MIBR, Yeah to compete in ESL One: Road to Rio despite conflict of interest as Valve looks to promote multi-team ownership discussion

MIBR and Yeah have both been given the green light to compete in ESL One: Road to Rio despite the strong ties between the two squads as Valve aims to reignite the discussion about the sensitive topic of multiple team ownership, HLTV.org and Globo Esporte reveal.

Group B of ESL One: Road to Rio - North America will begin on Thursday with the first round of fixtures, featuring a clash between MIBR and Yeah, two teams sharing more than just nationality.

Once a household name in the Brazilian Counter-Strike scene in the early 2000s, Yeah was relaunched in January 2018 by numerous prominent figures, including current MIBR player Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo and team coach Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia. Current Evil Geniuses coach Wilton "⁠zews⁠" Prado and FaZe's Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David are, too, among the team's investors, and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo was also involved in the project in the past. This umbilical relationship has been commented on by multiple parties involved and is even mentioned in the "about" section on Yeah's website.

TACO is among the investors in Yeah

Yeah was rebuilt with the goal of helping to nurture some of the top prospects coming through in Brazil, a country with a deep talent pool, just like Games Academy had done in the past. Yeah built a new team in January by bringing together former members of Sharks, paiN and Imperial, with the players then moving to Los Angeles, where MIBR's gaming house is also located.

Prior to the start of ESL One: Road to Rio, every team had to fill out a form declaring whether or not they had a financial relationship with a competitor and listing every existing conflict of interest. Failure to do so could result in immediate disqualification and/or forfeiture of proceeds.

In the documents submitted by MIBR and Yeah, which HLTV.org obtained, both parties confirmed that there are financial ties between the teams. TACO, dead, zews and coldzera are all listed as co-owners of Yeah even though they allegedly don’t take any decisions on the company's behalf. In exchange for a set annual fee, MIBR's parent company, the Immortals Gaming Club, has the option to "buy out at most two players from YeaH Gaming’s roster in a calendar year at an agreed upon price."

Contacted by HLTV.org, a Valve representative explained that the sole requirement for ESL One: Road to Rio was that "participating teams disclose existing conflicts of interest, and that those disclosures be made public so that the community can have an opportunity to discuss them." This is the reason why both MIBR and Yeah will be allowed to participate in the tournament despite the game developer previously stating that "teams and players should not have any financial interest in the success of any team that they are competing against."

This latest development could represent a major shift in the competitive landscape and witness the return of academy teams, which were shut down by organisations after tournaments took a firm stance against multiple team ownership. This was also the reason why RFRSH Entertainment decided to scale down and focus solely on Astralis after initially supporting four different squads. The Danish team, who hold the record for the most Majors won (four), ended up splitting in July 2019 from the esports media agency, which is operating the BLAST Premier circuit.

Below you can find the declaration of interest from 19 teams competing in ESL One: Road to Rio, shared by Valve:

Australia 100 Thieves - Here
Denmark Astralis - Here
United States Cloud9 - Here
Europe Complexity - Here
Sweden Dignitas - Here
Finland ENCE - Here
United States Evil Geniuses - Here
Europe FaZe - Here
Sweden fnatic - Here
Sweden NIP - Here
France G2 - Here and Here
United States Gen.G - Here
Brazil MIBR - Here
Europe mousesports - Here
Spain Movistar Riders - Here
North America Envy - Here
United States Liquid - Here
France Vitality - Here
Brazil Yeah - Here

