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Month: May 2016

FaZe Clan Leaves World Esports Association (WESA)

Image from: FaZe Clan's Facebook
Image from: FaZe Clan’s Facebook

It is now official. After weeks of rumors surrounding WESA and FaZe Clan, the European team  has officially announced they will be stepping out of the World Esports Association. WESA has received a lot of criticism by the community and eSports personalities since its establishment and official launch two weeks ago.

The team released a statement on their Facebook page explaining their decision to leave the organization:

“Over the recent days there has been some speculation to whether or not FaZe Clan will be leaving WESA. Today, we are confirming our departure from the Association. FaZe Clan is an organization built with true gamers and true gaming fans. We have a responsibility to voice our opinion and do what’s right for all our members, creators, players and most importantly, our fans; which really is our true voice. ” (Read the full statement here)

The team’s statement ruled out an ongoing rumor regarding teams leaving WESA paying up to $50,000 in penalties explaining that WESA would never penalize organizations for having a difference of opinion and they respect our decision.”

In different statement cited by ESPN, the team explained and criticized WESA’s lack of transparency, and this being the reason behind their departure from the association. In the same statement FaZe clarified that there was indeed a signing fee for the participating teams, but it was never collected.

“It doesn’t lack big metaphors of what it could be, but it lacks transparency on how to get there and that is the main reason for why we are leaving WESA.”

In WESA’s official statement, the association shared their disappointment surrounding FaZe’s departure and explained the next steps needed to continue building WESA, including elections for the Player Council, appointment of players for the Executive board and the formalization of the Arbitration Court (the one appointed to prevent wrongdoings between teams, players and tournaments).

With this announcement the World Esports Association is left with seven founding teams out of the original eight just two weeks after launching. 

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Same Day PayPal Cashouts from OPSkins

The wait is over: today OPSkins is introducing same-day PayPal cashouts. You can now sell your CS:GO, Dota 2, TF2, H1Z1, PayDay 2 and Steam items on our website and have real-life money deposited into your PayPal account within 24 hours.

There’s no change with standard cashouts, which are issued 4-7 days after they’re requested and do not incur any fees from OPSkins (although PayPal still takes their cut).

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Same-Day PayPal Cashouts on OPSkins

How to Get your OPSkins Cashout within 24 Hours:

  • List your item for sale
  • After it sells, go to the Cashout page
  • Select “Request Same Day Cashout”
  • If you submit your cashout request before 11:59pm EST, you will receive the funds within 24 hours. If you submit a same-day cashout request after 12:00am EST, you will receive the funds within 48 hours.
  • There is a 5% fee for same-day cashouts, this is taken from the total amount of your cashout. As always, PayPal takes fees from your cashout as well, usually around 3% but it can be different based on your country.
  • You’ll receive the funds in your PayPal account. If you have any issues or questions about the process, you can submit a support ticket under Cashout Issuses and we’ll help you out (tickets are usually answered in less than 36 hours)

This is one of the many features that we’ve implemented based on the community’s requests, as we’re always working to improve the site. Spread the word to your fellow traders, and let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments!

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The People’s Guns: Top 10 Most Sold CS:GO Skins and Cases on OPSkins

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The CS:GO arms industry is a global business. Players from all over the world converge on our marketplace to sell or buy their skins, cases and keys. Gamers from Germany can easily put up for sale a skin they’ve earned and minutes later another player from the Philippines can buy it.

The same goes for the cases and their respective keys. Thanks to OPSkins you don’t even have to worry about who is buying the skin, and if you’re buying, you can rest assured that the seller has been verified by our system and there’s no risk to you. Players find that any skin that they put up for sale, at the right price, will be bought – and this being an open market, the volume of units sold directly affects the price. But what are the skins that actually sell? Or which are the units that are worth buying? Should you spend your time hunting down sweet deals on expensive knives and rifles or move an overabundant stock of cases and keys?

Numbers! We need numbers, and for that we have a couple of charts where we present the top ten most sold skins, cases and keys for CS:GO in our marketplace for the past week.

The charts show the top 10 highest selling skins, keys and cases. We have grouped the cases and the keys in one chart and the skins in another. The percentages are the share of the top 10 items only (not all skins, cases etc on the marketplace).

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May 20th.

