As you're all aware, ESEA has recently betrayed the trust of their entire user base by using their anti-cheat client to mine Bitcoins. The response here on Reddit has been overwhelmingly against ESEA and I'm sure many of you have unsubscribed from the service. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the response from the old school/pro CS players in the competitive scene. They have been around a long time and seen a lot of shady things, so to them this is no surprise. The way they see it is that ESEA has done a lot for CS in the past, so they're willing to let even this massive, criminal action slide. They mostly don't seem to care or realize that this scandal is forever going to hinder the growth of the game if it is the only way to play competitively. New players won't be giving their money or computers over to an organization like ESEA. Nor should they. So what's the solution? In order for the CS community to grow to its full potential we need an alternative, but building a system like ESEA from the ground up will take an entire team of people dedicated to the community multiple months of full time work to get off the ground. Aside from even just a time commitment this is also a huge monetary commitment. Where is this money going to come from? With such a small community it will be hard to garner big dollar sponsors. Not to mention that the alternative most likely won't have support from the old school/pro players at the start as many of them are complacent in their abusive relationship with ESEA. Ultimately, what does this all mean? Valve must step in and invest the time and money to create a quality system to replace ESEA. Surely they must see after this whole fiasco that they can no longer trust their competitive scene to third parties. Maybe they're working on this, and in general they've been pretty quiet about their plans for the game, so it's quite possible that they've been working on it from the start. It seems to make some sense that many of the more simple game play fixes and tweaks have been delayed due to work being done on some larger aspect of the game. This is the only guaranteed path I see to ensure the growth and long term success of CS:GO. To be clear, I'm not saying that an alternative cannot work. In fact, I would love to work on an alternative myself. I'm a front end software engineer working for a large web app, so if someone needs some help in that area I'm willing to spend a lot of time on this. Anyways, this post was made halfway to satisfy my own need to rant, but I think it's very important that we get this in front of Valve's face as much as possible. They are ultimately responsible for the development of the competitive aspect of this game.
As we all know, ESEA was caught illegally using their user's computers to mine bitcoins. Some of these users have complained about damage to their hardware. In response, Craig 'Torbull' Levine issued a statement that said "We also ask anyone who has experienced any physical damage to their computers to open an ESEA support ticket." Fastforward a few days, ESEA Premium member pissjugs posts a screenshot of a reponse from Levine that says the affected computer would need to be shipped to PC Werks in Garland, Texas. Going to the PC Werks website, one will notice two different phone numbers. The first, 214-658-8352, located in the top righthand corner and the second, 214-341-2852, located in the homepage promotion banner. After Googling the second number, one will find that this is also the same number as an organization called Lethal Gamers. If one goes to the Lethal Gamer's contact page, one will find two email addresses. One is [email protected] and the other is [email protected]. After Googling Lethal Gamers, one will find this ESEA News post about an upcoming Lethal Gamers lan event. Reading through the comments on ESEA, one will learn that Lethal Gamers is run by two guys named Brett and Laurent. Specifically in post #55, ESEA Administrator iTech links to Brett's and Laurent's ESEA profiles. Looking at Brett's ESEA profile you'll notice he goes by B 'Few' S and if you look at his biography you'll also notice that he has been working for ESEA News since 2010. Furthermore, you'll also notice that both Brett 'Few' S and Laurent 'glostik' Genin are both mutual friends with Craig 'Torbull' Levine and Eric 'lpkane' Thunberg on ESEA. So as it stands, we've uncovered that Levine is attempting to get users to ship their computers to a computer repair store that has affiliation with ESEA employees and most likely is staffed by ESEA employees, talk about a conflict of interest. However, let's not stop there. Let's look into some of Laurent 'glostik' Genin's and Brett 'Few' S's comments on the bitcoin matter. Here is a post made by Laurent 'glostik' Genin that reads "I am just wondering how you are going to prove without a shadow of a doubt that your video card was fried by the esea client. In the world of electronics that is going to be near impossible." After I contacted ESEA management about the issue, Laurent 'glostik' Genin responded in the Bitcoin Fiasco thread saying "That PC Shop hes asking you to send stuff to is the same one thats run LethalGamers for 12 yrs. They have always supported the gamers and done alot for the gamers. If theres something legitly wrong with your stuff, they are going to tell you. They are not biased towards anyone." tl;dr - Torbull is telling users that they would need to ship their PC's to a computer repair shop that has affiliation with ESEA employees and is most likely staffed by ESEA employees. These same employees have commented on ESEA saying the issues are "near impossible" to prove. This is a major conflict of interest. Imagine if you got into a car accident and the person that hit you wanted you to take your car to their uncle's bodyshop but without telling you it's their uncle's. This situation is no different. EDIT: This morning, Torbull released a statement on the bitcoin claim process EDIT2: ESEA user The_jorster recounts his positive experience with the recourse process.
