ESL evaluates conflicts of interest from Road to Rio participants

ESL has indicated that it is currently evaluating the conflicts of interest reported by the participants of ESL One: Road to Rio.

In a Twitter post, the tournament organizer added that it has messaged teams asking for clarification and admits that it could take "further action" depending on the nature of the additional information provided.

The announcement came just 24 hours after and Globo Esporte reported that Valve would not immediately act upon conflicts of interest between the teams participating in ESL One: Road to Rio, one of the four Regional Major Rankings (RMR) tournaments acting as qualifiers for this year's Counter-Strike Major, for the sake of reigniting the discussion about the sensitive topic of multiple team ownership.

Valve shared with the declarations of interest from 19 teams competing in ESL One: Road to Rio. The documents confirmed that there are close ties between MIBR and Yeah, two teams who will face each other later on Thursday in Group B of the North American division.

MIBR coach Ricardo "⁠dead⁠" Sinigaglia and team member Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo are among the owners of Yeah, though they allegedly do not make any decisions on the company's behalf. The Immortals Gaming Club, MIBR's parent company, holds the option to buy out at most two of Yeah's players in a calendar year for a set price in exchange for an annual fee.

Evil Geniuses coach Wilton "⁠zews⁠" Prado owns a 25 percent stake in Yeah, which raises the possibility of another conflict of interest, though the North American giants can only face the Brazilian team if they both make it out of the groups.

Another conflict of interest in ESL One: Road to Rio, this time in the European division, involves Dignitas and NiP as Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund owns a minority stake in his former team, with the two Swedish giants set to square off on Friday.

With Valve stating that it was looking to give the community the opportunity to discuss the conflicts of interest in the scene, it remains unclear what prompted ESL to consider taking action. has reached out to the tournament organiser for clarification.

Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
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Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
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Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
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Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
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Sweden Trkmag
2020-04-23 21:17
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2020-04-23 21:23
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France Angryy
2020-04-23 21:17
What conflicts of interest?
2020-04-23 21:17
Sweden Lingon
MIBR owns the team thy going to play today
2020-04-23 21:18
put 1000 dollar on YEAH . probably MIBR goin to throw . just like ibp back in the day and dazed
2020-04-23 21:23
Brazil hugoooo
You are really dumb if you think mibr would throw.
2020-04-23 23:00
Brazil EnzoAirezZ
They threw 12-1
2020-04-24 00:31
Brazil EnzoAirezZ
????? Flashpoint My dude
2020-04-24 00:35
Brazil hugoooo
There is a huge difference between THROW and CHOKE. They choked from 12-1. Throwing is when you lose on purpose.
2020-04-24 00:38
what an insane choke tho. still hurts me thinking about it
2020-04-24 03:52
They DON'T, stop spreading fake news the conflict of interest between them is that TACO and dead are investors that's all
2020-04-23 21:36
Sweden Lingon
"Yeah Gaming is co-owned by the esports professionals listed above, also known as TACO, coldzera, dead and zews, respectively."
2020-04-23 21:56
Sweden Lingon
"Immortals Gaming Club has an option to buy out at most 2 of our players, in a calendar year at an agreed upon price, in exchange for a set annual fee payable regardless of actual roster changes." Immortals Gaming Club owns MIBR
2020-04-23 21:57
2020-04-23 22:02
Sweden Lingon
Same thing
2020-04-23 22:04
it isn't
2020-04-23 22:30
true, its slightly worse if an org owns a team
2020-04-23 23:58
So is the same for Faze and EG.
2020-04-23 22:50
Argentina Joedash
Faze will never face Yeah, they will get disqualified before that happens xD.
2020-04-24 01:34
Not true. why people so dumb
2020-04-24 06:32
United Kingdom Theriskk
mibr players part own YEAH!
2020-04-23 21:18
mibr player are own yeah and they are playing against them
2020-04-23 21:18
taco, fallen, dead are part owners of yeah
2020-04-23 21:34
#38 FalleN is not associated with Yeah anymore source:
2020-04-23 21:38
my bad
2020-04-23 22:22
all good bro
2020-04-23 22:24
Brazil pvalves17
Nop, dead, taco, zews and coldzera are the owners
2020-04-23 21:39
2020-04-23 21:18
United States Fitzy0
Flashpoint ownership conflicts?
2020-04-23 21:18
Brazil tucabrum
2020-04-23 21:18
2020-04-23 21:19
Bulgaria goshyy
So what?
2020-04-23 21:19
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Brazil xxAxx
RIP Mibr Valve trying to save Fer, Fallen and Taco for a humiliating elimination from qualifying.
2020-04-23 21:23
Ban mibr
2020-04-23 21:20
Flag checks out
2020-04-23 21:30
nt simp
2020-04-23 21:31
Finland J3bediah
Stop using that stupid word
2020-04-23 21:38
its my first time using it wtf
2020-04-23 21:38
hahahaha valve valve...
2020-04-23 21:22
1 hour before the game, GG carmac
2020-04-23 21:22
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Albania Edjon
carmac only manages iem tournaments i think
2020-04-23 21:49
FFS It’s just A Game!
2020-04-23 21:26
Hong Kong RongYi
With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line
2020-04-24 00:48
2020-04-24 14:29
Serbia DjapeZ
Its not just a game.
2020-04-24 01:27
Rofl, ever since millionaires started investing it's been a business, not a game.
2020-04-24 10:50
Brazil Proliz
Hell yeah
2020-04-23 21:29
Players playing against team which they own.. yeah no conflict there at all
2020-04-23 21:37
they should just sell their shares to their mother and its all fixed
2020-04-24 10:55
Probably orglees players crying.
2020-04-23 21:39
we wont be able to tell though if Taco is throwing
2020-04-23 21:40
50 minutes before the match KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-04-23 21:42
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Russia ToughGuy
2020-04-23 21:43
There is no conflict, ESL TwoFaced needs to schnauze
2020-04-23 21:59
United Kingdom _eilrahC
I dont understand? How is owning shares / or join ownership a problem? They can't make decisions, they just make profit
2020-04-23 22:15
because you are playing against yourself in some shape or form, that may influence decisions.. you could lose on purpose and bet on your second team, shit like that
2020-04-23 22:37
You could bet against your own team and throw regardless of ownership of the opposing team, referencing iBP.
2020-04-23 23:28
sure, but it's even easier and a sure thing if you own both teams :D
2020-04-23 23:30
United Kingdom _eilrahC
True but would you really expect mibr to throw? They are all legendary players and they wouldnt risk getting banned
2020-04-23 23:51
you'd be amazed what people do these days, integrity has gone down the tube long time ago
2020-04-24 00:01
Dazed had ties to netcodeguides
2020-04-26 17:06
The "conflict of interest" is just a terrible tier 6 team playing against their bosses LUL
2020-04-23 22:16
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United States girls
is this etc etc brasil
2020-04-23 22:19
2020-04-23 22:28
Glad to hear at least ESL has some brain.
2020-04-23 22:45
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United Kingdom KainZ
well they are still letting the games happen so its irrelevant saying anything lets just pay attention to betting patterns etc.
2020-04-23 23:10
Germany grabke
Lite late to evaluate it now !!! They are already playing against each other.
2020-04-23 23:25
2020-04-23 23:36
Leave it to the pros trying to make bank to fuck the whole proscene up :D
2020-04-23 23:43
Technically dead and taco are assisting the scene actually by helping a lower tier Brazilian team who may not have the funds to compete otherwise. The conflicts just need to be managed. It’s a difficult situation and an uncomfortable one for taco and dead more than anyone else
2020-04-24 00:49
This aged well
2020-04-23 23:53
I mean... If anything, this is ESL's fault, they're the ones who put mibr and Yeah on the same group
2020-04-24 00:20
Yes,its their Fault. I don't understand why it's an issue now. Just before the match, as if MIBR or Yeah made a mistake. I guess this post means, ESL is evaluating their rule book.
2020-04-24 00:29
Decisions about groups can’t be made taking that into account though. The end result of that would be buying a .05% stake in the big teams so you wouldn’t have to play them in groups.
2020-04-24 00:50
Highly doubt that this method is financially viable, since you would lose to those big teams in playoffs immediately.
2020-04-24 12:26
Of course. It was just an example of what could happen at the extreme end of this if this was correct. You do have to remember though that for some orgs making it out of groups is a huge win money wise. They don’t need to win the tournament for it to be seen as hugely beneficial to their org
2020-04-24 14:23
If spend money on shares, it doesnt matter anymore, how big of a team you are. You need to make the money, which you spent on shares, and just being out of groups wont get you anything near what 5-6 teams' relevant share is worth.
2020-04-24 15:19
You’re completely missing the point
2020-04-24 23:50
322 incoming
2020-04-24 01:00
2020-04-24 05:06
GTR conflict is too low that it should matter. I mean if he would lose vs NIP with purpose he would probably lose money. MIBR and YEAH is a fucking joke. You saw yesterday YEAH was throwing as much as possible. ESL can't guarantee fair play there so the only conclusion is to say they have to choose which teams play.
2020-04-24 07:39
Germany NitczkaCS
Either there is a rule or there isn’t! Because of this Optic is disband...
2020-04-24 08:18
evil geniuses north american "giants" lul
2020-04-24 09:58
Ukraine StaR1y
Ban all team!
2020-04-24 11:37 The old statement says: "leagues with shared ownership by multiple teams". This means Flashpoint and it's founder teams should also be targeted.
2020-04-24 12:15
Then many people wondering why throws are happening ... Guess why !
2020-04-24 12:29
Just remove br from esl they suck anyways
2020-04-24 17:14
coldzera 2x HLTV #1 device KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-04-24 17:18
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Russia mcdima
what u mean bro
2020-04-27 06:12
Kick them all from this tourney. GTr, MIBR, yeah and coldzera if he has ownership in a team other than faze. They had long time to fix this, now act on it Volvo or u are a joke and so say bye to cs go esports
2020-04-26 13:48
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