. This product comes from a lot of feedback from a lot of players telling us what they like and what they don't like, and one of our core values is being authentic. We also like to put in easter eggs, and we try to be loyal to the spirit of the game, but we also want to try and push this format in a way that makes it more easily consumable for a larger audience. We don't answer a lot of the criticism we get...

But do you think some of this criticism is at least grounded on something? When people talk about Astralis prioritizing BLAST tournaments, for example?

Yeah, but the thing is what I said before, they have the same as the six other teams in the circuit, they play five out of seven tournaments and don't play the other two...

And you don't think it's unfair that only seven teams have a chance to reach the global finals?

But you've seen the teams they are?

Sure, some of the best teams in the world...

Who's missing?

It's not so much about missing but take ENCE for example, a team that looks like they could be one of the best in the world. Imagine that in a couple of months they are still one of the best in the world, but they're out of this...

Yeah, it's a format that's pretty typical. If you take F1, for example, you can say it's unfair that I can't be in it, but maybe if I go to them and I talk to them and I have a good proposal, they let me in next year. If you want to play in the MLS it's the same, you have to make a proposal and say "hey, this is everything I can bring to the table, so wouldn't it be better if we played the league?" We don't have a closed circuit, it's semi-closed, because we do have the seven teams, but we're trying to have the flavor of the month with the wild card, and we do want a format in which the teams that come to play our tournaments are invested in playing our tournaments and we want to be invested in making them grow.

Let's say a good team is not a part of the circuit and they come along and pitch themselves to you, would you consider them?

Yes, of course. We would take their competitive level and their strength as a brand into consideration. I have a bunch of pitches from teams and we're already in conversation with teams that want to play our tournaments. We want to have the best teams, competitively, but also concerning the way the players behave, how the brands work—and not for us, but for themselves. It's something you can see in the NBA, every team works with their own fanbase, but that fanbase can also be valid for the rest of the league, as well. So it's great for the team, but also for the platform. Having MIBR in Brazil, Astralis in Denmark, that brings in fans and audiences, it brings fans for the players and sponsors for the teams.

When Astralis won the Major in Atlanta, then lost in Las Vegas against Virtus.pro... we haven't known anything about Virtus.pro since then, and that's why we have that clause, we want the best teams, and if suddenly they're not, then we have to see what's going on.

And you're going to do this seasonally?

Yes, seasonally. The first one is all of 2019 and we're open to trying a lot of new things, to see how it works... we're listening to the partnered teams, we're also talking to teams that are not partners, and we'll see what will happen in 2020, but it's not going to be the same thing because we will have a learned a lot of things and we will have the possibility to make things better, which is always what we're after.

If you look at the NBA, they have a best practices guide where teams share information, and we're talking to the teams to see if there's a way we can also make that happen here. So let's say Liquid finds something that works really well, they can share it to make the other six teams become stronger, and if we can all share, both about the competition and the commercial aspects, we'll be able to get everyone growing together.

There's one thing that moves this whole industry, and it's just one thing, and that's the number of eyes watching. Everything revolves around that number, around what the audience is going to spend on Coca-Colas, cars, insurances, whatever, but the whole value we can create comes from there. So what we have to do as teams, players, tournament organizers, is work so that more people come and see us because the more people come, the larger everyone's revenues will be. We're not going to fight over the crumbs on the table, we'll work together to have a meal that everybody can eat from.

But the problem is that at some point someone could try to keep the whole pie, which we saw the PEA try to do just last year, for example.

That's why we're not exclusive, and I'll repeat it. Five weeks a year, five days per week, do the maths...

Yeah, I don't mean that it's happening right now, but maybe it starts like this and ends differently.

We have a very open dialogue with Valve and they don't want everything in CS:GO ending up in the hands of one company, they're not interested in that.

And I think it's legitimate and probably why people get defensive about it, what made CS:GO work is that it’s an open circuit, you personally were able to come in when there were already people invested in the game.

Because Astralis started to play well.

But you could put tournaments together and run them even if Astralis don't play well.

Sure, that's true, and it will be that way, and it will stay that way, but if you start a team you have a really long way to the top. You have to get favors to get into small tournaments and so on. Before starting BLAST, with Heroic and GODSENT, I remember how much they worked to try and get into tournaments. It wasn't open to everyone.

Well, it depends...

If you're good, yes.

Exactly. If you're a team and you're good, or if you're a tournament organizer and you have the resources and the money, then you're welcome to join and if you have what it takes there's nothing standing in your way... There's no Riot telling you how things have to work.

Yeah, that's true, it depends what angle you look at it from, if you're a team or an organizer, but the truth is that ENCE wouldn't have played one of our events if they weren't good. They were second at the Major, and then they played a BLAST.

And they came out of nowhere.

So yeah, they can come to BLAST and it's not closed. We're also in talks with teams like Vitality, Renegades, NRG...

Right, but they can't make the finals, so in a way it is closed, they're not a partner.

Yeah, not for this season.

But they could be in the future?

Yeah, if they meet all of the requirements and we see that it's good for both them and us and we can reach an agreement, our doors are open. Not this season, because it's underway, and we're trying other things with the wild cards, the play-ins, and there's some interesting stuff coming in Autumn. One of our partners wants to create a pretty big tournament and have the winner take the sixth spot, which is interesting for us and we're fighting for it to happen. We'll see, but I like this way of doing things because what we see right now in the open circuit as it is, is that local and national tournaments don't have the weight they could have. We share this vision with Valve, as well.

In Spain, for example, you have LVP, which is a good, strong league, and it's run by people who know what they're doing. That doesn't exist in every country, but if we do similar things in Portugal, and Brazil, then you start to have some structures that resemble the Bundesliga, La Liga, etc.

You'll laugh, but I'm from Denmark and there's a football league there. People go watch the matches, and if I watch one of the Danish league matches and I change channels and I see Leo Messi, it's a waste of time because they're very bad comparatively. But people still go to the stadium because their father was from this or that team or they followed them since they were little... it creates emotions, and creating that national league system with play-ins into BLAST, which is the reward in itself for the small team... it's like the Danish league winner going to the Champions League, or at least going into a play-in to make it to the Champions League. They have the chance to play against teams like Barcelona and Manchester United. They may not make it, but they have the chance, and that gives value to the Danish national league. That's the system we're trying out this season.

We're not going to run any national leagues because we can't do that much, but we can definitely get partners like LVP to create structures that we believe are good for the growth of the ecosystem. Then it will be more open, teams can play national leagues and from there aspire to play internationally in leagues like ours, or like ESL Pro League, ECS, etc. I'm happy they're starting to eliminate all of the online stuff because that's where we really see some terrible, terrible numbers that are destructive for the whole ecosystem, and that's something you don't want to see. That's something we also wanted to eliminate with this format.