The cases and the keys outsell most of the skins, with the Chroma 2 Case Key outselling its closest competitor by almost double the percentage. This is to be expected since the keys are used to estimate the value of a certain skin. For this reason we grouped the cases and the keys in a chart that was separate from the skins. Also the Chroma 3 Case, the Chroma 3 Case Key and the Operation Wildfire Case Key are already among our top sellers, even though they were introduced in the first months of this year.

Now the skin that beats all the rest by a mile is the AK-47 Redline (Field Tested) and it even competes in volume with cases and keys, so it’s just as popular in the CS:GO community as it is in real life. The most expensive item listed here is the AWP Asiimov (Field Tested) which is quickly followed by the AWP Asiimov (Battle Scarred) with both of them having a suggested price in the double digits.

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So there you have it, these are our picks for the highest selling skins, cases and keys for this past week. If you believe that there is something that we’re missing, leave a comment below. Our marketplace is very much alive with users buying and selling at all times, and we here to make sure that they can do it in the easiest most secure way possible in the worlds largest marketplace of its kind.

The suggested prices for the skins, cases and keys were taken from OPSkins on of May 20, 2016.

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ESL Partners with Teams to create World Esports Association

ESL has partnered with eight big eSports organizations to create the World Esports Association (WESA).

“WESA will offer the chance to bring all esports stakeholders – players, teams, organizers and broadcasters – to the discussion table in order to bring much needed structure, predictable schedules and transparency to the scene. Eight of the world’s biggest multi-gaming brands have contributed to the founding of WESA, with the Association aiming to add more members and negotiations continue with various organizations.”

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The Eight founding teams are:

  • Fnatic
  • Natus Vincere
  • EnVyUs
  • Virtus.pro
  • G2 Esports
  • FaZe
  • Mousesports
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

WESA will act as a player representation for the players and parties involved, but will also oversee the tournament rules and regulations in tournaments they participate. The association will have a “Player council” elected by the players which will represent and advocate for the players, the rules and regulations.

The ESL Pro League for CS:GO will become the first professional eSports competition to adopt WESA regulations, but for the moment this regulations and rules were not disclosed by WESA.

Now it is important to bring up to attention that no other event organizers was reached to take part in the Association. Organizations such as CEVO, MLG and Gfinity were not contacted about WESA and at the moment won’t be included  on their boar or take part on any of the decisions made by WESA.

WESA Structure - Image from: @WESAofficial
WESA Structure – Image from: @WESAofficial

In my opinion, eSports in general needed an organization (one led by the players and casters) that seeks for proper conditions in the scene and assures transparency to the parties involved, but there is no reason to involve any of the tournament organizers in this, that way the interest of the viewers – but more importantly the players – won’t be jeopardized for the interests of the event organizers. Having ESL involved in the decision making scares me as a viewer.  Competition is always good for the game to develop, and having one company dictation the rules might tamper with that.

Teams need to consolidate, teams need to be more transparent about their decisions, and rules need to be enforced correctly to ensure a healthy growth of the scene. League of Legends implemented the LCS for that reason (along with many other implementations such as giving a better structure to the scene), but the main difference here is that Valve owns CS:GO not WESA (or any of the companies involved in the creation of the new association), therefore the rules and structure should be developed by them and not a third party company.

I believe in a players and casters union, players should have a ground for complaints and to make sure the event organizers provide them with appropriate accommodation and explicit rules regarding the tournament they will participate in. A player union is the perfect way for the players to create and mold the scene in the right direction without letting an entity take full control regarding future tournaments.

Scott “SirScoots” Smith, one of the oldest figures in the eSports scene took it to twitter to post some of his complaints regarding WESA and the legitimacy of the announcement.

Now people might argue that an association such as WESA is good for the scene, but this brings to attention associations that back in the days had the same promise such as FIFA, NBA and NFL. Were they good for the scene? And most importantly do they have the viewers and players best interests at heart?

This is an opinion piece.  Opinions expressed by OPSkins bloggers are their own. 

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Chroma 3 Cases Skin Prices on OPSkins

In the previous post we gave a brief rundown of the new skins featured in the Chroma 3 Case that was released on April 27th to everyone’s delight. Back then we couldn’t really tell what the price of these skins would be on our marketplace because they hadn’t been listed but now that they are, we took this opportunity to look super educated and analytical, and have constructed a chart (cause they make everything look more boring, and as a result, professional) that shows the current prices for all the new skins featured in the Chroma 3 Case.

