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Two months ago, Immortals was one of the most talented and exciting professional teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. Now, the team has fired one player and benched two more amidst two weeks filled with controversy.


Whether it was minor squabbles between opponents or quiet strife between teammates, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive scene has never been completely drama-free. But never before has anything escalated so far as one player threatening the life of another, and one of the game’s largest organizations having its entire roster implode almost overnight.


So here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about one of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s biggest scandals.




What happened?


Three players from Immortals, a North American team with some big funders behind it, arrived late to a finals match at a tournament, forcing the team to forfeit the first match in a best-of-three. Immortals lost the tournament, and left one of Immortals' most popular players, Kng, suspended — and then terminated — from the team just a day later.




Who’s Kng?

Vito Giuseppe, better known by his in-game name, Kng, is one of Immortals’ most popular players. Known for his flashy plays and fiery passion, Giuseppe has become one of the standouts in an already talented lineup. Joining Giuseppe on Immortals are his close friends Lucas Teles and his brother, Henrique “HEN1” Teles, as well as Ricardo “Boltz” Prass and Lucas “Steel” Lopes.



So, why did Kng get suspended?


It all started on Sept. 10, the final day of the Dreamhack Montreal CS:GO tournament, when Giuseppe and the Teles brothers cost their team the first map of the series by showing up late. Tardiness is typically seen as extremely disrespectful to the time and effort of the opposing team, as well to the fans and event organizers.


This wasn’t the first time that day that the three players had been late to a match. Just a few hours earlier that same day, they failed to show up on time to their semifinal match against Counter Logic Gaming.


While being late, and forfeiting one map in the finals might be bad, Immortals didn’t deem Kng's behavior suspension-worthy. The organization instead fined its own players one month of salary, as well as their portion of the winnings for the team’s second place finish; all of this money was then donated to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Montreal.


But it was the death threat Giuseppe tweeted to a fellow CS:GO professional player that got him suspended.


Wait — a death threat?


Yep, a death threat sparked by a “joke” from another player about why Giuseppe and the Teles brothers were really late to Immortals’ matches that day.


In a statement he made on Facebook on Sept. 21, Giuseppe said that all the late arrivals at the Dreamhack Montreal tournament were due to exhaustion. The team had just played a tournament the previous weekend, and it had simply overslept through their alarms before both games, he said.




However, other teams at the event, namely Counter Logic Gaming, seemed to have other ideas about what might have happened. The CLG coach, Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa, wrote on Twitter during the finals that “after apparently spending the night partying, IMT players showed up late to our match this morning. And again now."


Rattacasa later clarified that while he wasn’t completely sure the Immortals team members were partying, “ heard it this AM from multiple sources as they were late for our match.”


While Rattacasa’s accusations are fairly explicit, it was a tweet made by CLG player, Pujan “FNS” Mehta that got the most attention.


“Worst part is I lost to a team with 3 players who were hung over,” said Mehta on Twitter, just moments after it was announced that Immortals would forfeit the first game of the finals.

This isn’t the first time that rumors have circulated about the three Immortals players partying the night before a tournament final, but this is the most obvious callout. With these accusations out in the open, Giuseppe, who apparently found Mehta’s tweet to be both false and unacceptable, fired back with a tweet of his own.


“You’ll prove it or I’ll kill you," he wrote, according to a screenshot of a since-deleted tweet.

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It’s worth noting that Giuseppe has not apologized for his tweet or stepped back from the threat at all at time of writing. While the tweet was deleted shortly after, later reports suggested that Giuseppe had to be restrained after trying to search the hotel for Mehta himself. Mehta also tweeted that he was afraid to attend the event’s after party following Giuseppe’s alleged threat.




How did Immortals respond?


Well, at first, it didn’t. The organization’s CEO tweeted just once about the event, writing, “Apologies to #IMTCSGO fans. We will address this internally. Actions should have consequences.” The team later issued an official response in the form of a video, almost two weeks after the incident on Sept. 22. In it, Noah Whinston, Immortals’ chief executive, addresses everything that had occurred around Giuseppe and the team since the tournament in Montreal.



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I don't even play CS:GO but this is juicy! Keep it up!
 

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When I was very young and at a PC cafe ( minus the cafe part because I don't know what to call it otherwise, lol) with my brother, a lot of people were playing Counter-Strike and someone ended up throwing another guy into a glass display counter. This game seems to have a tendency to really bring out the worst in people.
 
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