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Europeans are still paying 2.70 $ per key instead of 2.50 $

Europeans are still paying 2.70 $ per key instead of 2.50 $

I was honestly hoping they would adjust the prices with a future update but it seems like they forgot.

I hope someone from valve sees this post and adjusts the prices.

Europeans are paying 2.40 euro per key which with the current exchange rate is equal to 2.69 usd.

Edit: We dont get taxed on top of the fixed price in euro here unlike some US states. The key price has always been 2.50 USD in euro at the current exchange rate. It's been almost 2 months since 2.50 USD was last equal to 2.40 euro. The Euro has increased in value and the current key price in euro should be somewhere near 2.23.

Easy fix, just don't buy keys for cases and stop wasting money.

Back then €1.80 was $2.50.

Euro lost it's value.

So I remember keys starting at €1,80 is this faulty memory or did they really add 60 cents over time?

hehe wasting money, nice try mom.

Don't put your back to broken windows

did you win the round?

As I watched the clip, I noticed that you looked extremely cool.

Upon further examination, I could definitely conclude that you are lit as fuck.

yup :)

Ah, now I know how I will be dying 5 times in a row trying something new, thanks!

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Looks like the UMP-45 had its damage drop off nerfed.

"RangeModifier" "0.85"

changed to

"RangeModifier" "0.75"

In other words, at 500 units, the UMP now loses 25% of its damage rather than the old 15%.

I'll look to see what other weapon changes have been made and either update this comment or make a reddit post.

Edit: I can confirm this is the only weapon change in this update.

Edit2: Here's an in-depth analysis of the nerf regarding how many bullets it takes to kill at different ...

I quit csgo a long time ago, this doesn't mean anything to me--

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The Fate Of The iBuyPower

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Moe can literally find himself in every cs go movie, even thou he's completely dispensable to the cs go scene. That guy's a self promoting genius. I take my hat off for him.

The dj khaled of csgo

That Richard Lewis monologue was fucking heart wrenching.... taking feelsbadman to another level

Amazing to see proper long form well edited content, beats the endless videos of 3 min garbage meme mashups with stream clips poorly edited.

The NIP theory (prepare your tin foil hat)

The NIP theory (prepare your tin foil hat)

Players that participate in the minor are not allowed to play for a different team at the major. Since NIP were already planning to shuffle with GODSENT, the players decided not to qualify for the minor, so they could play for GODSENT at the major. Crisp clean throw boys.

NiP playing 69 dimensional chess-checkers with pronax

You've all been playing checkers, while we've.... been playing like shit.

:thinking:

Referral Program

Referral ProgramESEA has its own referral program: for each user that signs up using your referral link, you get $6.95 per user referred. So, having known about this referral program for a while, I decided to look into it. 

“To get started, we would recommend posting links on forums, Steam groups, social media sites, and even in public servers.”

“Start making money today by posting referral links on forums, Steam groups, social media sites, and public servers just to name a few places.”

From https://play.esea.net/index.php?s=support&d=faq&id=23 and https://play.esea.net/index.php?s=news&d=comments&id=11880 

Seeing this, I decided to create an Ad on Google AdWords with the referral link provided by ESEA http://i.imgur.com/sqLTE2X.png . My link did not direct to ESEA’s main page, but to the subscribe page which lists all the benefits of the premium etc. i.e. https://esea.net/subscribe+refcode. The ad was not too successful the first couple of days, however it started to get around 1000 clicks per day. In the first 3 to 4 weeks of having an active ad, I was able to get ESEA around 500 new users ($3500 USD). I created a support ticket on the ESEA website and I was paid within 6 days. At this point, I was motivated more than ever, so I found ways to customize my Ad in order to get more clicks and it worked. Within a period of 4 months, I was able to get an additional 4423 new premium users that signed up using my referral link. 

The total of users who signed up using my referral link is: 4934. This is equivalent to a potential increase to ESEA’s monthly income by $34,291.30, and $411,495.60 yearly. *Keep in mind I only get $6.95 for the first month users choose to have premium.

