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Vorax Suspends Director After Anti Democratic Comment

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Vorax co-owner Aristóteles “Toti” de Azevedo was suspended from his duties in the esports organization Wednesday after a comment on Twitter expressing anti-democratic views. 

The message that caused Azevedo’s suspension was a reply to a tweet by Vorax CEO Marina Leite, in which she expressed her disavowal of the military coup that happened in Brazil on March 31, 1964, throwing Brazil into a 21-year dictatorship. Azevedo, on the contrary, wrote:

“I never thought that I would stop and analyze the possible benefits of the army taking power again in Brazil… Today I’m thinking about it. Shutting down Globo [the biggest communications group in Brazil], taking out the STF [Federal Supreme Court], pulling out political bandits from the congress, a school with rules for the people, exile PT [political party in Brazil]!”

The message caused an immediate backlash across the local esports community on Twitter, especially as Brazil is facing a deep political crisis due to the authoritarian tendencies of the current president Jair Bolsonaro, who likes to praise the 1964 coup even though it is a crime in the country to do so.

Moments after his comments, Vorax released an official statement saying that Azevedo no longer has authority on decisions made by the organization:

“We inform that Vorax’s board of directors, after an extraordinary meeting due to the comment published by Mr. Aristóteles de Azevedo, chose to remove him from the position of Director, and he no longer has any decision-making power over the management of the team. His opinions do not reflect the position of the organization, which has a diverse team and believes in the values of inclusion, representativeness, and democracy,” said Vorax, finishing with a hashtag saying “dictatorship never again”.

Also on Twitter, Azevedo wrote that he misspoke, and he does not even agree with what he published: “I am terrible to write on Twitter and it generates misinterpretation. Sorry, I made a mistake,” he said.

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London Royal Ravens aims for “different dynamic” with Zaptius CDL signing

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London Royal Ravens has made yet another Call of Duty League roster change, bringing in 22-year-old Alex ‘Zaptius’ Bonilla from one of the top teams in the CDL Challengers division.

In similar fashion to its acquisition of Paul ‘PaulEhx’ Avila prior to Stage 2 of the 2021 CDL, Royal Ravens has opted to drop one of its more experienced players in favour of a young American star from WestR, a team that dominated NA Challengers events at the start of the season. Thomas ‘Dylan’ Henderson – one of Royal Ravens’ standout players last year – has now been dropped to the bench. Of the roster that was first announced at the start of the season, only Sean ‘Seany’ O’Connor will represent Royal Ravens in Stage 3.

Following Zaptius’ announcement, Royal Ravens head coach James ‘Dominate’ Batz tells The Loadout he’s hoping to see a change in pace from his team, and says Zaptius’ Search and Destroy abilities are a valuable asset.

“Zaptius brings a different dynamic to the team, and will greatly help our pacing in general,” Dominate says. “He has previous experience with PaulEhx, and over the past few days, has fit in well with the rest of the team. He has shown commitment to improving and understands what he needs to do [despite] such a short transition period.

“He’s well known for his skill on Search and Destroy, and I can see him influencing our results in a big way across all game modes.”

CDL teams have been harvesting plenty of talent this season from the NA Challengers division, and many established names have been displaced as a result. With the likes of Minnesota Rokkr’s Eli ‘Standy’ Bentz and Toronto Ultra’s Jamie ‘Insight’ Craven turning fortunes around for struggling teams, the impact less-experienced players have had already has been huge.

With PaulEhx also impressing so far, Royal Ravens fans will be hoping for more of the same from Zaptius.

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Atlanta FaZe and FaZe Clan to Host Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 Launch Events

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The Atlanta FaZe and FaZe Clan will kick off the launch of Season 3 of Call of Duty: Warzone by hosting two events with a combined prize pool of $150K USD. The Atlanta FaZe $100k+ Gold Rush and Atlanta FaZe $50k Global Cash Grab will take place on Thursday and Friday from 4-9:30 p.m. ET on Call of Duty and FaZe Clan’s Twitch channels as well as Atlanta FaZe’s YouTube channel. 

As far as the Atlanta FaZe $100K + Gold Rush is concerned, the event will see teams of two compete in Warzone for a $100K+ grand prize that will be paid in the form of custom 1 kilogram gold bars, which will be presented in a “one-of-a-kind acrylic display case.” All hands will be on deck and going for the gold, which means FaZe Clan members such as Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff, Kris “Swagg” Lamberson, and Lucas “Blaze” Mosing will be in attendance.

