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ESPORTS HUDDLE: ‘CALL OF DUTY’ LEAGUE STAR HINTS AT PLAYER UNION, TOP TWITCH STREAMER HIT WITH FOURTH BAN

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A top Call of Duty League player has hinted at the possibility of a players’ union being formed soon.

Seth “Scump” Abner spoke about a potential unionization of players during a recent livestream, after fellow CDL player Ian “Crimsix” Porter implied that Abner was a lone holdout from unionization last year.

Abner made the statements during his Nov. 15 Twitch stream, first by commenting on why he was the lone holdout for a union petition last year. “When the whole players union petition was brought up to me, I got no information on it, nothing. They were like ‘yo, sign this’,” he said. Abner continued: “I tweet today, [another CDL player James “Clayster” Eubanks] immediately reaches out…and I say let’s go.”

One of the tweets that brought light to Abner’s holdout referred to his recently being fined by the Call of Duty League for playing another game, Raid: Shadow Legends, on his stream. The other tweet was his allegation that the league forced its players to sign contracts without a lawyer present.

The Call of Duty League did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elsewhere, Twitch’s most popular streamer, Felix “XQc” Lengyel, has been suspended from the platform for the fourth time in 16 months.

The latest action stems from a recent Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout competition during GlitchCon, where Lengyel openly watched a competitor’s stream during the event to gain an advantage, a tactic known as “stream sniping.”

The official Twitch Rivals Twitter released a statement saying, “At GlitchCon, our player conduct rules were violated. We require all participants to abide by the same rules in order to play in a tournament. As a result, xQc has been issued a temporary Twitch account suspension, a temporary Twitch Rivals ban & forfeited prize money.”

Lengyel’s first ban came in July 2019 when he streamed himself watching and reacting to a sexually suggestive video. His subsequent bans in February 2020 and June 2020 were for similar offenses.

The length of this new suspension has not been disclosed as of this writing.

Elsewhere in the world of competitive gaming:

Golden Guardians Releases Entire ‘League of Legends’ Team

North American League of Legends team Golden Guardians has announced the release of its entire roster ahead of the upcoming season. Joining the free agent pool from GG’s 2020 roster are:

     – Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell (top laner
     – Can “Closer” Çelik (jungler)
     – Tanner “Damonte” Damonte (mid laner)
     – Ian Victor “FBI” Huang (bottom laner)
     – Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun (support)

Two of the released players, Çelik and Huang, have reportedly found new homes with 100 Thieves for the 2021 season, but the rest of the roster has yet to sign elsewhere. Golden Guardians has also not announced any new roster members for 2021 as of this writing.

Panda Global Launches Dedicated ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Stats Platform

Panda Global is launching a new statistics platform targeting the Super Smash Bros community. The site, pgstats.com, will collect and aggregate data from every Super Smash Bros tournament bracket and all competitors hosted on top tournament bracketing website Smash.GG. An introductory video presents some of the features the new stats site will present, including “detailed player pages who [have] ever played a tournament in Smash Melee and Smash Ultimate.” PGstats.com has launched in closed beta and will be accepting feedback prior to full launch at a later date.

Twitch Rivals Unveils ‘Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3’ Event

The next Twitch Rivals event has been announced, and in a surprising turn of events Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be featured. The official Twitch Esports Twitter announced the event for Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. PT and will air live on top fighting game streamer Maximilian “Maximilian Dood” Christiansen’s channel. No official word yet has come out on competitors or format, but a coinciding post from Michael “IFCYipeS” Mendoza confirms that he and Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott will be providing commentary for the event.

 

Photo Credit: Chesnot/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) E-Sports players, Seth Abner, gamertag “Scump”, Damon Barlow, gamertag, “Karma”, Ian Porter, gamertag “Crimsix” and Matthew Piper, gamertag “Formal” of the OpTic Gaming’s team, pose during an electronic video game tournament with”Call of Duty” at the eSports World Convention (ESWC) on February 18, 2017 in Paris, France. The ESWC is the historic and emblematic event of electronic sports, bringing together every year since 2003 the best players in the world in video game tournaments designed as real live shows and broadcast live on the Internet or on television. 20 of the biggest American teams of Call of Duty will be present to compete in the tournament CWL Paris Open. Never had an event organized in Europe so much engaged the American eSport community.
 

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