On September 24th, 2016, I created another support ticket to withdraw my balance for the new users which I got. I had a balance of around $22,300 USD. I was asked to complete a W-8BEN form and I did. I was then asked to complete a wire transfer form and I did. I was constantly told that my payment was still waiting to be approved. On December 16th of 2016, around 3 months after I first opened my support ticket, I get a reply from Brett Sheffield (Few) as well as an email saying the following:

"Mario, We have sent this via email as well.

After reviewing your referral case, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot issue payment for your referral balance. In order to gain referrals, you purchased ads for the ESEA Network through Google, which is a violation of their policies.

We will be zeroing out your referral balance, and have opted to not ban you from the ESEA network at this time. Attempting to do this again will result in stricter punishment moving forward. Any user who is using an ad network or third party redirect site to earn referrals will not be paid their referral balance."

On December 16th, they also modified their “How do I redeem my referral balance and get paid?” page and added: “Did not use a third party redirect or ad buying network to earn referrals”. The last time I had an active ad would be 1-2 months before this was added. Before: http://i.imgur.com/XwtSOKl.png After: http://i.imgur.com/02AaAvt.png 

So after receiving that message, I tried reaching out to ESEA’s CEO Craig Levine explaining my case, he forwarded my case to “ESEA business leads” to get in touch with me on this. Tim Zhang contacted me and preferred to speak over mumble, Tim tried to explain that what I did was against Google Policies as Google restricts the promotion of copyrighted content. Here is Google’s definition of copyrighted content: http://i.imgur.com/3HZQ4ei.png. 

Secondly, Tim claimed that I violated their trademarks. The way it works on AdWords is that companies have to apply for a word to be trademarked on Google in order to prevent unauthorized users from creating Ads using their trademarked work. ESEA did NOT register their supposed “ESEA” trademark. In fact, the trademark “ESEA” does NOT even belong to ESEA in the first place. It belongs to a company known as Ikonika Corp. See 

http://i.imgur.com/ZF9IiRx.png 

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/

By the end of this conversation, Tim Zhang proposed that ESEA is prepared to refund the money I had spent on having these ads up which to me was unacceptable.

I even asked Tim if ESEA would have gotten all these subscribers even if I didn’t have my ad up and he said: “we would probably at least have gotten the majority of those subscribers”.

My Ad linked to http://play.esea.net/subscribe/ instead of http://play.esea.net/. What I’m saying is that I made it simpler for users to access the “Subscribe” page.

Three days after the mumble conversation with Tim, he sent me another email stating: “It has come to our attention that you may be considering an escalation of your referral dispute.”

He provides a screenshot of my Ad http://i.imgur.com/gHJZf39.png

This obviously proves that they were aware of my Ad and had done nothing about it. ESEA did NOT contact me nor submit a complaint with Google in attempt to take down my ad. 

He also states that they consulted with their “Legal counsel”. However, this time he introduces a new reason. The reason being that I violated ESEA copyrights/trademarks. http://i.imgur.com/4z0g69F.png

Moving on to ESEA’s copyright infringement claim, my ad did nothing but direct people to their website (subscribe page) which is the entire premise of the ESEA referral program.

Once again, there was nothing that came up when searching for the supposed trademark/copyright protected content. ESL however, is trademarked. See https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/owners/259074

Nothing also came up when searching through the United States Copyright Office Database. 

So after stating the following findings, Tim Zhang goes on to say that their legal counsel “advised us to pursue legal action against you for a clear case of trademark and copyright infringement.” 

“When last we spoke on January 18th, 2017, we offered to cover all costs you incurred in relation to purchasing these ads. As you have not yet provided us with these costs, we are prepared to offer you a one-time payment of 5,000 USD to settle this dispute. In addition to the 3,495.85 USD we have already paid out to you, this would bring your total referral redemption payout to 8,495.85 USD. Please let us know if you are in agreeance with this approach and we can send over the necessary documentation as well as process the payment immediately.” i.e. (Most likely including an NDA)

I did not bother replying to this email once again as it became clear that ESEA was not willing to pay what is owed to me. On February 14th, Craig Levine the CEO contacts me saying he wishes to speak over the phone. During this phone call, Craig explains that ESEA is unwilling to change their position. Craig goes on to say the same thing as Tim being that they feel “protected” due to Google’s Policies which is not relevant as it clearly states this on Google: “Google is not in a position to mediate third party disputes, and we encourage trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with advertisers.” 