Thank mr valve, very cool!
2019-04-18 19:03
this guy literally said 'seven' 17 times wtf
2019-04-18 19:15
#64
gla1ve | 
Brazil wilbur 
18**
2019-04-18 19:44
1 time was the interviewer
2019-04-18 19:52
Yea 90% of this was just him repeating his points lol
2019-04-18 20:49
#169
allu | 
Canada Lokomo 
5 tournaments, 5 weekends, w days a week He wouldnt stop bring this up
2019-04-18 23:51
In his defense, interviewer was asking shit questions
2019-04-19 01:59
The way , way , that way ,this way. We this , we that , we want this , we want that , we , we ,we ,we ,we ,we ,we. It's painful reading it. Especially : F1 for example , NBA for example , Football for example , that example this example .... or format format format
2019-04-19 02:34
#329
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India ASTRALGUY 
+1 xD such a long read but again, it was by a person involved in the business side.
2019-04-30 11:19
#329
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India ASTRALGUY 
+1 xD such a long read but again, it was by a person involved in the business side.
2019-04-30 11:19
#186
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Brazil _Rhaegar_ 
Bot
2019-04-19 01:41
+1, MIBR never won against FaZe
2019-04-21 04:55
ok
2019-04-18 19:03
#3
walle | 
Germany Fl0RR3 
Interesting
2019-04-18 19:03
Nice
2019-04-18 19:03
#5
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Europe R2D2s 
wow
2019-04-18 19:03
#6
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United States DankuSus 
Conflict of interest
2019-04-18 19:03
#25
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United States Pyreon 
Not really... The to's still lose money even if it is their own org.
2019-04-18 19:10
#29
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United States DankuSus 
Why would you host a tourney if you're going to lose money? Its a business
2019-04-18 19:12
#31
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United States Pyreon 
r/Okbuddyretard. They dont make any more money if Astralis wins then any other team. They still play out the prize money and give the same stuff. There's no advantage to fixing the matches for blast. Astralis are already #1 they dont need help lmao.
2019-04-18 19:13
#44
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Australia OkraN 
Astralis is part of Refresh, Astralis wins refresh, Astralis receives prize money, The Astralis org gets a cut, Astralis is part of refresh, refresh gets a cut
2019-04-18 19:22
The players get the prize money in astralis
2019-04-18 21:10
sure bud
2019-04-19 02:27
#244
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Denmark sNju 
They do. I have not heard of any org that takes prize money cuts. Thats just absurd. You have no idea how orgs make money, do you?
2019-04-19 20:39
Never heard of any org taking prize money? You're actually delusional? Orgs take a cut of prize pools that has been a thing forever in traditional and e-sports. If you think orgs don't get any of the money for winning tournaments you are actually insane.
2019-04-19 22:51
+1
2019-04-19 23:30
+1 They DO take part of the money from the prize pool
2019-04-20 07:22
#271
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Denmark sNju 
Dude... Astralis splits prize pools 18% per player, 10% to zonic. 0% to RFRSH. esportsmagasinet.dk/this-is-how-prize-mo.. If RFRSH got a part of the prize pool when Astralis won BLAST, then not a single professional would accept it. That would be the most ridiculous conflict of interest. Show me proof, I would love to learn more about this matter.
2019-04-20 18:52
Show me a proof that the org isn't taking any of the prize money.
2019-04-21 14:33
#286
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Denmark sNju 
Dude how lazy can you be, i linked to the freakin interview where zonic explains how they share their winnings.
2019-04-21 18:51
So if Astralis play and win BLAST, RFRSH gives the team money and gets some of it back (as you say). If Astralis play and win any other tournament, the team AND RFRSH get money from some OTHER organization. What's the big deal with "conflict of interest" I'm not seeing here?
2019-04-19 07:59
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
to me the conflict of interest is the fact you own the team not the money you make, say something like olofboost happens or like Hen1 against cloud9 an astralis player has his noise canceling headset off and the other team contests it, there is a possability that the event orginizers just rule in favour of astralis because they own the team and are naturally bias towards them. like in any sport as a fan when there is a 50/50 decision the ref makes you always think it should go to your team, refrsh owning astralis have more chance in ruling with astralis on a 50/50 decision then say dreamhack faceit or esl
2019-04-19 11:47
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Denmark Pand43N 
I understand what you mean, and why it could be that way. Though in my life experience i’ve often had referees/coaches etc. i know, judge against me in a 50/50 situation. Because i have a relation with them. In the same way i think rfresh would rule against atralis in a 50/50 situation. Because if they dont they will get shitstorm. And regarding to esport there luckily aint so much refereing to be done, so is it really a problem?
2019-04-19 16:50
#234
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
its the problem that it could happen that causes a conflict of interest, and its not just in game but Refrsh "could" tell astralis not to attend there competitor events to weaken there events its not the fact that it has happened (i dont think it has) but it could happen and that is a problem. imo Astralis shouldnt be allowed to play in events run by there owners, its like in some politics (here in aus anyway) if a politician is a owner of a business and a law is being passed that affects his business he cant vote on the bill because of conflict of interest.
2019-04-19 17:54
#266
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Denmark hammedhatten 
Do you even know who owns astralis, the players own astralis get your facts straight
2019-04-20 13:51
#47
Myanmar xdcc 
First sentence is ironic. It has nothing to do with paying the teams. Astralis being #1 is exactly why it's worse. Having astralis means you get to say you have #1 team in your tournament and others doesn't. Even if astralis doesn't make more money your other project (for example Blast Pro Series) gets to make more money by virtue of getting higher viewership. And because they have deals no way they pull out like it happens with other tournaments. What if they keep expanding blast pro series and tell astralis not to attend any other events? At that point other good teams wanting to play with astralis would have to play at blast. Theres many ways it could go wrong. There was attempt to create NA franchised CS league and I'm pretty sure ESL also attempted it but luckily it got shut down by Valve.
2019-04-18 19:36
#80
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Astralis is the best team in the world. IF they choose to attend an event it brings in more money. They are prioritizing Blast because it's their parents company.
2019-04-18 19:57
#116
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Italy Gio_bose 
All 6 teams are prioritising blast as much as each other........
2019-04-18 20:48
Exactly mate. Human opinion is what matter to them the most. Fact is number 2.
2019-04-19 00:57
#38
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
They can manipulate viewership easily by asking astralis to throw some matches to make teams with bigger finals get into the final
2019-04-18 19:20
#214
cArn | 
India sujay95 
This exactly. BLAST events are not competitive and it's all about making more money for the already top teams instead of breeding new competition.
2019-04-19 14:39
#180
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Poland Lukovsky 
yeah, nothing about conflict of interest.. the dude is a good talker, he knows how to avoid questions he doesn't want to answer
2019-04-19 01:14
#7
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
ho!
2019-04-18 19:03
#9
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Singapore Vodka_T1 
F10
2019-04-18 19:04
Huge interview!
2019-04-18 19:04
#11
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Poland SK4DUUU 
R.I.P he was great guy
2019-04-18 19:04
BUMP
2019-04-18 19:04
Lil bump
2019-04-18 19:04
Bump was too late even tho i tried to be first
2019-04-18 19:04
#13
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Finland Fury2J 
expected
2019-04-18 19:04
wow
2019-04-18 19:04
#18
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Canada Skadiddle 
Tldr
2019-04-18 19:06
#19
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Australia Sk8erBoi8713 
That man is so smug holy shit mens))))
2019-04-18 19:06
More like they gave him very negative questions trying to get him to say something stupid the entire interview. It's obvious he was tired of repeating himself 5 times.
2019-04-18 20:25
too long :(
2019-04-18 19:07
read it or do ypu have autism
2019-04-18 19:08
no i dont want :P
2019-04-19 10:47
#24
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United States skroobdoober 
Lol dude sounds like an ass. "Yeah my format is garbage but I pay teams to come so what are you going to do?"
2019-04-18 19:10
yeah.. he kinda tilted me, it seems that he doesn´t want to make big changes either and it annoys me to see that we will be having more of the same trash tournament in the future
2019-04-18 19:48
#117
