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Valve Asks Seven Teams to Settle Conflict of Interests Before ESL One Rio

Seven Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams have received a letter from game developer Valve requesting they resolve conflicts of interest in order to participate in the November Major – ESL One Rio.

The letter was sent to MIBR, Immortals Gaming Club, Yeah Gaming, FaZe Clan, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas, Ninjas in Pyjamas and ENCE following the completion of a conflict of interest form handed in by each organisation.

Sourced by ESPN, Immortals CEO Ari Segal said in a statement: “At the beginning of the year, we entered into a services agreement with Yeah and were subsequently made aware of certain MIBR members’ ownership interests in that company, We disclosed the services agreement and encouraged Yeah to disclose its ownership conflicts to Valve. Following disclosure to Valve, both the services agreement and ownership issue were made public, and have been widely known in the CS community for several months. Now that Valve has informed us of its official stance, we will of course take the necessary measures to ensure compliance.

Other conflicts of interest identified in the letter include Immortals executive Tomi ‚ÄúLurppis‚ÄĚ being a co-founder and stakeholder in ENCE. Dignitas player Christopher ‚ÄúGeT_RiGhT‚ÄĚ Alesund is also a shareholder within Ninjas in Pyjamas but has been actively working to transfer his shares since joining Dignatas.

All teams are confident they will be able to resolve their issues before the Major kicks off in November.

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