Craig’s proposed solution was to compensate me with the cost of the ads as well as the one-time payment of $5000 that they had already offered. Craig expected me to explain to him as to why they should pay me my referral balance. At one point in the conversation, Craig says: “Our intent is to never to screw anyone or short change anyone or act on any deceiving fashion.” 

“Being a part of our community is a privilege, not a privilege, a mutual choice we make. I can tell you very squarely that we are not looking to have antagonistic members apart of that. I think that ultimately builds the toxicity for the overall product.”

“If it goes sorta the big legal route and this or that, I can you promise you that any amount you receive aren't going to be as strong as our opening position here to you.”

So I had no choice here but to seek legal help, will not mention the names of the attorneys/lawyers for obvious reasons. The two parties exchanged letters. In summary, ESEA’s lawyer explained that ESEA was still unwilling to change their position. In addition, they explained that ESEA’s $5000 offer no longer stands. They also stated that ESL will agree to allow me to keep the $3500 initially paid out to me in exchange for dropping my demands. 

The ex-employee (BIGG, had worked for ESEA since 2005) who was initially handling my support ticket left ESEA sometime around December. I reached out to him and asked him if I had been lied to and deceived this whole time. He explained that I was 100% within the ESEA guidelines and did not see how I would be in violation of Google Policies. See http://i.imgur.com/B1v6yxL.png (Conversation is bottom-up)

More here including screenshots from the support tickets, emails exchanged: http://imgur.com/a/Y9YkM

I also reached out to New Jersey’s Consumer Affairs department who referred my complaint to California, see 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0h5ezdora5e5hh/NJCA.pdf?dl=0

MTG

TLDR: Got $34,291.30 in ESEA referrals from having an active Google Ad. Was paid $3500 but ESEA refuses to pay the remaining $30,739.85. They claim I violated their trademarks/copyright as well as Google’s Policies. Google specifically states: “Google is not in a position to mediate third party disputes, and we encourage trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with advertisers”

Also, I found that another company by the name of Ikonika Corp. owns the trademark “ESEA”. I was also unable to find any copyrighted logos/designs etc. I found ESL’s trademarks/logos but none for ESEA. Was initially offered the cost of running the ads, was then offered one-time payment of $5000 in exchange for signing papers. None of which I accepted.

My Twitter
Referral Program

ESEA has its own referral program: for each user that signs up using your referral link, you get $6.95 per user referred. So, having known about this referral program for a while, I decided to look into it.

“To get started, we would recommend posting links on forums, Steam groups, social media sites, and even in public servers.”

“Start making money today by posting referral links on forums, Steam groups, social media sites, and public servers just to name a few places.”

From https://play.esea.net/index.php?s=support&d=faq&id=23 and https://play.esea.net/index.php?s=news&d=comments&id=11880

Seeing this, I decided to create an Ad on Google AdWords with the referral link provided by ESEA . My link did not direct to ESEA’s main page, but to the subscribe page which lists all the benefits of the premium etc. i.e. https://esea.net/subscribe+refcode. The ad was not too successful the first couple of days, however it started to get around 1000 clicks per day. In the first 3 to 4 weeks of having an active ad, I was able to get ESEA around 500 new users ($3500 USD). I created a support ticket on the ESEA website and I was paid within 6 days. At this point, I was motivated more than ever, so I found ways to customize my Ad in order to get more clicks and it worked. Within a period of 4 months, I was able to get an additional 4423 new premium users that signed up using my referral link.

The total of users who signed up using my referral link is: 4934. This is equivalent to a potential increase to ESEA’s monthly income by $34,291.30, and $411,495.60 yearly. *Keep in mind I only get $6.95 for the first month users choose to have premium.