Hello, first I want to clarify I'm not asking for a team, how to join a team, or how to "git gud". What I want to ask is basically if anyone has any suggestions for getting more into the CSGO esport scene. I am interested in the different leagues and tournaments and teams and I want to really understand it, but as of now there is a lot of overwhelming information to process. I figured I'd just present my questions in a list and hope some kind soul could answer them for me. 1) Is there any go-to website for finding match and tournament schedules as well as getting to know the different teams and their members? 2) Is there any reliable place I could watch replays (casting preferred) of some high profile matches that have already occurred? I know these are usually on youtube but the clips are very scattered and I'm not sure what I'd be searching for specifically. 3) What is the favored organization for playing competitive matches that are decent? I know of ESEA but I was really turned off of them ever since the bitcoin fiasco. 4) Any other suggestions for getting into this? I try to look at the in-game watch tab to see if anything interesting is going on, but it's always a crapshoot and I never really know in advance. 5) Opinion time! Favorite team? Why? Thanks :)
So with the whole Bitcoin fiasco, my GTX 460 Kicked the bucket so to speak, My PC Fails to POST with it installed. I contacted ESEA about it and I've now been asked to go via the manufacturer to claim under their warranty. My card is out of warranty (by 4 weeks funnily enough) so I'm unable to go that route. However I get the feeling that this is wrong, ESEA asking me to claim under my cards warranty when if it wasn't for their software, the card would probably still be working now as I had 0 overheating issues in the past.
First off, I want to make it clear that I do not agree with what ESEA did in regards to the bitcoin fiasco as well as the actions of some of their admins in the past. However, regardless of what you think of the organization, the good that they have done for CS as a franchise since they've sprung up far outweighs the small controversies of a few admins and a short term bitcoin scandal which they have apologized and owned up to. I feel as if the hate on this subreddit for ESEA deters many new players away from it, even though it is a great place to get started competitively in the CS scene. Sure their admins may sometimes deal with issues in abnormal fashion, but their service in my opinion has always been consistent even especially when it comes to cheaters. With that said, I'm glad lots of people are also playing on altpug, it's great to have some diversity in the NA scene. Remember to tune in this weekend for S15 LAN finals, regardless of your opinion of them, it's beneficial for the NA CS:GO scene.
