Over the last couple of years we have become more than familiar with Mischief and his amazingly detailed spreadsheet to work out the rankings of UK teams, mixes and players. Well as of today that spreadsheet is getting a facelift and a new home – https://ranking.ukcsgo.com
Welcome to the new and improved UKCSGO.com! The place we aim to make the hub of UK CS news and coverage. This is brought to you by a brand new team, a mixture of old and new of which we are all volunteers. A return was planned during the peak of Covid, starting with the much loved and missed UKCSGO County Championship, but due to staff shortages and the loss of our tournament partner these plans were put on hold. But now with a brand new team behind us, we are able to return to providing scene-wide news, coverage, and insight with the passion and dedication we did before.
Alongside our comeback is a new mentality. UKCSGO is dedicated to lifting up the players and teams by giving them coverage and stand-out interviews, both written and recorded. But this version of UKCSGO wants to give a platform to writers, social media managers and graphic designers who are passionate about the scene. Our aim is to bring on one-of-a-kind talents, pass on some knowledge, and help put their work out there to get their foot in the door of the big names of CS:GO media.
With a new Editor in Chief, Head of Graphic Design, Senior and Junior Editors, and Ne0Kai, we are building a team that has a real passion for UKCSGO. Check out if any of these roles suit you, and if so, apply! Even if you don’t think you have any experience, don’t worry, we still want you to apply! When I got my first opportunity in CSGO my biggest experience was flipping burgers at McDonalds.
Please be aware that each of these positions are volunteer and a way for people to help break into the industry. We don’t expect a lot of time commitment, even less than part-time and you will get as much out of the role as you put in. Please click the link to each of the applications if you wish to apply. You CAN apply for as many roles as you wish!
-Dafydd, Editor in Chief of UKCSGO.com
Today, we’re happy to announce the launch of our 24/7 stream dedicated to UK CSGO events. This stream will provide round the clock replays from throughout the history of the UK CSGO scene.
The lovely people at epicLAN are the first to jump on board this stream, providing us with replays of epic15, epic20 and epic21. We are also in talks with a number of other UK event providers so hope to be adding more variety soon.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that GoatBet is joining us for the UKCSGO Weekly Tournament. This partnership allows us to offer giveaways during the stream and offer something extra to the winning team. Now, in addition to the FACEIT points, the winning team will receive £10 worth of free eSports bets each. This is subject to each member being over 18 years old, and having a GoatBet account.
We will also have a collection of £5 free eSports bets that we will be giving away during the stream via out new Twitch chat bot, so make sure you tune in and get involved in the chat.
While they do cover the CSGO scene and allow bets to be placed on certain games, the Weekly Tournament matches will not be added to their site due to fixtures only being worked out moments before the games start.
We at GoatBet are very excited to announce our partnership with UKCSGO. GoatBet is a new betting site specialising in eSports, providing the most advanced platform available on the internet. As fans of eSports ourselves we are committed to furthering the scene, providing the best possible odds and service to our customers. Keir Lyon-Fraser, GoatBet
They are currently offering up to a £30 free eSports bet for new users so prepare for tonight’s giveaway and create an account now. You can read full terms of the free bet on their site.
There are still a few spaces left in tonight’s tournament to make sure you grab your spot to be in with a chance of winning.
I know it wasn’t that long ago that we announced the return of the UKCSGO Forum, but sadly it’s life expectancy wasn’t as long as we would have liked. As many of you know, we recently migrated to a new web server a couple of months ago. The migration of the core website, County Championship website, and other sites we host was a flying success. However, due to our choice of forum platform, the migration of this didn’t go too smoothly. We spent some time trying to recover the old forum and bring it back to life, but certain conflicts with the newer technology we chose for the server made it impossible to recover.
UKCSGO.com has learned that up and coming online UK CSGO community, JGL (or Juan Gaming League), has run its last tournament and will be shutting down further operations in the organisation.
Founder of the organisation, Tom “Weefreemen” Pickering, has decided to step down from JGL and effectively end all operations within the organisation.
JGL, which has been around since early September 2015, was essentially a home for amateur to semi-pro UK players who wanted to gain experience playing in professionally run tournaments online on a regular basis. The team behind JGL ran tournaments once per week, which soon extended to twice per week once interest in them reached a high point, and were attended by some of the UK’s top players including jakem, Esio, MiGHTYMAX and the entire Excel squad one week.
JGL was not without its controversies though, from the smallest things like stream delays to accusations of cheating players. One such controversy included ex-staff member Rafee “KerMit” Jenkins who decided to attempt to rig a skin giveaway for JGL, having attempted and suceeded in rigging other giveaways for other brands in the past.
These controversies took their toll on the small org and ultimately caused it to crumble. As JGL staff member’s ended up leaving or being incredibly busy during the week, they found themselves in a spot where they could no longer run tournaments weekly due to the workload being too high for just a couple of people to take on and have made the decision to not continue
Founder of the Organisation, Tom “Weefreemen” Pickering has issued a small statement regarding the reason of his departure and the closing of JGL:
It’s been a few weeks coming but, here is the update you guys have been asking for!
I have decided to move away from JGL due to a few reasons, including my personal life and the way the community treated JGL over the last few months. Either way, I want to leave it on a positive note, it has been an awesome journey to make and I have met a lot of awesome people who are very dedicated to helping the UK scene move forward and I hope I have helped by pushing tournaments for the smaller teams/mixes.