On September 24th, 2016, I created another support ticket to withdraw my balance for the new users which I got. I had a balance of around $22,300 USD. I was asked to complete a W-8BEN form and I did. I was then asked to complete a wire transfer form and I did. I was constantly told that my payment was still waiting to be approved. On December 16th of 2016, around 3 months after I first opened my support ticket, I get a reply from Brett Sheffield (Few) as well as an email saying the following:

"Mario, We have sent this via email as well.

After reviewing your referral case, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot issue payment for your referral balance. In order to gain referrals, you purchased ads for the ESEA Network through Google, which is a violation of their policies.

We will be zeroing out your referral balance, and have opted to not ban you from the ESEA network at this time. Attempting to do this again will result in stricter punishment moving forward. Any user who is using an ad network or third party redirect site to earn referrals will not be paid their referral balance."

On December 16th, they also modified their “How do I redeem my referral balance and get paid?” page and added: “Did not use a third party redirect or ad buying network to earn referrals”. The last time I had an active ad would be 1-2 months before this was added. Before: http://i.imgur.com/XwtSOKl.png After: http://i.imgur.com/02AaAvt.png

So after receiving that message, I tried reaching out to ESEA’s CEO Craig Levine explaining my case, he forwarded my case to “ESEA business leads” to get in touch with me on this. Tim Zhang contacted me and preferred to speak over mumble, Tim tried to explain that what I did was against Google Policies as Google restricts the promotion of copyrighted content. Here is Google’s definition of copyrighted content: http://i.imgur.com/3HZQ4ei.png.

Secondly, Tim claimed that I violated their trademarks. The way it works on AdWords is that companies have to apply for a word to be trademarked on Google in order to prevent unauthorized users from creating Ads using their trademarked work. ESEA did NOT register their supposed “ESEA” trademark. In fact, the trademark “ESEA” does NOT even belong to ESEA in the first place. It belongs to a company known as Ikonika Corp. See

http://i.imgur.com/ZF9IiRx.png

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/

By the end of this conversation, Tim Zhang proposed that ESEA is prepared to refund the money I had spent on having these ads up which to me was unacceptable.

I even asked Tim if ESEA would have gotten all these subscribers even if I didn’t have my ad up and he said: “we would probably at least have gotten the majority of those subscribers”.

My Ad linked to http://play.esea.net/subscribe/ instead of http://play.esea.net/. What I’m saying is that I made it simpler for users to access the “Subscribe” page.

Three days after the mumble conversation with Tim, he sent me another email stating: “It has come to our attention that you may be considering an escalation of your referral dispute.”

He provides a screenshot of my Ad http://i.imgur.com/gHJZf39.png

This obviously proves that they were aware of my Ad and had done nothing about it. ESEA did NOT contact me nor submit a complaint with Google in attempt to take down my ad.

He also states that they consulted with their “Legal counsel”. However, this time he introduces a new reason. The reason being that I violated ESEA copyrights/trademarks. http://i.imgur.com/4z0g69F.png

Moving on to ESEA’s copyright infringement claim, my ad did nothing but direct people to their website (subscribe page) which is the entire premise of the ESEA referral program.

Once again, there was nothing that came up when searching for the supposed trademark/copyright protected content. ESL however, is trademarked. See https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/owners/259074

Nothing also came up when searching through the United States Copyright Office Database.

So after stating the following findings, Tim Zhang goes on to say that their legal counsel “advised us to pursue legal action against you for a clear case of trademark and copyright infringement.”

“When last we spoke on January 18th, 2017, we offered to cover all costs you incurred in relation to purchasing these ads. As you have not yet provided us with these costs, we are prepared to offer you a one-time payment of 5,000 USD to settle this dispute. In addition to the 3,495.85 USD we have already paid out to you, this would bring your total referral redemption payout to 8,495.85 USD. Please let us know if you are in agreeance with this approach and we can send over the necessary documentation as well as process the payment immediately.” i.e. (Most likely including an NDA)

I did not bother replying to this email once again as it became clear that ESEA was not willing to pay what is owed to me. On February 14th, Craig Levine the CEO contacts me saying he wishes to speak over the phone. During this phone call, Craig explains that ESEA is unwilling to change their position. Craig goes on to say the same thing as Tim being that they feel “protected” due to Google’s Policies which is not relevant as it clearly states this on Google: “Google is not in a position to mediate third party disputes, and we encourage trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with advertisers.”