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Italy Gio_bose 
How is it a trash tournament
2019-04-18 20:49
due to format otherwise organization is on point
2019-04-18 20:55
#142
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Italy Gio_bose 
I don’t think the format is horrible as we have not seen anyone completely underservedly win a tournament. It’s also kind of refreshing from the bigger longer tournaments. Don’t get me wrong I still think eel event formats are better but I don’t think this format is completely trash
2019-04-18 21:13
I don´t mind different and unique format as long as it´s fair and competitive
2019-04-18 21:57
#289
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
the aim of the TO is to have a product that is good for a very large demographic, not only CSGO players/followers, while retaining some of it's core "mechanics"... think if you were a first timer, would you rather watch a Blast kind of tournament or would you want to go ahead and be bored into oblivion with a major type of tournament?
2019-04-22 11:14
then they should find a different way to approach new timers because no matter what the integrity and the essence of the game is always more important than the possible newcomers if downgrading the competition is what's required to get new viewers, then I'd rather cut off these newcomers
2019-04-22 15:53
#295
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
how is it downgrading competition if they consistently have 6/7 of the best teams in the world competing in their tourny? lol
2019-04-22 17:08
stupidest question on earth? Let me give a clear example of what I meant by that You can have all the top20 teams in a single tournament, but what if all of them just played 1 round between each other? Would you call this a quality competition BETWEEN these teams? The example is extreme, but it's for you the understand it better. The format is completely shitting on actual competition, for what CS is known for, they shouldn't be bother with that or at least find a better solution, otherwise they should search for other ways to make it more appealing to newcomers but you can't remove the values of what makes cs:go competitive, well - competitive.
2019-04-22 18:50
#301
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
i don't need you to explain shit to me, i enjoy the format. it is interesting, it isn't boring. IT ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE AS SERIOUS AS A MAJOR, thus having BO1 stage doesn't REALLY hurt that much. If you want to only watch "proper" tournaments, stick to the major/starseries/etc. Oh and in case you don't remember, the fucking MAJOR had BO1 stages - now that's some retarded shit.
2019-04-23 10:58
first of all if you dont need to be explained THEN DONT ASK in the first place, jeez I dont fucking mind different format from time to time, I actually fucking enjoyed this stupid tournament last year, why? Because we had only 3 for the entire calendar year and now we are going to take FUCKING 8 stealing time from other tournaments SUCH as starseries, epicenter, esl pro league and etc. while having to bear with this shitty non competitive format Different formats are good and fun but only if they arent enforced on both the players and the spectators while trying to pretend that it's competitive format (as this jordi guy said) plus using it as an excuse to attract more viewers
2019-04-23 17:16
#215
cArn | 
India sujay95 
It's trash cuz the CS scene built on open circuit. BLAST will only invite teams that have more value commercially and have an already established brand. If you're a small team, they won't give the time of the day since you can't bring them any money. It's all about exclusivity. You'll never see an underdog team come out of nowhere at a BLAST event because 1) they won't get the invite in the first place 2) the format is shit. It's not about the competition, it's all about the money.
2019-04-19 14:57
#237
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Italy Gio_bose 
ENCE? And with the exception of cloud9 they invited all the best teams to play
2019-04-19 19:02
#278
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Will Ence be in blast grand finals? No. Would they have invited Ence had they not had that great run at Major?
2019-04-21 10:27
Cloud 9 brings a lot of money. A LOT so free invites everywhere.
2019-04-21 14:37
he still wont give any valid reason about astralis attending every single blast event out there . They even attended one in istanbul and surely if blast has some event in australia like in melbourne or sydney . Astralis will still play that event .
2019-04-18 19:11
#49
TaZ | 
Poland IFlorek 
No they will not. There is 7 teams in the main tournament and each of the teams play 5 out of 7 tournaments so astralis will not play in 2 of the blast tournaments
2019-04-18 19:30
#62
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Sweden pontus767 
Still in the circuit though, no matter how good they perform...
2019-04-18 19:43
#119
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Italy Gio_bose 
No evidence for that statement......
2019-04-18 20:50
#124
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Sweden pontus767 
They're in the same company. Astralis attends every event they want to.
2019-04-18 21:00
#238
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Italy Gio_bose 
Yes but they are the No1 team in the world if they fall off and drop outside the top 10 and they are still in it then you could say that but you don't know
2019-04-19 19:03
#246
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Sweden pontus767 
They are a fucking partnered team, just like Cloud9, nowhere near Top 10. Cloud9 might not be partnered next year, the difference, Astralis will be, the players have shares in RFRSH. Take a look at the latest "Buy The Numbers"...
2019-04-19 20:51
#250
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Italy Gio_bose 
Firstly for the whole of February cloud 9 where in the top 10 spending the majority of the month in the 7th position. This is probably when the blast pro league was being decided. Also you have still given no evidence to show that Astralis would still be in the competition if they were not in the top 10.
2019-04-19 23:01
#321
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United States Jammin800k 
And you have no evidence to show that they wouldnt, and that's not even the main issue. Competitive integrity is.
2019-04-30 09:25
#333
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Italy Gio_bose 
Yeah ok I agree with you now fuck rfrsh
2019-04-30 21:57
#334
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United States Jammin800k 
Dont need to hate either company. Its rules in place or not in place that allow this to happen. Need action from Valve and the players union to make sure we hold competitive integrity to the highest standard.
2019-04-30 22:16
#70
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France Telt 
I guess he hasn't even read the interview at this point ?
2019-04-18 19:50
He said clear as day, astralis will play 5 of 7 tournaments, same as the other partnered teams
2019-04-18 19:47
#30
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Finland potatomato 
Valve pls fix
2019-04-18 19:12
#32
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Denmark TurboHenning 
This is one of the worst interviewers ever mens, just asking the same shit over and over again, and for some reason expecting a different answer.
2019-04-18 19:14
#42
Myanmar xdcc 
1/3 in and I got tired of reading "only 5 of the 7"
2019-04-18 19:21
#72
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1 tru
2019-04-18 19:52
+1111111 poor Jordi having to deal with that amateur. There's a lot of good stuff to ask, and he keep repeting thinks like "hur dur, but isnt closed?" "closed" "not for every team?" This Jordi Roig know what he's doing, unfortunatly they wont host a major cause Astralis ;( but they deserve it for sure
2019-04-18 19:47
#220
cArn | 
India sujay95 
How can you have a major with BLAST's shitty format?
2019-04-19 15:13
Lol, the format is Valve who decides. The org just deal with the stage and promotion
2019-04-19 20:05
#281
cArn | 
India sujay95 
BLAST is known for its format. If it's not BLAST format, it is not a BLAST event. Ez to just give the major to some other organizer.
2019-04-21 10:38
+1 wtf was that, it looks like the interviewer already came in with a "I hate you and I'm going to try and make you say something stupid" attitude, and kept reverting back to the same few questions trying to pull this guy in doubt but not getting the answers he wanted to get or thought he'd get.
2019-04-18 20:27
#192
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Portugal hpn- 
Exactly, it seemed that the all point was trying to make him provide a stupid answer... Just ridiculous, he had to explain 4/5 times that any team whatsoever will never play on all tournaments. If counter strike really wants to be seen as professional it has to be structured from the beginning, for me blast is very entertaining and amusing to watch, simply because it provides the best teams to play against eachother in a few time space. Of course they have to improve some aspects but tournaments with this mind set are welcome for improving cs scene
2019-04-19 02:53
huge interview
2019-04-18 19:15
Am I supposed to believe him? nt
2019-04-18 19:16
Fuck Blast. This is why we need valve to take control because of assholes like this
2019-04-18 19:17
#41
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Finland Faust_fSt 
+1
2019-04-18 19:21
#73
