Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Valve has ordered seven organisations to resolve conflicts of ownership prior to the Rio Major, according to a report by HLTV.
In November 2019, Valve defined its stance on teams attending any of the developer’s sanctioned Major events with conflicts of interests. The result of which ruled organisations must disclose business relations that may affect match integrity in an effort to maintain transparency and competitive fairness.
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In an email obtained by HLTV, Valve reportedly identified three cases of conflicts representing “a threat to the integrity of the Majors,” after reviewing declarations provided by teams competing in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament.
At the head is Brazillian organisation Yeah, which boasts ownership from several professional Counter-Strike players and coaches including Epitacio “TACO” de Melo, Marcelo “coldzera” David, and Wilton “zews” Prado of MIBR, FaZe Clan, and Evil Geniuses, respectively.
While the co-owners allegedly don’t dictate the organisation’s operations, there is a financial accord between Yeah and Immortals Gaming Club, the parent company of MIBR.
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