Craig’s proposed solution was to compensate me with the cost of the ads as well as the one-time payment of $5000 that they had already offered. Craig expected me to explain to him as to why they should pay me my referral balance. At one point in the conversation, Craig says: “Our intent is to never to screw anyone or short change anyone or act on any deceiving fashion.”

“Being a part of our community is a privilege, not a privilege, a mutual choice we make. I can tell you very squarely that we are not looking to have antagonistic members apart of that. I think that ultimately builds the toxicity for the overall product.”

“If it goes sorta the big legal route and this or that, I can you promise you that any amount you receive aren't going to be as strong as our opening position here to you.”

So I had no choice here but to seek legal help, will not mention the names of the attorneys/lawyers for obvious reasons. The two parties exchanged letters. In summary, ESEA’s lawyer explained that ESEA was still unwilling to change their position. In addition, they explained that ESEA’s $5000 offer no longer stands. They also stated that ESL will agree to allow me to keep the $3500 initially paid out to me in exchange for dropping my demands.

The ex-employee (BIGG, had worked for ESEA since 2005) who was initially handling my support ticket left ESEA sometime around December. I reached out to him and asked him if I had been lied to and deceived this whole time. He explained that I was 100% within the ESEA guidelines and did not see how I would be in violation of Google Policies. See http://i.imgur.com/B1v6yxL.png (Conversation is bottom-up)

More here including screenshots from the support tickets, emails exchanged: http://imgur.com/a/Y9YkM

I also reached out to New Jersey’s Consumer Affairs department who referred my complaint to California, see

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0h5ezdora5e5hh/NJCA.pdf?dl=0

MTG

TLDR: Got $34,291.30 in ESEA referrals from having an active Google Ad. Was paid $3500 but ESEA refuses to pay the remaining $30,739.85. They claim I violated their trademarks/copyright as well as Google’s Policies. Google specifically states: “Google is not in a position to mediate third party disputes, and we encourage trademark owners to resolve their disputes directly with advertisers”

Also, I found that another company by the name of Ikonika Corp. owns the trademark “ESEA”. I was also unable to find any copyrighted logos/designs etc. I found ESL’s trademarks/logos but none for ESEA. Was initially offered the cost of running the ads, was then offered one-time payment of $5000 in exchange for signing papers. None of which I accepted.

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Why did you wait so long to cash-out? I would have been cashing out at least every $1000. You drew too much attention building up $30k.

Ask if you can get paid in Bitcoin... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

They actually scammed you lol

I see Richard Lewis is following you on Twitter. We'll see what he has to say! GL man

Best 10sec ace you are going to see this week.

Best 10sec ace you are going to see this week.
Best 10sec ace you are going to see this week.

he is from the UK, that reaction is a normal day to them. they get an assist and scream like they won the 2nd world war all over again.

That was sick....BUT

cmon man you gotta act cool so your teammates think thats just a normal day to you

You weren't kidding... Fucking Insaaaane

Not using deagle for the last kill. down vote.

Better than JW

presses tab and checks community profile

Oh MY GOD, ONLY 2k hours, REPORT!

Hold my beer...

HAHA PROFILE PRIVATE NICE TRY CHEATER

furiously pastes report id in chat everytime 'cheater' dies/gets a kill

Starting CS:GO for the first time

Starting CS:GO for the first time

The H1Z1 intro and plane in PUBG are close contenders for the "why the hell is this so loud" award.

You forgot where the audio chugs and repeats the first note 3 times before the main screen plays.

Between the plane spawning after the countdown and the countless kids screaming "Taiwan #1!,' you're right, it's pure ear rape

LET'S ROLL -OLL -OLL

Try one of these subthreads