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1
2019-04-18 19:52
#245
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Denmark sNju 
Oh boy you are SO wrong. We need an independent org to maintain the whole competitive scene with full control of the game. Each country/team gets members on a board and vote changes. Imagine if Coca Cola controlled the rules of Football, and not FIFA? Fucking hilarious!
2019-04-19 20:46
Flag checks out
2019-04-19 22:11
#270
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Denmark sNju 
I don't quite understand your compliment, but I'll take it. Thanks dude.
2019-04-20 18:48
#37
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Belgium jorneiro 
Thank mr valve, always guarding the integrity of the scene
2019-04-18 19:20
He's not wrong you know...
2019-04-18 19:20
#43
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Brazil Matheuscgc 
We do the veto process early, we're doing it two weeks before the event in Madrid so that teams have time to put in work, and the one who works the most, can win. This is exactly what Zonic and Glaive always said they wanted, no conflict of interest BTW :>
2019-04-18 19:22
#102
SPERMY | 
Canada lame^ 
I thought they changed it though because teams don’t know the maps until a day or two before the tourney starts? Not sure how they do the veto but the way it seems is each team bans 2 maps then they use RNG on the last 3 to see which to play because Astralis said at whatever blast was before miami that they weren’t expecting to play dust 2 four times. I’m probably missing something though.
2019-04-18 20:22
fuck blast hltv dont give ranking points and mvp/evps for these tourmts ty
2019-04-18 19:24
#120
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Italy Gio_bose 
Y?
2019-04-18 20:52
#48
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Croatia mds818 
Hate me all you want, 1) I don't like blast tournaments, first oen was shit with the whole day delay 2) They're way too short and casual.. needs more teams more bo3s etc etc.... won't continue with more points
2019-04-18 19:30
Said the guy that never went to watch a LAN tournament.
2019-04-18 19:48
#71
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Croatia mds818 
Said the guy who both watched and coached at the LAN tournament, trust me I have seen some shitty stuff from both pov of a player/coach and a viewer.
2019-04-18 19:51
When i say lan tournament im talking about big tier 1 stages, not that sh1t with teams from ur neighborhood The guy was very clear about what he wants: increase the number of viewers and their experience. Ppl in general dont want to stay more than 6hours in a stadium watching teams that they dont like. On the ESL One Belo Horizonte MIBR ALMOST didnt played in front of crowd, this would killed the entire arena and make the event way worse (from the business perspective, not from the hltv ppl who hates mibr). Imagine an event there in ur country and the home team dont go to the stage? lol But ye, me like a good fan of CS, really want to see this blast format all bo3 matches and bo5 final... but i admit that would be very annoying watch this all in the stadium.
2019-04-18 19:59
#91
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Croatia mds818 
... and first blast was a big tier 1 stage? Is ANY blast a big tier 1 stage infact? Also, don't assume size of the stage/tournament if you don't know it.. Dude, business... you think that 1000 fans in the stadium are going to give more money than 500000 in the stream? Stadium which will be "filled" for 2, 3 hours for how long home team plays? I don't see your point.... Imagine a team from your country.... yes I can imagine it, and yes I can imagine them not going to the stage because I look cs from realistic pov, if someone is not good enough to play on stage then they won't play on stage(I'd rather have that than seeing my home town team get 32-0'ed because they suck...) Host a tournament where you know that there's a good crowd regardless of the teams(Katowice, Cologne...) Watching it in the stadium goes to the question how it's organized, you can be there for 12 hours and still have fun all 12 hours if it's done properly..
2019-04-18 20:07
When i speak about viewers in general im not speaking about the ones in stadium only. He was very clearly about the "eyes" on the internet too... Ppl dont want to watch 12hours of CS even on their bed. The format has to be short and "original" if he want to get more viewers. All Blasts was big tier 1 stages. Like you or not! The format dont change the level of the teams there. The best team at that day always gonna win. With this new economy the bo1 matches are more fair i think. (but yes, i do prefer the bo3 personally)
2019-04-18 20:14
#100
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Croatia mds818 
A lot of people do, and you also have different timezones...(just look at the viewers on streams in lans in general..), also wssup with people spending WEEKS in other country to watch games? You have to understand that if you host a tournament in Germany it's not going to be 99 percent germans only Trust me, if there was another tournament with a different format and longer stream running at the same time blast would have 10x less viewers Level of the teams.. dude, if I invite 8 best teams in the world to my house, turn on stream on some random wall and put them to play in 4 living rooms and have stream turned on for 2 hours does that mean that I have a big stage? Be realistic...
2019-04-18 20:20
Ofc you will have a big stage. What makes it a big stage or not is the level of the teams at the event. Even a Major cannot be considered a big stage if the best teams at the moment cant make it to the playoffs. What event u think would have more viewers? Blast with astralis, mibr, navi, faze , Liquid vs ESL pro league, or ECS, or ELeague with "ence, vitality, nrg, renegades, fnatic, north" Ur concept about big stage is about the format of the event, totally wrong. With that Starladder with swiss full bo3 is the biggest stage ever then? lol I dont need timezone to watch CS, i always watch when there's good matches to watch or a BR team vs non BR. WESG all the matches was around 03am to 07am for me. Sydney too... I went to EPL Sao Paulo, ESL One BH and now Blast Sao Paulo, and blast was so far the best event from this 3 (even with mibr 0-5). EPL had SK on the grandfinal and was worse on almost all aspects than this Blast. Trust me, i understand why you dont like Blast, i dont judge you by that. But you need to understand too that this guy is doing the right thing to not be just "another tournament" on the circuit. Look ELEAGUE, all the efforts, huge money invested and they got the WORST major crowd EVER (but ye, huge numbers of online viewers looking for free cases). And dont blame NA for this, cause Columbus was one of the bests crowds so far. Ppl just dont care about eleague, epl, ecs... they just want to watch the top teams, whatever the event, and thats what makes a big stage or not.
2019-04-18 23:36
#202
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Croatia mds818 
Yeh, I'm going to have a "big stage event" even doe 90 percent of the event there were technical problems... obviously this was a big stage event... hltv.org/events/4290/ibuypower-masters-2.. Yes it can, it's not event's fault if astralis navi fnatic or any other team are too weak to make it to the play offs, they had a chance and they fucked up, their problem. If we're talking about eleague/epl/ecs finals it's tehm, if it's online then it's blast. My concept of big stage is a good format which includes a lot of best of teams, good teams having a shot at event(which means they're invited, doesn't mean that they have to reach the play offs), actual good stage which is properly set up, not having pointless delays(sure 1 hour, two hours but not two days) etc. properly set up event in general Fine you need, a lot of people do because they have a work to do in real life so they can't stay awake all night long. Dude, you only went to the events in brazil, imagine what would've happened if you went to Cologne for example, or Katowice, or Malmo.. those are the real events.... Dude, say whatever you want but if there was one event, one match where crowd was a real thing it was Cologne 2015 Fnatic vs VP in qf, I haven't seen any crowd that was as good as in that one match( and I have watched EVERY tournament since then)
2019-04-19 10:55
They want to own everything.
2019-04-18 19:32
#51
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Latvia sw1pe 
TL:DR?
2019-04-18 19:33
- BLAST is trash cuz only 7 teams play in it. - No u
2019-04-18 20:44
#52
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
2ldr, someone?
2019-04-18 19:34
#221
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Turkey Slapdash 
#108
2019-04-19 15:19
#53
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World streetson 
how about fuck RFRSH?
2019-04-18 19:36
#54
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Austria db42 
One tournament is Wednesday to Sunday. That's five weekends out of the 52 in a year. We don't occupy a lot of space, we don't have online leagues or two-week tournaments thats such a stupid fucking reply lol? 52 weekends yes, major takes 1,5weeks, holidays, the player break, traveling from event to event, ecs for some of those teams on the list. 5 events at minimum to play on, great, whats left is maybe 3-4 months of actual practice and other weekend events, so basicly trying to fill half a year with their events. also the veto process 2 weeks prior, lol, not even going to comment on that. and the format is absolute shit. teams going to finals with a draw. fuck this guy and fuck blast/rfrsh
