Major backlash for G2 Esports
G2 esports is recently receiving major backlash from the CS:GO community for partnering with a gambling organisation. In a recent Twitter video posted by G2 CS2, AWPer Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov featured in the video showcasing the team’s partnership with a gambling website, known as CSGO Roll. He was featured as the poster boy for the advertisement. The CS:GO community is raging towards the ad as m0NESY just turned 18 on May 1st.
Features of the advertisement that made the CS:GO community furious
As per the video, m0NESY is seen entering a real-life casino for the skins of Counter-Strike, meeting eminent personalities who are part of the organisation. He is also seen making a wager, saying “ All in 2023” when asked about his bet. The CS:GO community lost their cool as AWPer recently turned of age, and is questioning the ethics of G2. Some members of the community commented that this advertisement is a huge disappointment for the CS:GO community, and one must not entertain such activities, especially involving a young player. Others were disgusted by the advertisement and questioned the morality of G2 and its management.
What are these Counter-Strike gambling organisations?
The unregulated, at times illegal organisations that trade weapons, skins and accessories within the game via gambling are raising concerns for the entire gaming community. These websites do not allow players below 18 years of age to participate in their wagers but are still unregulated. With the video posted by G2, the CS:GO community is still unclear about what the partnership entails for the team in the future. Even though G2 would face controversies with the advertisement, the controversy sparked mainly as they chose m0NESY to be the poster boy.
However, the CEO of G2 Esports, Alban Dechelotte explained that adding numerous skins in-game makes the gameplay more exciting. Their partnership with CS:GO Roll will bring the fans of the team the opportunity to win exciting rewards and prizes to enhance their gaming experience. The team is yet to respond to the rage that they are receiving from the CS:GO community due to the advertisement.