JGL will be transferring any help we can to UKCSGO, including Azura, JGL’s head admin. UKCSGO will hopefully take the tournaments/UK scene where JGL didn’t and continue to help teams out.
Peace out and thanks for the good times!
P.s: Dont forget the bomb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl4lCLI6bPo
However, this does not mean the end for amateur tournaments in the UK Scene. as you read in the statement above, JGL’s operations will be taken over by UKCSGO.com in an effort to deliver high level tournaments for the UK scene to enjoy, and to also offer a practice space for teams of any level. More info on this will be announced in the near future as we sort everything out and make sure we can deliver something of the standard that JGL has set.
Hello people! I thought I would let you into the loop on a little update to UKCSGO… We have brought back the UKCSGO Forum!
The Forum disappeared when we moved to our new look as they weren’t very well supported by the theme. It was also fast becoming a nightmare to manage as the plug-in we used wasn’t as good as other options out there. This is why we have moved away from a plug-in based forum, and gone with a stand-alone system. This gives us a much better platform, more stability and flexibility to work with, helping us provide a better experience to you all.
It is early days for the forum, as you can see. We will be filling it up with more categories if we see the need, but starting off we feel more is less. Having less guidelines on where to place what, we also hope users will take a more Reddit/Facebook approach and post anything that is on their mind, rather than having strict “must be on topic” rules.
With this change, we have disabled registration to the main site. Due to all comments being pulled in automatically from social media interactions, there is no need for an account on the main site. We were slowly seeing an increase in bot registrations and spamming, which we hope will now die down since we have made this change. Should new users click the registration button now, they will be taken directly to the UKCSGO Forum where you can make an account and get involved.
Over the coming weeks we will be trying to make the transition between site and forum as seamless as possible as well as listen to feedback and improve on the platform.
The astute of you among us will have noticed that we have changed the look of the site. The drive for this being we wanted to simplify the site’s appearance and move away from the dark and dingy colour scheme. This new, brighter and more responsive layout allows us to display more key information at any one time, with the ability to quickly move between content when an article catches your eye.
We’re still developing, and want to get things right so that our readers want to come back and share our content. We’ve included new ways to interact with a piece of media, including the ability to give your reaction to a piece, as well as the good old commenting system. This new design allows us to show case the items we want to get more attention, whilst not removing the direct access to the latest headlines and up to date coverage pieces.
With the new site, we have done away with one or two things, some of which may be coming back. For the time being, the forums have been disabled. These had largely become an ad-board for those looking for a team or players. We like the idea of connecting players with teams and vice versa, so in the coming weeks we will be looking to implement a dedicated recruitment system in to the website, that will standardise the way players can search for teams through our website.
The match ticker is also gone. The system we had been using was awkward, poorly built (not by us!) and a pain to add games to, particularly when teams were often mixes under a variety of colourful titles. Instead, we’re creating our very own match ticker to go in its place, where we will (hopefully) be able to include a full database of players and the teams that they belong to. This should allow us to keep a steady archive of the games that go on, meaning it’ll be even easier to make those all important top ten ranking decisions.
Last but not least, we know our content has not been as frequent or as high quality as when we first started out. Hopefully, with the new site and increased motivation, this will change and the site will be given a new lease of life.
We thank you for supporting us, and hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do.
First and foremost, welcome to UKCSGO.com. As you might have guess from the title, we are a website dedicated to the coverage and promotion of the UK Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene. Recently, it came to light that many members of our community felt that there were few central channels that deliver high quality, frequent coverage of UK Counter Strike. As a result, community integration was limited and the prospect of growth stunted. In years gone by, there had been many good unifying locations where the UK community could muster, and as such the community thrived to the point of having some of the highest caliber Counter Strike Source teams in the world. With that community drive, there truly was an appetite for success.
That is exactly what we hope to achieve with UKCSGO.com. To provide a centralised portal for all up to date information information regarding UK CSGO. Somewhere to throw comments and ideas around about the latest team changes and tournaments. A place to ensure you don’t miss any of the action and know exactly when and where to be. A home for UK Counter Strike. We hope UKCSGO truly can be a resource embraced by the community.
The most crucial aspect that will make this website a success is a constant supply of top quality, relevant content. At the moment, we are but two men trying to cover as much as possible whilst still trying to maintain other life commitments. So, not only would we like to welcome you, but also, we’re staging a call to arms for all who think they can contribute to the site. We truly want to achieve a base for comprehensive, widespread multimedia content surrounding the UK CSGO environment. This ranges from short, snappy breaking news, to feature length interviews and tournament previews. We are not even limiting ourselves to the written form, and anticipate a vast amount of video content such as regular highlight reels and video interviews. So, with that fresh in your mind, if you believe you could make a good volunteer for the site as it hopefully grows into a success, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
We are looking for:
- Scene News Writers
- Feature Article Writers
- Frag Clip Creators
- Forum Moderators
- Match Ticker Moderators
- Any other helping hands!
For those interested, send a quick email over to [email protected].
For the moment we are more than open to suggestion for features that you may desire for the site. Of course, with using a pre-built CMS framework, some things may be beyond our capability – but we will endeavour to deliver as much as we can.
Thank you for reading.