2019-04-18 19:38
#75
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France Telt 
Well he did politely, maybe you should do so
2019-04-18 19:53
#138
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Italy Gio_bose 
You are being very ignorant. Or selfish as you are only looking at the tournament from your POV and other people such as people who may not have the same deep passion for professional counter strike like me or you but they may still enjoy counter strike. The guy in the interview said it may be mother’s at events who will get disinterested by the amount of counter strike. However I’m going to use my own example I think all bo3 and bo5 final is amazing but my friends who play cs with me like pro cs but not to the extent that they want to watch a gruelling 7 hour bo5 final. So this format suits the cs fans who don’t follow the scene so intensely but don’t mind watching the odd game. *Btw Major also takes 3 weeks
2019-04-18 21:11
When you consider every qualifier it takes near forever and you have to remember that there is 2 per year
2019-04-19 00:27
#177
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Italy Gio_bose 
I was justalking about that lane tournament itself but yeah your fight as well
2019-04-19 00:44
I dont care about blast having so much tournaments, but they need to get rid of this shit format
2019-04-18 19:37
Honestly, I like the production but hate the format. Round-robin Bo1 is terrible for CSGO. The format is too quick and too rush. They use 2 streams even with only Bo1. You blink and you miss it. Also, all teams are invited, no qualifications. Kind of exclusive clubs which doesn't make sense for a competitive game like CSGO.
2019-04-18 19:37
all invite is good imo, no fluke trash like sprout or spirit will attend it, all teams are strong
2019-04-18 20:18
#57
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Finland User344 
you mean like Valve has already done?
2019-04-18 19:38
dude is repeating the same thing over and over. Fix your shitty format and maybe you can have a consistently good event.
2019-04-18 19:40
he's repeating the same thing over and over cause the interviewer is asking the same thing over and over and expecting a different answer lol
2019-04-18 20:29
#222
cArn | 
India sujay95 
No he is sidestepping the question and isn't sincere. If you read between the lines, he is saying that blast events are an exclusive invite only competition for elite teams and will remain so because they only care about making money. Also open circuit is the lifeline of CS. That's what makes the game so popular. Without it, you wouldn't have new players/teams making upsets and making the game more competitive. BLAST is the opposite of that
2019-04-19 15:23
#303
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
"Also open circuit is the lifeline of CS. That's what makes the game so popular." keep telling yourself that. cause it sure as hell ain't like that.
2019-04-23 11:04
stopped reading after "partnered teams" lol
2019-04-18 19:41
Interviewer: h... Jordi Roig: 5 out of 7 tournaments, 5 weeks a year
2019-04-18 19:42
#76
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France Telt 
Ahah x)
2019-04-18 19:53
#88
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Slovakia SLAVak 
+1
2019-04-18 20:05
This Rfrsh guy sounds competent. He has the mentality of trying to bridge the gap to real sports, which is what e-sports needs. You guys (also the interviewer somewhat, with his combative questioning) here are crying about trivial stuff like "Veto in advance is exactly what Zonic and Glaive always said they wanted, no conflict of interest BTW" when what really matters is whether this guy can grow CS or not. Same people whining here about Astralis playing in 5 2 day Blast events are also spamming "80k VIEWERS DEAD GAME" (only a half troll) in chat. This is the kind of dude you need to fix that.
2019-04-18 19:55
#83
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
No one wants esports to become like 'real' sports. Real sports are a fucking reality tv show. People being forced to do shit just to create fake rivalries. This guy sounds exactly like what people hate about corporate types. 'Changing the world.' 'Great opportunities' 'Equality.' Seems like a typical corporate robot.
2019-04-18 20:00
#223
cArn | 
India sujay95 
+1
2019-04-19 15:44
tbh i dont care about the veto shit or participation its all about the trash format that makes the entire tournament trash despite being so good organization-wise.
2019-04-18 20:09
#99
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
My biggest problem is not format of the tournament but that there are no qualifiers. They are just the same teams playing for most of time. They aren't even the best teams since Ence played just once.
2019-04-18 20:20
100% agreed. I'm surprised most people in comments are taking the side of the interviewer. Interviewer was incompetent as fuck, repeating the same questions and expecting a different answer. Almost felt like he was trying to "expose" this guy.
2019-04-18 20:30
no1 wants esports to become more like sports. We want esports to evolve into its own thing.
2019-04-18 21:05
Absolutely agree. Jordi Roig is competent and understand the commercial value of esports and just as any other business, he wants to see it grow and evolve. He also said it’s not perfect just yet but they’re trying, together with all their partners, to adjust and evolve the tournament. People always complain about the format, but he has some valid arguments. I love the fact that they seek to have the most talented and well prepared team come out on top - just as in any major sport out there. To instill discipline and hard work in a new industry that honestly cries out for it.
2019-04-18 21:29
#78
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United States FlagMaster 
this is just bullshit. even if you don’t like Thorin or Richard Lewis watch this weeks By the Numbers podcast, they go off on Rfrsh
2019-04-18 19:55
Points system is stupid when it’s a invite only league so the teams that participated most by invite will get more pts (by having more chances) Fuck off with your brainwashing
2019-04-18 20:00
did you read the interview? the invited teams all play 5 out of the 7 tourneys. they will all have an equal amount of chances at points.
2019-04-18 21:03
Wasn’t my point. We have teams better than cloud9 like ence who get 1 chance to get points while someone else gets 5 chances. Somehow competitive level is taken into consideration yet slots are predetermined irrespective of skill. What takes the cake is team having to pitch rather then inviting straight up on skill.
2019-04-18 22:21
ok now this i agree with. i really don't think C9 deserve an invite anywhere right now, but because liquid and C9 are the only real marketable NA teams right now they need to pull it in somehow. NRG needs a better brand platform IMO, there's only 2 NA options and only 1 is worth supporting (liquid).
2019-04-18 22:23
tl:dr
2019-04-18 20:02
#85
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
Thanks to my Finnish friends I've been following Ence since the beginning of their journey to final in Spodek and it was great story. Anything like that isn't possible in Blast Pro series. I've seen maybe 3 Blasts and last weekend I skipped it. I had enough of watching the same teams playing over and over again.
2019-04-18 20:04
#86
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India otgps 
This dude is an arrogant prick. Fuck Not watching any Blast anything anymore. We can't support pricks like these in the community. This dude needs to look and get advice from good folks like nixon or carmac or panda and learn how to interact. This is actually the most arrogant prickiest interview on HLTV ever
2019-04-18 20:04
ye tilted me as well
2019-04-18 20:08
#112
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Well, I think I'd be arrogant as well if in front of me I had someone starting the majority of the questions with "But" or "Well"... It's annoying and shows how amateur you can be. This is a professional organization with a plan for the game itself. As a counter striker lover, I'll welcome any initiative towards making the game bigger and ahead instead of letting it slowly fade into oblivion. He have a vision that, yes it's corporate but nobody is in a business to lose money! Format can obviously be improved but personally I like short and intense tournaments. I mean, WESG it's just suffocating, imho. He is right about intensity, high level preparation and bringing people to the game, either as viewers or players. Vetos and other stuff are details that if they were to serious, the teams/players themselves would take care of that. I really like Blast and I hope they succeed in their ideas.
2019-04-18 20:43
#140
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India otgps 
you're the kind of dude to support medicare for all
2019-04-18 21:12
#149
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Not a all! Social security needs to exist but without being drained from its own future, meaning it have to be able to survive ALSO by itself. Which has nothing to do with what I've said. If you want to see esports just black and white, it's a path for oblivion. Take out of anything what is positive!
2019-04-18 21:39
The photo is in black and white though
2019-04-19 17:57
#253
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
That's an opinion and I respect it on that quality. I do not see it that way...