So the ESEA client would mine bitcoins on computers without the owners consent. http://play.esea.net/index.php?s=forums&d=topic&id=492102 ESEA admins even admitted it.... I don't trust esea after this. renalucario 's post in /gameshttp://www.reddit.com/Games/comments/1dglil/popular_competitive_gaming_league_esea_admins/ Note that this story is still developing: ESEA Statement has been released! Full post at the bottom of this post or click here to read on esea.net ESEA Member unisolsz discovered that the client required to play on ESEA was running a bitcoin miner. After players were complaining about virus alerts being set off from the client and unusually high GPU usage and BSOD errors. The thread he made regarding this can be found here ESEA admin, lpkane admits that it was an "April Fools joke" that was mistakenly left in the client that ran for only 2 days. He claims only 2 bitcoins were mined in total (Roughly around $280 USD) and that it would go towards a prize pool. Source He later corrects that it was running for 2+ weeks and actually raised 29~ bitcoins (around $3,602.21 USD) and to apologize awarded all current ESEA premium members a free month of service and that all the money raised will go into the prize pool. He also claims that all bitcoin mining code was removed from the client. Source #2 Bitcoin miners use up 100% of GPU processes and lead to a lowered hardware lifespan, and can actually damage it permanently. Link to /GlobalOffensive discussion: http://www.reddit.com/GlobalOffensive/comments/1dgad2/esea_client_basically_a_virus/ UPDATE: Someone has pointed out that the bitcoin address that lpkane posted a picture of in his first post is different compared to the address he lists in his second post. Very strange... UPDATE #2: I should clarify that no one that was affected lost any money of their own. It was a poor choice of words for me to say that he 'stole' the money. I was referring to the fact that people that were affected most likely saw an increase in electricity usage, and could possibly have had their computer's hardware damaged. Their computers were used without their consent to 'mine' currency, all of which went to the ESEA admins. UPDATE #3: I was contacted by GGTY886 that informed me that he had posted a thread regarding the mining two hours before unisolsz had posted his that was locked by an admin. Located here There is also a thread located here by a user that discusses the symptoms of the miner. He also sent me a recording of a conversation with an ESEA admin discussing the issue which can be listened to here: The Recording His PM in full in case you're interested: I actually posted a thread before unisolz that actually exposed the bitcoin mining. http://play.esea.net/index.php?s=forums&d=topic&id=492064 I posted 2 hours before his thread, and my thread was locked. Also, one day prior, this guy posted about the symptoms of the mining: http://play.esea.net/index.php?s=forums&d=topic&id=491845 recording with ESEA Admin: http://play.esea.net/index.php?s=forums&d=topic&id=492190 UPDATE #4: Others have pointed out that this isn't the first time lpkane has mentioned mining bitcoins through the ESEA client: http://i.imgur.com/yvMX2DY.png Source UPDATE #5: In a thread dated 4/9/2013, lpkane posts in a thread discussing bitcoins: and you wonder what the client does when you're not in a server.. Source post #23 UPDATE #6: If you've been affected by this, you can file a complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov With this information: E-Sports Entertainment, LLC 62 Rensselaer Drive, Commack, New York, 11725, 631-804-5253 UPDATE #7: Another image that was requested to be added to the OP showing lpkane's comments on bitcoin mining on September 18th, 2012. http://i.imgur.com/SrhyF8d.png UPDATE #8: Craig Levine "Torbull" (owner of ESEA) has posted this statement on the forums regarding the situation: The first I learned about any of this was last night (on any scale). I had no idea any of this was going on. Needless to say I am completely embarrassed, disgusted, and ashamed. For the past ten years, I've tried to do nothing more than to act honestly and be an upstanding leader in the gaming community and with some bad decisions by some trusted people it has been thrown out the window. I'm wrapping my mind around this whole thing and we'll release a formal response, but for the time being just know that this wasn't some ESEA / company wide scam. I'm committed to doing whatever possible to rebuild the trust we lost through this whole fiasco. Source Post #608 Some more information from Craig: Post #632: It's a failure on my part to have the proper oversight to have prevented this from happening and it will be addressed. My primary concern at this point is community trust and how that was destroyed. We need to understand the situation, take the appropriate action with those responsible for it, ensure we have things in place to prevent this from happening, and address anyone who incurred physical damages. How we rebuild the trust of the community in the immediate aftermath and long term future is going to be a different discussion that we need to have as I walk through this all. Post #710: Standby for a more formal response with information about the situation and recourse for those impacted. Post #742: the facts of the situation are beyond what has been shared to this point. We're going to do everything in our power to address the issue of what happened, the broken trust with the community, and any physical