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F-N: Factory New / M-W: Minimal Wear / F-T: Field Tested / W-W: Well Worn / B-S: Battle Scarred – Prices for this chart may vary with units sold in the marketplace.

When you look a little closer, you’ll notice that we have listed the same skin twice, one with StatTrak and one without, because there’s a clear price difference (and because units are being sold in our market).

In this chart we’re looking at the cheapest asking price we could find for the skin in the best exterior condition (Factory New, Minimal Wear). If a skin had had Factory New units listed, then we took the cheapest of those and placed it on the chart. If there were no units in Factory New condition for that skin then we looked at the next grade and so on. Since these skins are relatively new, most of them have a high asking price, but these prices are going down every day until they stabilize.

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Second thing you can notice is that 10 out of the 17 skins in Factory New condition, without StatTrak, are over the asking price of the case plus its key, and five of them have a Lower Suggested price that is more profitable than selling the case.

And now, for the top two skins:

M4A1-S Chantico’s Fire

This easily takes the lead as the most expensive skin in the case, and the Minimal Wear StatTrak version only has three units that are being listed in our marketplace. Suggested price: $211.95… Yeah… The lowest asking price is $189.99 and it will sell, fast. You’d think that there would be more units for the Factory New version without StatTrak, and there aren’t. Only one for the time being, but hopefully more will come.

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P250 Asiimov

Old skin on a new weapon and it looks great. There are only twenty units listed in its Field Tested incarnation on the market and the cheapest one goes for $12.88 which is not bad, considering that the suggested price is $15.60. Eventually more will come, which will drive the price down.

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PP-Bizon Judgement of Anubis

The headliner for the case, one of the most expensive and awesome looking skins that can be unboxed. Too bad it’s a PP-Bizon. The Factory New StatTrak version has a suggested price of $102.74 but there are some skins that are listed below that number and the normal Factory New skin has a suggested price of $30.16, so anything over that number is not worth your time.

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The rest of the skins are also worth taking a look at. If you get your hands on any of them you can either sell before the price drops (which seems to be happening on a daily basis) or you can keep it in your inventory for a later sell. But if you decide to sell, make sure to do so on the largest marketplace of its kind in the world, OPSkins.

Prices were taken from the OPSkins marketplace on 5/13/2016.

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OPSkins at DreamHack Austin 2016 Recap!

The OPSkins team has been recovering from the amazing time that was DreamHack Austin 2016. We hope that if you participated either live or on Twitch you had an amazing time! Hopefully if you made it to the event you were able to drop by our booth and 1v1, get some merch, and meet the group behind OPSkins. If you couldn’t make it, I am here to let you know what you missed – hopefully you can come by the next event we are at and hang out!

The DreamHack 2016 Austin Scene:

The setup at DreamHack was amazing, with a couple HUGE LAN areas reserved just for those that wanted to bring their computers and game, an amazing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stage for the 100K tournament that was being hosted by DreamHack, and huge stages for the multitude of other games that were being played at the event professionally. There were fantastic cosplayers and sponsors all over the place. All weekend you could walk around and stumble upon something you hadn’t seen the day before – it was an amazing experience.

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The OPSkins Crew
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One of the massive LAN areas made available!
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Some of the great cosplay on display

The OPSkins Booth at DreamHack:

OPSkins had a booth at DreamHack Austin 2016 and it was a ton of fun! Attendees stopped to play each other in 1v1s to win Case Keys, skins, OPSkins shirts, OPSkins hats, and keyboard bags courtesy of Division Zero. We also offered event exclusive merchandise for sale in the form of OPSkins Austin, Texas shirts and hats.

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The 1v1s were a hit!
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Winner of Keyboard Bag provided by Division Zero!

The BYOC Tournament Sponsored by OPSkins:

OPSkins also sponsored a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) tournament at DreamHack Austin 2016. Remember the Alamo were our champions, winning the Grand Final best of three match against second place Animosity. Remember the Alamo went home with $2,000 in cash and 5 Factory New Bayonet Fades to split between them – we made sure second place finishers Animosity did not go home empty-handed either, pocketing 5 Field-Tested AWP Asiimovs between them for their efforts.

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OPSkins BYOC Winners: Remember the Alamo!
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OPSkins BYOC 2nd Place Winners: Animosity

The CS:GO Tournament:

The main event Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament held by DreamHack was no slouch either. An interesting tournament as there were NO European teams, we would see the best of North America and Brazil show what they can do in this tournament, and they did not disappoint.