2019-04-20 00:18
I was joking
2019-04-20 00:18
#256
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
I was not
2019-04-20 02:39
Btw every european is laughing about you crazy americans thinking that "medicare for all" is a bad "socialist" thing. Do some unbiased study on the subject and you might get enlightened.
2019-04-23 06:52
its not bringing viewers, it losing viewers. just look at the statistics.
2019-04-18 21:12
#150
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Hopefully, you'll read the interview...
2019-04-18 21:40
#290
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
"the good folks nixon and carmac..." who have been tasked with organizing tournaments for 10+ years now and EVERY other tournament there's shitty delays, technical problems and so on. one would think that by now they would know how to avoid such problems in their events, but, not really.
2019-04-22 11:21
#294
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India otgps 
ESL Major only had 1 delay this time around. Dreamhack tournaments are consistently the most on time and best observed tournaments with little to no delays Meanwhile whole day 1 of BLAST was fucked off. They are atleast 100 times better at their job.
2019-04-22 16:57
#304
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
"ESL Major only had 1 delay this time around." sorry what? I can't hear you, Blast had issues THE FIRST TIME THEY MADE THE FUCKING THING. THE FIRST EVER BLAST TOURNAMENT HAD ISSUES AND THEY FIXED THEM. ESL/DH/WHATEVER has issues EVERY FUCKING RUN OF A TOURNAMENT. maybe now you can read it and understand what I wrote before without twisting stuff to cater for your opinion.
2019-04-23 11:09
Expected
2019-04-18 20:04
great man, great ideas, nice reading. thanks!
2019-04-18 20:06
#90
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World Notb8ing 
tl;dr
2019-04-18 20:06
#93
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World jzderf 
There's nothing here that gives me any confidence that they are interested in have any transparency into what teams can or cannot be a part of BLAST. There's a lot of mentions of "talks are in progress" and "brand strength" but it seems like exclusivity will still be a priority for them.
2019-04-18 20:08
Of course it will stay relatively exclusive but next season they will have a better team then c9 there Its exclusive to roughly top 8 teams in the world there is nothing wrong with only having good teams at a tourney
2019-04-19 00:31
#291
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
why would they give their business strategy for everyone to see? use your brain a bit. they do not have to disclose shit, specially how they (as a company/brand) work.
2019-04-22 11:23
#94
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Poland morosek 
Blast is a shit event anyways
2019-04-18 20:09
#97
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Vietnam Oida 
We don't want you to have an "open" "dialogue". We want you to be restrained by a higher force.
2019-04-18 20:16
nobody that cared just a little about the fans and the game itself would use this terrible format of BO1s (and have 3 of them going at the same time to add insult to injury). if you are so in touch with the players as you claim... well i refuse to believe they didn't advise against it. and if they didn't it's simply a sign that not even them take this thing seriously. also closed circuit is not cool and no, people don't want to watch the same teams over and over and over again. this guy only cares about the "product". here's a hint: stop abusing that word if next time you're interviewed you don't want to come across as an even bigger moron. i hope blast fails hard. not watching it anymore
2019-04-18 20:21
He had to abuse it The interviewer was a moron he asked the same questions over and over again
2019-04-19 00:33
Just gonna drop this here. youtu.be/tHEOGrkhDp0
2019-04-18 20:31
a million internet points for you, sir
2019-04-18 20:35
Horrible interviewer. Dude obviously came in with the idea "fuck this guy and everything he stands for", trying to expose the RFRSH guy for something that is not happening. Dude keeps repeating the exact same questions and - of course - just keeps getting the exact same answers. Interviewer: don't you think you're a piece of shit RFRSH dude: I don't think so because xyz Interviewer: but don't you think that's shit RFRSH dude: I don't think so because xyz Interviewer: but on another note - aren't you and your company pieces of shit?
2019-04-18 20:32
such awful journalism, hope this kid didn't waste money on school for this
2019-04-18 20:58
Absolutely insane. It reminded me of that Jordan Peterson interview on Channel 4 with Cathy Newman, seen that?
2019-04-18 21:06
reminds me of the interview between a Nigerian new anchor and a Nigerian gay rights activist. anchor starts the interview with, "you are gay. why are you gay?" unreal that these people take themselves seriously, and are also allowed to be the face of CSGO journalism.
2019-04-18 21:08
#165
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Brazil Collee 
+1
2019-04-18 23:26
hltv exposed, thank Mr Dating Expert
2019-04-18 23:39
You're welcome men))))))
2019-04-19 00:06
#170
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Hit the nail on the head.
2019-04-18 23:55
#194
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Indonesia resolut 
+1
2019-04-19 03:26
#225
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Is RFRSH paying you to praise this guy?
2019-04-19 16:00
I'm not praising him at all. I personally dislike the BO1 formats. I just can't stand such horrible journalism.
2019-04-19 16:21
#232
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Belarus uberboy 
What is worse than a blast tournament? Amateur toxic interviewer, that's the answer
2019-04-19 16:58
+1 every question is loaded, poorly at that. all it does is make the interviewee say "no we don't do x and y"
2019-04-20 00:28
#109
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
From now, I'll stop watching every BLAST event, it became way too repetitive & boring.
2019-04-18 20:33
#110
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
''You'll laugh, but I'm from Denmark and there's a football league there. People go watch the matches, and if I watch one of the Danish league matches and I change channels and I see Leo Messi, it's a waste of time because they're very bad comparatively. But people still go to the stadium because their father was from this or that team or they followed them since they were little... it creates emotions, and creating that national league system with play-ins into BLAST, which is the reward in itself for the small team... it's like the Danish league winner going to the Champions League, or at least going into a play-in to make it to the Champions League. They have the chance to play against teams like Barcelona and Manchester United. They may not make it, but they have the chance, and that gives value to the Danish national league. That's the system we're trying out this season.'' Completely missing the point of the thing that makes esport different compared to traditional sports. Esports connects people regardless of their nationality and location (with the slight restriction of ping). Mixed nationalities play together, they might not even meet in real life until their first LAN. The nationalistic mindset is idiotic, especially for smaller countries which will never see a good team made out of 5 players with the same nationality. Teams like faze, mouz, valliance were able to flourish partly due to online games. Also some comments for Lucas: good interview, but instead of so many follow-up questions don't be afraid to ask about a different topic. Your questions forced Jordi to keep repeating himself (about the 5 tournaments a year thing, for example). I'd rather have seen more in depth answers regarding their communication with valve, the financial conflict ($250K pricepool, Astralis wins and pockets $125K, parent company only has spent $125K) and the fact that even though it's a ''semi-closed'' circuit a yearly rotation of teams might be too slow considering the fast pace teams in cs reach their ups and downs.
2019-04-18 20:35
Funny how he talks about audiences being important thing and then you look at Blast Miami with 50 people in the crowd, well you start to wonder...
2019-04-18 20:44
#226
cArn | 
India sujay95 
BLAST is basically paying all the top teams to attend their events in the hopes that one day their format will take off and all teams will be scrambling to play in their events. This guy thinks eSports can be moulded into traditional sports of 90 mins. Can't wait for this to fail hard.
2019-04-19 16:03
#233
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Belarus uberboy 
>all teams will be scrambling to play in their events Yeah, basically Liquid and Astralis skipped SL already to prepare for blast. And yeah, guy knows what vast majority of people would like to watch and making a tournament that is aimed just at this. If it blows up it can actually be profitable to the scene as a whole.
2019-04-19 17:04
#277
cArn | 
India sujay95 
No. He's trying to turn esports into mainstream sports which can be packaged into 90 minutes. I don't want CS to be turned into something it isn't. BO1's are trash and BLAST is just a cash grab event with no respect for the game's roots. BLAST will never replace a Major, IEM Katowice or ESL One Cologne.
2019-04-21 09:56