hardware damage. Information coming soon, but this is obviously something we take incredibly serious. Post #802: the money will be going somewhere much more righteous than the prize purse in addition to the prize purse Post #810: why would we risk our business and livelihood on making some inconsequential amount of money on Bitcoins I assure you that I and the larger ESEA entity had no knowledge of this. We're working to figure out what happened to respond accordingly. Post #829: His (lpkane's) response there was done more playfully than seriously. We would never knowingly allow this to be done to our community and I'm looking into all of the details for how this happened. Post #886: We will be setting up a mechanism to address anyone who's computer parts were damaged through this process UPDATE #9: PrincessChoadzilla has posted a analysis of the three bitcoin addresses ESEA admins used to collect the bitcoins here and found that there has been 1 bitcoin that is still not accounted for by lpkane. IMPORTANT UPDATE: ESEA Statement has been released: Throughout the history of gaming and e-sports, there have been scams and straight up theft by players, teams, event organizers, and even “sponsors.” Over the past ten years ESEA has prided itself on being an upstanding member of the gaming community by providing a high quality service, paying out prize money, and being upfront and transparent with you, the community. We worked hard to build your trust and often took the longer, slower, and more meticulous road than others. That approach has paid off as we had success with our premium service and league. Over the two weeks we failed our community. ESEA’s goal is to provide our community with cutting edge technology and tools. Whenever possible, the management and owners at ESEA initiate private tests on potential new products and tools that might interest our community. With the whole fervor around Bitcoin, we did conduct some internal tests with the Client on only two of our own, consenting administrators’ accounts to see how the mining process worked and determine whether it was a feature that we might want to add in the future. We thought this might be an exciting new tool that we could provide to our community. Ultimately, we decided that it was not. On April 13, 2013, after the initial tests, ESEA informed those involved in the test that we were killing the project and they should stop using the beta test. It came to our attention last night, however, that an employee who was involved in the test has been using the test code for his own personal gain since April 13, 2013. What transpired the past two weeks is a case of an employee acting on his own and without authorization to access our community through our company’s resources. We are extremely disappointed and concerned by the unauthorized actions of this unauthorized individual. As of this morning, ESEA has made sure that all Bitcoin mining has stopped. ESEA is also in the process of taking all necessary steps internally to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. The owners and management at ESEA all apologize to each of you that were impacted by the recent events and intend to make things right. ESEA has issued a free month of ESEA Premium to all of our community members who were enrolled in Premium for the month of April. We also ask anyone who has experienced any physical damage to their computers to open an ESEA support ticket. In an effort to maintain complete transparency, we have released all of the Bitcoin wallet addresses as well as data dumps of the wallets themselves. The value of the mined Bitcoins was $3,713.50 and ESEA will be donating 100% of the $3,713.55 to the American Cancer Society. ESEA will also match 100% of this amount for a total of $7,427.10 donated. ESEA is also increasing the Season 14 League prize pot by $3,713.50. As a team, we work hard to create cool things and we’ve worked even harder to consistently do things the right way. While it’s incredibly disturbing and disappointing that this happened, we’re committed to improving ourselves and rebuilding trust with our community.
Skandal: ESEA nutzt Client als Bitcoin-Miner *UPDATE* Wie ein User herausgefunden haben soll, nutzte die ESEA ihre Nutzer seit dem 14.04.2013 aus, um Aufgaben zu lösen, die Bitcoins einbringen. Dies soll über den PUG-Clienten passiert sein - die Grafikkarte des Users wurde dabei verwendet. UPDATE: ESEA has published a blog post announcing that, after selling all the Bitcoins mined in this fiasco, the site made $3,713. They’ve also announced a donation to the American Cancer Society. Posted in r/GlobalOffensive by u/ESEANews • 36 points and 37 comments The class-action suit is seeking damages and demanding a trial by jury for the ESEA. Earlier this month, a major scandal tarnished the ESEA's otherwise good reputation when it was revealed that admins had installed Bitcoin mining malware unknowingly onto player's computers. I won't bore you with the details of Bitcoin mining (which is quite interesting, actually), but just know that they ... ESEA started 13 years ago and since then we've pushed a league of a few hundred dollars to over $125,000 per season awarded globally as well as our top teams qualifying to ESL's $750,000 Pro League. We've been a vital force in pushing competitive Counter-Strike to new heights and the million dollar prize pots of today's tournaments are only possible because of the ground work we have been ...
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