After the Atlanta FaZe $100k + Gold Rush, Atlanta FaZe and FaZe Clan will launch the Atlanta FaZe $50k Global Cash Grab. Here, duo teams will compete in Warzone for $50K on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on  Call of Duty and FaZe Clan’s Twitch channels as well as Atlanta FaZe’s YouTube channel.

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TheGrefg Becomes A Red Bull Athlete

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Spanish Twitch streamer and Fortnite Battle Royale content creator – David “TheGrefg” Cánovas Martínez – is the newest member of Red Bull’s gaming division after revealing the exciting news today.


This announcement comes mere days after Fortnite World Cup Champion Emil “nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen achieved Red Bull athlete status. TheGrefg, a nine-year YouTube veteran, experienced a rise to prominence worldwide and in the Spanish community. A native of Alhama de Murcia, Spain, the 23-year-old is one of the most popular streamers and content creators involved in Fortnite today.

Also Read: Confusing Bug Forces Fortnite Players into the Wrong Tournament 

TheGrefg made worldwide headlines just three months ago when he revealed his Fortnite ICON Series skin in front of 2.5M viewers live on Twitch. It was another milestone in an impressive career. Indeed, the Spanish content creator has become a part of history in more than one manner. He now joins a long list of elite gaming personalities such as 100 Thieves Founder and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, who once represented himself as a Red Bull athlete.

TheGrefg Announces Red Bull Partnership

TheGrefg’s Twitter announcement coincided with a video released on his YouTube channel, where he boasts nearly 17 million subscribers.

“I officially become a Red Bull athlete for overcoming this challenge. A great privilege that will allow me to bring you content, in videos and direct, to another level,” wrote TheGrefg when translated to English. “Thank you all and I hope you are ready for what is to come.”

The 15-minute video included a pulse-pounding experience. The content creator partook in skydiving alongside a trained professional under the Red Bull banner. There is no more fitting way for TheGrefg to announce his partnership with the energy drink brand. He hopes to bring exciting content to his millions of fans across the world with this new agreement.

The Historical Significance of Red Bull in Gaming

David "Walshy" Walsh sits and leans forward, playing Halo on a TV on the wall.

As previously stated, the popular Twitch streamer joins an ever-growing list of gaming talents that have associated themselves with Red Bull in some capacity. One of the most significant being David “Walshy” Walsh. Walshy was a former professional Halo player who spent many years as a sponsored athlete. Former Call of Duty professional Nadeshot also represented Red Bull during his career as a competitor. He did so after retiring and creating the 100 Thieves esports organization too.

Also Read: Zayt Retires from Competitive Fortnite for the Second Time 

More recently, the gaming icon Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Fortnite World Cup Champion Emil “nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen became two of the only Fortnite-centric personalities a Red Bull athlete. TheGrefg is another in the long line of legends to etch themselves in that history book. He continues to shatter records and break barriers in the gaming and streaming scenes.

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Rainbow Six Continental Cup Replaces Six Major in 2021

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The Copa Elite Six da América (translated as American Elite Six Cup) will feature the best Latin American Rainbow Six Siege teams in a continental tournament, starting on Tuesday. With a total $893K BRL (roughly $161K USD) prize pool, the tournament is organized by Ubisoft and is sponsored by Acer, which is promoting its laptop brand Predator, Logitech, and Intel.

The participants qualified through local leagues in the Brazilian Championship, the Mexican Championship, and the South American Championship. Mexico will be represented by Fenix Esports and Atheris Esports, while Argentina has 9z Team and Malvinas Gaming in the tournament. Brazil has three representatives: MIBR, FURIA, and Team oNe

Ninjas in Pyjamas, FaZe Clan, and Team Liquid are not originally Brazilian organizations, but as they invest in and field Brazilian Rainbow Six Siege rosters that qualified in the local league, and they will also represent the country in the competition.

This is the first of three editions of the Elite Six Cup planned for 2021. Although the first of those will not qualify for any global competition, there was an increase of investment in the prize pool due to the canceling of the Six Major, which would be held in May but was called off after the Rainbow Six Invitational was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The prize pool that would be invested in the Major was split and added to regional competitions in Latin America, Europe, North America, and Asia/Pacific.

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