Why did zonic lie then? Why hide behind the excuse of device sickness? He could have accepted that they partnered with blast and have to attend 5/7 tournaments. The problem is that blast is trying to repeat what esl tried in the past. Centralizing the power to one TO. Its nice to see valve actually taking care of the scene.
2019-04-18 20:46
jesus christ, every single question in this interview is loaded like a boat from syria. how do you expect transparency when you clearly have a massive negative bias towards the subject? i'm neither for or against BLAST but this is just terrible journalism.
2019-04-18 20:57
#156
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Canada top_zozzle 
expected from dmitrii
2019-04-18 22:11
+1
2019-04-18 23:26
#166
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Brazil Collee 
+1
2019-04-18 23:27
+1
2019-04-19 01:32
#261
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
+1
2019-04-20 09:42
#305
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
monkey people and their monkey brains.
2019-04-23 11:13
Fuck this guy. He kept contradicting himself throught the whole interview. For example: "our goal is to always have the best teams in our circuit." "Yeah, it's a format that's pretty typical. If you take F1, for example, you can say it's unfair that I can't be in it, but maybe if I go to them and I talk to them and I have a good proposal, they let me in next year. If you want to play in the MLS it's the same, you have to make a proposal and say "hey, this is everything I can bring to the table, so wouldn't it be better if we played the league?" " Clearly your goal is not to have the best teams in your circuit, all you want is the teams that promote you to the most people and make you the most money possible. This is why you'd never see smaller organisations like Windigo get in the league no matter how good they were. Maybe they'd be able to get a single tournament spot like ENCE, but they'd never be one of the "permanent" teams. And also that best proposal shit is exactly what leads to exclusivity. One team promises to only play their tournaments to get in, and then that in turn forces other teams to do so as well. That'll happen if BLAST grows to be a really popular league. Fuck this guy and fuck his trash tournament.
2019-04-18 21:02
Way off.
2019-04-18 21:06
#262
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
Are you getting paid by blast or something? Arguing with everyone who is against blast. And you have 0 arguments in blast their favor
2019-04-20 09:43
I'm not arguing for blast at all. I'm arguing against shit biased journalism.
2019-04-20 10:38
#267
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
Nothing wrong with biased journalism. This interview was pretty bad though, I agree
2019-04-20 14:53
I don’t want to watch Windigo on LAN; I want to watch Astralis, Liquid, FaZe and NIP. Clearly if the teams that want to promote BPS aren’t tier 1,2 or don’t have a big fanbase, BPS won’t want them. Also, BPS is a great event thought on who’s in the arena. I was in São Paulo and the event was epic, even though MIBR performance.
2019-04-19 01:37
#263
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
I want to watch the best, if Windigo is in a #1-#6 stop I want to watch them.
2019-04-20 09:44
#306
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
well, you aren't blast or RFRSH in case you've missed it. They have the money, they dictate who will and who won't be in their tournaments.
2019-04-23 11:14
#335
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United States Jammin800k 
So you think the determining factor of if you should be in a tournament is if the organizer likes you and not your level of play? That's the exact issue people are talking about when they mention competitive integrity. You basically proved his point unintentionally.
2019-04-30 22:19
Too long interview, can somebody tell me what valve did? ;DDD
2019-04-18 21:05
Nothing, and nothing should be done.
2019-04-18 21:06
And what RFRSH then asked from valve?
2019-04-18 21:06
Nothing. The interview isn't about that. This interview is about the interviewer trying to expose the interviewee, and failing at it.
2019-04-18 21:07
Great job! ty for answers
2019-04-18 21:09
#133
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
"We don't advocate for them to play too much, like what happened with MIBR now, who traveled to China, then Brazil, then back to China, now Miami... That's hurting them a lot " Hurting so much that they 16-2 the laziest team in history of csgo. The guy looks only from a greedy CEO pov. He wants to tell us why we should look and like it. Yeah that works always well. Hahaha, the guy has no deep knowledge of esports. He is probably good in the economic part but not about the "product"
2019-04-18 21:20
Also thought that it's funny that he trashtalks mibr when they destroyed astralis lol
2019-04-19 19:41
#139
gla1ve | 
Japan d4v41 
wow this is one long article man
2019-04-18 21:11
95% of its content is about the interviewer pushing the RFRSH guy, as he really appears to hate the events format.
2019-04-19 01:28
#228
cArn | 
India sujay95 
What's not to hate about BLAST format?
2019-04-19 16:19
I love Blast format. I’ve been at Blast São Paulo, and it was epic.
2019-04-19 20:03
#279
cArn | 
India sujay95 
bo3 >>>>> bo1
2019-04-21 10:28
Never have I and never will I read such a roman.
2019-04-18 21:14
Big papa Valve here to rescue CS
2019-04-18 21:14
Not what the article is about
2019-04-18 21:16
Correction: Cs eSport
2019-04-18 21:17
Also not what the article is about. Did you even read it lol?
2019-04-18 21:56
Interviewer is fcking awful
2019-04-18 21:17
#151
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Poland b4tson 
10 minutes of scrolling down Poggers
2019-04-18 21:49
Surprised by the lack of objectivity from the interviewer. Forces the interviewee to come with weird responses. Great topic though. Exciting to get some behind the scenes insight of tournaments.
2019-04-18 22:06
#158
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Denmark Zorrondo 
stop crying for blast tournaments the real failure here is the bad distribution of the tournaments. Every organizer should talk that in the beggining of every season. For example in the nexts weeks will be played DH Rio and ESL Americas groups at the same time. Teams like Isurus had to throw that qualys for DH Rio cuz they wouldn't have been able to play that event anyways.
2019-04-18 22:23
#160
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Would have expected far better from Lucas. Thank you #108 for saving me having to write a response.
2019-04-18 22:46
You’re welcome men))))
2019-04-19 11:35
Really nothing here. Its been obvious from the first tournament that they use this format to get more casual viewers to watch, and they invite the teams with the biggest fanbases to get those viewers as well. Shocker, they want to actually make money. I personally dont like the format, but I dont hate RFRSH for it as this interviewer obviously does.
2019-04-18 23:18
#162
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Other WorldIsAFuck 
blast is annoying
2019-04-18 23:22
#163
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Other WorldIsAFuck 
btw this guy somehow looks exactly like how i picture someone named Jordi Roig, except somehow slimier.
2019-04-18 23:23
Well Astralis lost Big time last. So I doubt its a issue
2019-04-19 00:13
#173
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Cambodia litdabber21 
this dude dead ass said the same answer for half of the questions
2019-04-19 00:19
Cause half of the questions were dead ass the same questions trying to elicit a different answer. How obvious can it be that this interviewer went in with a massive negative bias
2019-04-19 11:36
#322
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United States Jammin800k 
That's because hes running a tournament that has a team that he has partial ownership of in it and its sketchy as hell.
2019-04-30 09:30
That doesn't make biased journalism ok.
2019-04-30 09:56
#324
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United States Jammin800k 
When you're doing something scummy then people are going to ask questions to uncover more about that scumminess
2019-04-30 10:00
Yes they are. This was still extremely poor journalism.
2019-04-30 11:01
#326
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United States Jammin800k 
Nah he asked a bunch of quality questions despite repeating some and uncovered a lot about how RFRSH wants to be perceived.
2019-04-30 11:02
I forgot I was talking to an american. Typical american standards for journalism.
2019-04-30 11:12
#328
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United States Jammin800k 
I forgot people from different countries were superior to others. Nice complex.
2019-04-30 11:17
LOL if you think there are no countries with better journalism than the USA.
2019-04-30 12:30
#332
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United States Jammin800k 
Does that mean I only know American journalists? No. Does that mean that this interview was done poorly? No. The interviewer is from Barcelona btw.
2019-04-30 18:00
#178
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China teguP 
Threw the evemt cuz Valve mafia confirmed
2019-04-19 00:54
#181
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Finland Acoz 
This guy is so dumb they have the worst tournament format that I have ever seen...
2019-04-19 01:21
