One of Twitch’s most watched streamers, Alexandre ‘Gaules’ Borba, has come under fire again from members of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community after reigniting claims that Chaos Esports Club cheated in its Beyond the Summit victory against Brazilian team MIBR.
In what was a surprise win, Chaos took down MIBR 2-1 in the North American qualifiers of cs-summit 6 on June 22. However, the result sparked outrage from Brazilian fans, and a barrage of everything from cheating accusations to even death threats were hurled towards Chaos, and in particular towards Nathan ‘Leaf’ Orf and Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. While the result was surprising, top Brazilian personalities in CS:GO were criticised for enabling their fanbases to attack Leaf and Xeppaa, including Gaules.
Now off the back of Chaos suffering a shock defeat to Ze Pug Gods in a DreamHack qualifier yesterday, Gaules has once again inferred that Chaos had cheated against MIBR. The streamer posted the scoreboard of the Chaos vs Ze Pug Gods match, and while there was no text to go with it, the post was clearly reiterating how he thought the performance against MIBR was suspicious.
— Gaules (@Gaules) June 28, 2020
This drew criticism from some members of the community, who wanted to see Gaules – who can often attract hundreds of thousands of viewers into his watch parties of matches involving Brazilian teams – take more responsibility.
T1 coach Daniel ‘fRoD’ Montaner tells Gaules to show “more respect” and stop acting like “judge, jury and executioner,” to which the streamer replies that “it would be nice to show respect for those who don’t just want to pretend that nothing happened in that CS match [Chaos vs MIBR].”
Hi My friend! You know all the respect I have for you and the game. So I ask you the same. it would be nice to show respect for those who don’t just want to pretend that nothing happened in that cs match. Best Regards!
— Gaules (@Gaules) June 28, 2020
Astralis’ AWPer Nicolai ‘Device’ Reedtz also weighed in on the subject, saying that “calling out cheats [has] and will always be the biggest pussy-move” and questioning how Gaules could ever know that Chaos were cheating.
Calling out cheats have and will always be the biggest pussy-move you can doAccept your loss, move on and learn.
Being an influencer that hasn’t even been on the server and calling out cheats, I’m speechless.
How would he ever know?
— Nicolai Reedtz (@dev1ce) June 28, 2020
While the circumstances of Chaos’ performance against MIBR are somewhat suspicious, many believe that harassing young players is not the way to vent frustrations and want Gaules to realise that he has a large and passionate fanbase that can be influenced by his opinions.
However, many have also rallied against the insults – some of which have racist connotations – hurled back towards Brazilian fans, such as CS:GO caster Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole, who shared translated footage of Gaules speaking with his viewers about the perception of Brazilians by some in the community.
Worth a watch
Also if you’re one of the people being racist towards the Brazilian community in forums/twitch chat for whatever reason you are complete scum and nobody wants you in the CSGO scene. https://t.co/kgCpkL2KUI
— Jason O’Toole (@MosesGG) June 29, 2020
Gaules is on course to be one of the most watched streamers on the entirety of Twitch this month, with over 20 million hours of content watched, according to stats from Esports Charts Pro. He has also seen audiences as large as 380,000 people pile into his watch parties of CS:GO esports.