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
No team
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Maps played:
Yeah, MiBR!
2020-04-22 21:37
7 replies
2020-04-22 21:38
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Finland iBait
I like how Movistar Riders had no idea what they were supposed to write down haha
2020-04-22 21:51
4 replies
Russia Sur10n
2020-04-22 22:03
OK | 
Peru TheJuan
Liquid forgot to sign theirs too
2020-04-22 22:04
Brazil Kacas
2020-04-22 22:24
2020-04-22 23:22
they would compete anyway :/ Yeah wouldn't
2020-04-23 02:29
2020-04-22 21:37
KAY,but are they even good?
2020-04-22 21:37
2020-04-22 21:37
yeah its mibr ?
2020-04-22 21:38
2 replies
Yeah roster are young players with potential from Brasil, the idea is to finance their moe to NA in order to develop. Of course the owners will make money on their transfers in the future
2020-04-23 01:28
mibr academy it seems.
2020-04-23 01:47
2020-04-22 21:38
only way for mibr to win is by owning the opponents and making them throw 400IQ
2020-04-22 21:39
3 replies
2020-04-22 21:49
Hungary subzera
"throw the game or we are dissolving your organization bish"
2020-04-22 23:33
Brazil Karlogaria
2020-04-23 01:10
United States clockworkk
2020-04-22 21:39
2020-04-22 21:39
Even with 2 teams they won't qualify for the Major xaxaxa.
2020-04-22 21:40
3 replies
2020-04-22 22:28
2 replies
8+8=16 Flag checks out xaxaxa.
2020-04-23 10:35
1 reply
? You must be an retarded baguette
2020-04-23 13:40
Sweden pablo49
GeT_RiGhT still getting shares from NiP Pog
2020-04-22 21:43
2 replies
United States hleev4
why is part of the nip contract redacted (blacked out)?
2020-04-23 21:27
1 reply
I thought that too. Probably something they dont want to make public yet so it is blacked out here.
2020-04-24 12:29
Did anyone read the document? :D Other party: YeaH Gaming ! Nature of conflict: MIBR parent company IGC has an agreement with YeaH. In exchange for a set annual fee payable regardless of actual roster changes, IGC has an option to buy out at most 2 players from YeaH Gaming’s roster in a calendar year at an agreed upon price. This is very interesting
2020-04-22 21:44
3 replies
Look at movie star Riders
2020-04-23 07:10
2 replies
everyone: *professional statements about possible serious links regarding conflicts of interest* movistar riders: "uh idk we were invited to a qualifier, is that ok?"
2020-04-23 08:03
1 reply
They also clearly didnt know what the _______'s are for :DDDDD
2020-04-23 08:17
2020-04-22 21:45
yeah =mibr academy
2020-04-22 21:46
Ukraine SPKtheGOD
no navi ?
2020-04-22 21:47
1 reply
No CIS region so maybe in the future, When will start Rtr CIS where Navi have a performance.
2020-04-23 00:22
dignitas owner cant even write a proper declaration LUL
2020-04-22 21:48
1 reply
Norway Seinande
Not owner, Fifflaren :P
2020-04-23 00:32
Fixed match
2020-04-22 21:48
Unacceptable, MiBR should be disqualified!
2020-04-22 21:49
So basically GTR owns 1,92% of NiP
2020-04-22 21:51
2020-04-22 21:53
you tagged the wrong Imperial on the article when mentioning the teams where Yeah got their current players
2020-04-22 21:54
1 reply
Thanks, fixed!
2020-04-22 22:16
Lol, look at the col doc, they couldnt even properly fill it.
2020-04-22 21:55
Conflict of interest to determine who will get last and who gets second last
2020-04-22 21:56
4 replies
lmao +1
2020-04-22 22:00
hey, are you bankrupt already?
2020-04-23 00:16
2 replies
:D long time no see Apple men))
2020-04-23 00:27
1 reply
long time no see pal, how's everything? I heard the oil business is going like shit...
2020-04-23 01:51
Teams thought they are being clever with 6 players meanwhile Mibr had 10 for a while
2020-04-22 21:57
Brazil bigjohnson
One thing they "forgot" to mention is that Camila Pompei, who sings for Yeah Gaming, is actually dead's wife
2020-04-22 22:00
2 replies
do you think shes a good singer?
2020-04-22 22:10
Norway JakkeJ
Next level. Screw psychologists and nutritionists, they have their own singer!
2020-04-23 00:05
Japan pawbeast
what is that conflict of interests? some polak translate please and why mibr wasnt invited to play esl rio lol its in brasil
2020-04-22 22:10
1 reply
You can't get invited to a major, you have to qualify and MiBR are in the first out of the three qualification events rn.
2020-04-23 21:50
2020-04-22 22:13
lmao these "signatures", some just write "X" haha and wtf these "owners" are younger than me?!!! nice rich?? how tf do they have this money at this age lmao all born after '87 look at all the docs..... 😋
2020-04-22 22:17
all in YEAH
2020-04-22 22:18
Usher - Yeah
2020-04-22 22:19
Other vhoks
WTF Cold's ties with Yeah isn't listed in FaZe's declaration shiiiiet
2020-04-22 22:24
3 replies