I just love Blast events since the first one. It’s something thought on who’s watching in the arena. The stage, the music, everything is great. I’ve been at Blast São Paulo, my first LAN tournament ever. And that was epic, even though MIBR performance. I didn’t get so excited to buy a ticket for ESL One Belo Horizonte, but as soon as I knew Blast was about to host an event in Brazil, I manage to buy my VIP tickets. Long life to Blast Pro Series Events!
2019-04-19 01:25
#188
Estonia rYm 
the guy sounds like a dick, hope BLAST will introduce a better system and fuck astralis
2019-04-19 02:22
I cant take BLAST serious until they will introduce more bo3's. He's talking about getting rid of the "randomness" but then plays bo1's except the finals. He wants my grandma go to a CSGO event, which will not happen. Its a game where you shot ppl in the head and plant bombs as terrorists. there's definetly room for mainstream improvements but in my opinion not as much as he thinks. Also watching the same ole, same ole teams every week is not what i enjoy. the viewing experience watching the top6 teams is oversaturated in my opinion. everyone likes storys like "ENCE's" where a underdog gets really far in a tournament. BLAST will never have this, because they have a closed system with only the best teams, which is absurd, because the performance of the so called best teams is sometimes worse then teams who are not part of the closed BLAST System. BLAST stands for max profits and not max community support.
2019-04-19 02:44
#264
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
+1 Reducing randomness and bo1 BLAST IS A FUCKING JOKE
2019-04-20 09:46
#307
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
you could start using your brain and think about the "randomness" from another POV. it's about the "randomness" in the business side of things. Having things setup like they are (6/7/8 regular "top" teams with a lot of fans) is most likely the best way to make money and succeed, thus eliminating "randomness". is it clear now?
2019-04-23 11:19
Rfresh just hates csgo and surfed on tax payers money who pay half the tournament costs.
2019-04-19 03:18
#195
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Poland Kobel_ 
Exclusive club with a boring BO1 format. Yeah, business-wise it may work, but from competetive point of view it's total crap, and personally I just find it boring and not worth watching.
2019-04-19 03:26
Very possibly the worst interview ive ever read. Interviewer was clearly very opinionated on the topic and the guest just kept continually repeating himself at every new question
2019-04-19 03:59
#217
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Turkey Slapdash 
Agree
2019-04-19 15:01
#197
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Oceania Rusuli 
Props to Valve for defending the space. I hope they take action if these "top teams" keep skipping better events... but it's hard to see how they justify it
2019-04-19 05:42
Did you read the interview? It’s not about valve despite what the title says.
2019-04-19 11:38
#275
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Oceania Rusuli 
Yes I read the interview. Valve wants to protect the industry from monopoly power.
2019-04-21 06:14
1 line in the article. Not what it is actually about.
2019-04-21 11:57
#287
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Oceania Rusuli 
Your baits are retarded....
2019-04-21 20:21
The entire article is about the format, player schedules etc. Literally 1 segment about valve itself.
2019-04-21 21:12
#292
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Oceania Rusuli 
That is still completely irrelevant to anything I've said thus far, and I already knew since I read the interview. Cognition is just hard for you?
2019-04-22 12:48
Very nice interview, but I still hope they will change the format. :D
2019-04-19 07:02
Azzztralizzz cheaters. Rigged tournament ez
2019-04-19 08:20
#203
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Luxembourg alex24 
rigged tournaments i`m never watching blast events ever
2019-04-19 10:58
the format alone is a joke and justify nobody take those tournaments seriously
2019-04-29 10:38
#204
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Finland Malixoxo 
What an obnoxious cunt this guy is, holy shit... He should fuck off from CS scene with his shitty company.
2019-04-19 11:17
You don’t think the interviewer is the obnoxious cunt here? I’m guessing you thought cathy newman won against jordan peterson as well? Same tiers of journalism
2019-04-19 11:38
#216
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Turkey Slapdash 
+1
2019-04-19 15:01
#211
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Denmark KeyziiN 
TLDR please
2019-04-19 13:43
#108
2019-04-19 15:03
#236
 | 
Denmark KeyziiN 
tyty
2019-04-19 18:09
#212
Estonia rYm 
this kind of dicks will ruin the scene
2019-04-19 13:45
#219
 | 
Turkey Slapdash 
Is this an investigation or an interview?
2019-04-19 15:04
#224
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Slovakia bombmeister 
I'm sad...in 2019 we have as main tournaments something with "semi-closed circuit of teams" and such a terrible format...also that guy in interview, he was commercial as fuck, not good for scene
2019-04-19 15:52
they jsut wanna more case keys sold thats really what they ever care about everything else they say = bs
2019-04-19 16:12
? this guy doesn't work for valve. Obvious you didn't read the interview.
2019-04-19 19:04
RIP
2019-04-19 16:48
"I'm from Denmark and there's a football league there." LUL
2019-04-19 19:38
He is the father of Jordi ENP
2019-04-19 21:22
#252
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
rfrsh nazis
2019-04-20 00:11
is thorin behind this shitty ass questions?? CARMAC GO AND FUCK UR SELF U FKING JEW u kill cs 1.6 u PRICK!!
2019-04-20 03:37
#308
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
oof
2019-04-23 11:20
#259
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United States Raptorial 
Fuck RFRSH OMEGALUL
2019-04-20 07:24
R3T4RDFRSH
2019-04-20 08:46
#268
KK | 
Hungary icbad 
too long
2019-04-20 14:55
#269
stinx | 
Czech Republic stinx 
quality article indeed 10/10
2019-04-20 18:34
6 teams - I taste blood
2019-04-20 22:35
Excited to see them kick Cloud9 from the circuit with their competitive clause... Rank 55, closer to the Global Finals than Ence or Vitality. #emotions
2019-04-21 04:32
you really expect me to read even half of that
2019-04-21 08:37
"We don't advocate for them to play too much, like what happened with MIBR now, who traveled to China, then Brazil, then back to China, now Miami... That's hurting them a lot" Nobody forces them to take part in all tournaments they are invited to.
2019-04-21 10:33
They wanna have the most chances possible so there will be at least ONE time where they wont be totally shit eventually
2019-04-29 10:37
#283
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Brazil GoldZera 
:^) sure
2019-04-21 12:35
#298
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Russia refrain 
when are you going to make video-interviews? who the fuck gonna read this college books except autists? :)
2019-04-23 02:51
yea man same thoughts as if the brain dead baiting monkeys on hltv would read that whole thing xddd
2019-04-23 19:12
super weak interview as expected from hltv, capitalist bootlickers. fucking grill this guy over the CLEAR AS DAY confict of interest that would not be allowed in regulated industries or dont do the interview at all. this really shows your true colors. all you care about is them betting dollars.
2019-04-23 11:00
#312
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United States Envsion 
That was a real shitty interview, I still don't have an opinion on the BLAST format but its just weird to have a finals match on a saturday, it isn't like a team is going to play another tournament or match on sunday. It kinda just makes that day dead. also I'm really surprised there were no "quick maths" in the comments, come on HLTV 😉
2019-04-24 21:44
Biggest scumbag thx fo him for matchfixing and all that shit a i hope csgo betti g die asap
2019-04-25 13:58
I don't see a problem with this. Valve allows it, the teams allow it and stimulate it ... The format is short... Sometimes I think it does not interfere with the rest. They say that there is exclusivity but, are not the teams the ones that choose where to play? Some complain about this. Has not Valve made a change to his game? Since the skins are not the objective and the game is F2P, then you have to take money from somewhere. They take it out of the competitions and BLAST pays them for it, as ESL pays them and the others, so ... The best thing is to enjoy. I particularly like the Blast Pro series. I like the Counter-Strike, no matter what or who the event is, the important thing is that you keep playing. Also, the variety in them is fine.
2019-04-27 04:26
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United States Jammin800k 
Valve also had no rules in place against match fixing until it happened. We need to be proactive not reactive.
2019-04-30 22:21
I understand. Do you think BPS is fixing matches?
2019-05-02 18:04
Please no conrupt organization in CSGO get out there, Blast is the biggest joke of a tournament ive seen in a while and it ruin the year schedule by taking away teams for such an irrelevant and annoying tournament
2019-04-29 10:35
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United States Jammin800k 
Tl;dr RFRSH want exclusivity and a closed circuit later on but currently do not have the reach to do so, so in the meantime they are leveraging the fact that Astralis is favoring Blast tournaments to grow their product and get other big brand name organizations on board.
2019-04-30 22:29
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