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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Sanctions Against TikTok, WeChat

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The U.S. Department of Commerce Friday announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile apps WeChat and TikTok.  The order is an enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive orders issued in August.

Beginning Sept. 20, The following transactions will be prohibited:

  • Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.;
  • Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.

Additional prohibitions for WeChat (Sept, 20) and TikTok (Nov. 12), according to Commerce:

  •     Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.
  •     Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S..
  •     Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S..
  •     Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S.

“While the threats posed by WeChat and TikTok are not identical, they are similar,” the order reads. “Each collects vast swaths of data from users, including network activity, location data, and browsing and search histories. Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the CCP.  This combination results in the use of WeChat and TikTok creating unacceptable risks to our national security.”

The notices for these actions have been recorded in the Federal Register this morning.

This story is developing…

Source: https://esportsobserver.com/commerce-sanctions-tiktok-wechat/

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erkaSt joins NG

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NG continue to add to their international roster with the signing of another high-profile player in the Asian scene, Erdenetsogt “⁠erkaSt⁠” Gantulga, bringing the player count in the starting lineup up to four, each one of them from a different country.

Now a household name in Asia, erkaSt first made a name for himself in Oceania, where he was part of the Grayhound squad that played at IEM Sydney in 2018 and 2019, made two ESL Pro League Finals and competed at the IEM Katowice 2019 and StarLadder Berlin Major’s New Challengers Stages.

erkaSt will play under the NG banner from now on

The Mongolian player then had to return to his home country after not being able to secure a work visa in Australia following the StarLadder Major, where he achieved moderate success with TIGER, winning the first Regional Major Ranking tournament, the Weibo Cup Asian Championship and making the final of the latest RMR tournament, Perfect World Asia League Fall.

Since returning to Mongolia erkaSt has accrued a 1.15 rating and has had strong performances at all of the RMR tournaments with a 1.20 rating at ESL One: Road to Rio Asia as well as 1.19 and 1.14 ratings at the PAL Summer and Fall events, respectively.

“For the past year since Grayhound, I’ve been playing with and giving my experiences to my fellow Mongolians and the community there as a player”, erkaSt says, “but from today onward, I’m very excited to call NG a new home and really looking forward to play with my new teammates and the journey ahead of us. Thank you for all your support and especially NG for giving me this opportunity!”

NG are now:

Singapore Anthony “⁠ImpressioN⁠” Lim
Korea Hyun-Pyo “⁠XigN⁠” Lee
Thailand Thotsaphon “⁠cbbk⁠” Suphatthanaphalaphon
Mongolia Erdenetsogt “⁠erkaSt⁠” Gantulga

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30540/erkast-joins-ng

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Video: TeSeS vs. Vitality

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Action situation #1
Heroic up 6-5 (Mirage)
Action situation #2
First pistol round (Nuke)

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30534/video-teses-vs-vitality

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XTQZZZ on Vitality’s six-man roster: “We’re going to make substitutions mid-series depending on the map”

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Vitality coach Rémy “⁠XTQZZZ⁠” Quoniam has revealed that Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom will start practising with the team this week as part of a rotation system that will be employed moving forward. The 19-year-old is expected to make his debut in the BLAST Premier Final Series — the perfect proving ground for the former Heretics player as the team are already qualified for the BLAST Global Finals.

“The team will make substitutions mid-series depending on the map,” XTQZZZ wrote in a Twitlonger post. “It will allow some players to rest on training days (very few until the end of the year), to rotate, to be able to make decisions and to remain as competitive as possible.”

XTQZZZ says players will rotate to avoid burnout

XTQZZZ gives three reasons for the expansion of Vitality‘s roster, starting with the congested fixture schedule in Counter-Strike. “We have had a much higher number of tournaments, matches and weeks over the years,” he said. “This is essentially related to business, where we’re looking for a profitability that does not currently exist.”

The second reason he gave is the team’s struggle to perform consistently in a packed schedule while facing constant pressure to obtain results. This, according to him, affects “preparation ahead of intense matches”.

The French coach also talked about mental health and burnout, a hot topic as several players have requested medical leaves this year due to the heavy workload. “These problems are essentially created by a loss of balance, a loss of fulfilment, a loss in the professional life and a loss of pleasure,” he explained. “We must pay attention to each one of our players.”

Regarding the addition of Nivera to the roster and the effect that it will have on the group, XTQZZZ insisted that the Belgian player will not be claiming anyone’s spot in the starting lineup. “Vitality’s objective is to continue training young talents while keeping the experience of our legends. Nabil doesn’t come to bench anyone.”

The French coach also shared his thoughts about jumping into uncharted territory, saying that Vitality will “give the project a certain amount of time to see if it can be effective, well-received and beneficial.”

“We will try to adapt to the system in the short/medium term,” he added. “In six months it may be different or perhaps even more complicated, but none of us can predict the future with the current situation.”

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30538/xtqzzz-on-vitalitys-six-man-roster-were-going-to-make-substitutions-mid-series-depending-on-the-map

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