It is about the owner of the org. he isn't the owner of Faze. But sure in future it should also about players conflicts. It is enough that it is mention in YEAH
2020-04-22 23:10
2 replies
Other vhoks
FaZe's declaration is from their Head of Esports, so he spoke not only on the administration's behalf, but also on the athletes'. Omitting Coldzera's ties with Yeah is a big deal and very weird considering mibr and EG were completely clear on this matter. There's no way ESL isn't aware already, and best case scenario for FaZe if they get pressed on this matter is getting away by alledging they were incompetent on a crucial matter.
2020-04-23 02:50
1 reply
I guess Valve have to decide how they deal with it
2020-04-23 12:05
2020-04-22 22:25
hard for throwbr
2020-04-22 22:34
disband pls MIBR..i lost my home vs Mad Lions..
2020-04-22 22:36
2 replies
Brazil zZ3USz
i lost my hope, your home is nothing compared to that... 😭😭😭
2020-04-23 01:57
Europe AlL1n
Nice I got 3 more flats now.
2020-04-23 17:22
United States xiquo
yeah suck tho so no need to throw. they will lose anyway.
2020-04-22 22:38
doesn't matter because Yeah will be stomped in all games
2020-04-22 22:39
Russia Jet1k
> Valve encouraging community discussion what a fucking lie lmfao
2020-04-22 22:53
interesting about the esl shares
2020-04-22 23:07
Australia Beard43
This seems reasonable. I think that provided both teams have different management it's unlikely that there would be an issue. They both presumably have a responsibility to their respective sponsors and fans to perform to the best of their ability regardless of their opponent. I also think academy teams are a great idea, it's a really excellent way to uncover or test talent. Interesting development, I wasn't aware that this was a reason why academy teams had been abandoned.
2020-04-22 23:09
Poland Kobel_
tbh it'd be great if academy teams returned
2020-04-22 23:16
Brazil wololo10
So it's -taco, more worried about business than playing
2020-04-22 23:16
Hungary subzera
facking bish sheaters
2020-04-22 23:21
it doesnt make any difference they both suck
2020-04-22 23:22
yeah has no chance...they lost their last 2 games in efire league...
2020-04-22 23:23
The reason why both MIBR and Yeah will be allowed to participate is because they have zero chances to win
2020-04-22 23:32
The reason why both MIBR and Yeah will be allowed to participate is because they have zero chances to win
2020-04-22 23:32
Croatia Netkov
yeah sure
2020-04-22 23:39
2020-04-22 23:59
2020-04-22 23:59
both shit teams so doesn't matter
2020-04-23 00:03
Seems like a rigged match in favor to MIBR.
2020-04-23 00:10
2020-04-23 00:11
GLOBOESPORTE kkkkkkkkkkk
2020-04-23 00:24
2020-04-23 00:31
So, it's only a problem if Astralis does it?
2020-04-23 00:48
Good. Why would it even be a problem? I don't think teams would throw a match if they play against each other.
2020-04-23 00:57
yeah 0 wins tier 999 team
2020-04-23 01:25
Really good that these conflict of interest papers are public. Helps to have transparency instead of journalists leaking info and Orgs either not commenting or denying it.
2020-04-23 01:26
Delete mibr. Yeah is better.
2020-04-23 01:31
2020-04-23 01:33
Unfortunately, i dont think neither will make it.
2020-04-23 01:46
3 replies
Europe AlL1n
So what now who is top 1 in Brazil after furia nerd Aug nerd turned furia from to 5 to fight for top 30 what will happen now.
2020-04-23 17:26
2 replies
Your point is?
2020-04-23 18:05
1 reply
Europe AlL1n
You got no scene you are American Poland.
2020-04-24 01:29
Taiwan king224747
So I checked all of those signs . How come some of them look like drawing s
2020-04-23 02:03
United Kingdom FEodAL
lol this is good stuff
2020-04-23 03:17
here's Yeah losing 0-2 to tier 1000000000000 NA mix play.efire.gg/match/5e97u4ydzd
2020-04-23 04:07
It's fine because neither of them will be in for that long
2020-04-23 08:27
HAHAHA I'm laughing my ass out of ENCE signature
2020-04-23 09:20
Unlike IBP, Yeah won't fix a match for money xD
2020-04-23 09:36
2020-04-23 13:13
I don't see anyone talking about Team Spirit and Espada
2020-04-23 14:42
taco is a legend
2020-04-23 21:53
Movistar riders document is the funniest one (after you see others declarations docs from bigger teams).
2020-04-23 22:47
Why is one of NIP's reports redacted?
2020-04-23 23:03
nice gifted Ace clutch for Fallen twitter.com/DonHaci/status/1253433498255.. Help from TACO to stay on the team maybe? These kinds of videos will keep Fallen in the conversation to be still capable of playing. Or maybe TACO should get his money back for them throwing like this/peeking one by one.
2020-04-24 00:26
interesting for me atleast
2020-04-24 13:31
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