Luminosity Gaming were the clear favorite coming into the tournament with the recent Valve Major tournament win, showing they were the best in the world, and with no EU teams present they would continue to show their dominance in the North American scene. In fact the Grand Final was between the two Brazilian teams in attendance (Tempo Storm and LG). Luminosity would prove to be far and away the best team at the event, winning all their matches handily

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The DreamHack CS tournament was awesome!

– even against their Brazilian counterparts in the grand final – a 2:0 stomping in what was to be a best of three event.

Recap of DreamHack 2016 in Austin, TX:

Overall from the amazing production put on by DreamHack, to the experience we (both visitors and exhibitors) had at the OPSkins booth, the BYOC tournament we put on, to the competitive tournament put on by DreamHack on the main stage – the first North American DreamHack did not disappoint. I think I speak for all of us when I say we cannot wait for the next chance to attend an event and meet all of our OPSkins users and fans. We hope everyone had a fantastic time and urge everyone to come out to the next event we are at, we promise a good time will be had!

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Lumonisity’s main AWPer, In-Game Leader, and eventual Champion: Fallen!

 

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Updates to the OPSkins UI: Easily Viewing Skins with stickers

Behind the scenes of the worlds largest marketplace of it’s kind, our developers have been busy making improvements to the site for our customers.

The most recent update on OPSkins.com allows users to inspect stickers on the CS:GO skins through the their icons in the store. Gone are the days of confusion about what sticker the skin has, or the inconvenience of having to load CS:GO every time you wanted to inspect a skin and see if it had stickers. Now the skins’ stickers are all neatly displayed vertically in the top left corner of the icon if you are looking at several skins at the same time, or horizontally if you are looking at one skin. You just have to place your mouse pointer over the icon and you will see the name, the wear on the sticker (how much it’s been scratched by previous users) and the description.

 

We’re aware that there are a lot of customers requesting a feature that would allow them to search for an item by stickers in our marketplace, and while this feature is not currently available, our brightest minds are working to make that dream a reality for all our customers in the future.

Here at OPSkins we are constantly working on ways of making our marketplace easier to use and more convenient for our customers, so keep making suggestions and we will keep improving. You can ask, we will do what we can to make it happen. Will the new update improve your browsing experience? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Update: We have also added a new feature that shows when an item is listed below the suggested price. It is marked by a box next to the asking price, showing the difference in percentages (see below)

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Win Prizes from OPSkins: DreamHack CS:GO BYOC Tournament and an Exclusive Giveaway

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Enter the DreamHack 2016 BYOC Tournament

Every time you queue in for a ranked game and lose, you blame the 14-year-old with the negative score and tell yourself “I’m better than this, I don’t belong in -insert current rank-” and chances are you are right (I’ll help with your dilution for once). We at OPSkins are excited to announce that we are sponsoring the DreamHack 2016 BYOC CS:GO Tournament, the tournament that will serve as a stage for you to prove everyone that you are indeed better, and that the 14-year-olds on your team are the sole reason you are now playing on Silver Rank.

The DreamHack Austin CS:GO BYOC Tournament will have a $2k Prize Pool, and will be the perfect platform for you to show everyone that you are worth it, that you can compete on the top level and, who knows? Maybe get scouted by one of the pro teams constantly looking for fresh blood.

To compete in the tournament, make sure you Sign Up so you can secure a spot in it. If you don’t have a team, hurry up and find one – the event is scheduled to take place Saturday May 7th and it will be a 5v5 Double Elimination tournament using the ESL Config.

Image from: http://www.roccat.org/
Image from: http://www.roccat.org/

Win a ROCCAT Renga Headset

We know that not everyone is lucky enough to attend DreamHack 2016 in Austin or have the skills to compete in the BYOC Tournament. Lucky for you we have an exclusive giveaway going on our Twitter together with ROCCAT.

We will be giving away a ROCCAT Renga Headset, a Studio Grade headset that provides you with the perfect sound and a dynamic audio experience focused explicitly on gaming. The Renga is built with ROCCAT’s future-ready philosophy in mind, meaning its premium over-ear experience is not just limited to the PC and is compatible with the PS4, Xbox One and mobiles and tablets thanks to its 3.5mm headset jack.

To take part on this exclusive giveaway make sure you Follow @Roccat and @OPSkins on twitter and RT the tweet to participate, the winners will be chosen on 5/16.

 

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