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CBCS to host first two South American RMR events

CBCS will host the first two Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events in South America, the Brazilian tournament organiser announced on Thursday. The first of the two events, called “CBCS Elite League”, is set to commence on April 22 with a 16-team Swiss group stage, and will culminate with the playoffs from May 13-16. Notably, MIBR will return to South America from an extended stay in Europe to compete in the event, in which they will be the highest-ranked side in attendance.

MIBR will compete in the first South American RMR event

9z, who impressed in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown on Thursday with a shocking victory over Vitality, will also be in attendance, with the likes of Sharks, DETONA, and Isurus filling out some of the other invite slots. Two spots in the event will remain open for teams from a closed qualifier, which is currently underway.

Details are sparse regarding the organiser’s second RMR event, which will run sometime between July and August. Both events will utilise the same format, offering points towards the RMR leaderboard, with only the top-placed team from South America qualifying for the PGL Stockholm Major. MIBR are currently leading the region’s ranking with 80 points after topping the 2020 RMR standings while playing under BOOM.

The team list for the CBCS Elite League Season 1 looks as follows:

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ESIC involves FBI in North American match-fixing investigation

The Commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), Ian Smith, has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now involved in the ongoing investigation into match-fixing in North American Counter-Strike, which has been underway since September 2020.

Mr. Smith stated that the investigation is covering two groups: one consisting of players who bet on themselves when the opportunity struck, and one group of players who were bribed by outside “betting syndicates” in order to fix matches in an organised fashion.

“It is part of a far bigger investigation, which is going to take us a little bit longer, unfortunately, which is that… there has been, amongst a relatively small but significant group of players, over a long period of time, organized match-fixing in North American MDL,” the ESIC Commissioner explained in an interview with CS:GO content creator “slash32”.

“We are, to some extent, working with law enforcement, working with the FBI, who only recently have had a sports betting investigative unit within the FBI. They’re good, but they are inexperienced because sports betting hasn’t really been a thing in America until recently, so everybody is kind of finding their feet on that one.”

The findings of the first subsection of the investigation, Mr. Smith added, should be made public “within the next ten days to two weeks”. He added that the commission has “really good corroborating evidence” of wrongdoing and that the players will be banned “for a very, very long time”. In January, 35 players were banned for periods ranging from 12 months to five years for betting-related offences in Australian events.

“The first part we’ll deal with quite quickly, because… we’re dealing with idiots, basically,” Mr. Smith said.

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[VOD] Talking Liquid and North American scene on HLTV Confirmed with moses

The ups and downs that Liquid went through since adding moses as their head coach in August of last year will be the key part of HLTV Confirmed S5E30. The American analyst-turned-coach will also give his opinion on the state of competition in North America and recent roster changes.

Liquid’s coach will take part in the show

Together with the regulars of the show, Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, moses will help break down the upcoming ESL Pro League group stage, including Liquid‘s challenging group D.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with moses
-Moving away from broadcast work
-Settling into Liquid
-2020 run & Twistzz departure
-FalleN addition, IGL situation
-2021 Europe bootcamp and recent results
-Goals for the year
Recent news
-oBo rounds out EG roster
-G2 bench kennyS, JaCkz return to roster
-Upset-heavy DreamHack Masters qualifier
-Changes in Triumph, Extra Salt
Looking forward
-NA scene this year
-What are the high-priority tournaments in 2021?
ESL Pro League
-Group A: Roster changes and upset potential?
-Group B: Proving time (Vitality, FaZe, NIP, G2)
-Group C: Easy mode?
-Group D: Liquid’s tough predicament
Playtime
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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