Team RiZe is no more 
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Gavin Mannion
May 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

You may recognise the name Team RiZe as we spoke about them quite extensively earlier this year when they stole the local Call of Duty World Championship spot by including 2 UK based players and then ended up in LA with only a single South African representing our country.

Needless to say that we didn’t take this well and the general gaming community in South Africa were also hugely negative against the team and the members there of so it’s not overly surprising that Team RiZe has been razed to the ground.  In a 5 minute monologue posted to YouTube the previous captain of Team RiZe explains why he’s shutting the team down and how he feels about Call of Duty gaming in general.

In the end I’m just glad he has done the right thing and shutting the team down. They turned our country into a joke and there was absolutely no way the larger local gaming community would have ever forgotten about what they did.

So how do you feel, has he done the right thing here or did we help create an Internet mob that has unfairly killed one of his passions?

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar Returns

    Pubsky was pretty pissed on Zoe’s thread. LG, pissing people since 2007

    • Wincethis

      Pissing people? Think you need an OFF or ON there?

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    They should never have existed in the first place, its a bit late to do this now. To be honest I think the only reason he shut them down was that nobody in SA would be willing to play against them with all the negative publicity. Just a ‘save face’ tactic.

    In my opinion, if he really meant what he said, the team should have been disbanded, or at least changed, before the initial SA qualifiers took place.

    Sorry to be negative, but too little, too late…..

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      The thing is Team RiZe had a golden opportunity to come back and prove that they wanted to properly represent SA. If they’d stepped forward and said they made a mistake by not having SA players etc; and said that they would policies in place to ensure that they properly represent SA and how they will fix their mistakes it could have been far better and could have made them look like they want to be professional and actually care.

      • HvR – THE Average GAmer

        Maybe after the initial qualifying incident but after their FU attitudes, the pictures and dropping another SA player for UK player they burned to many bridges.

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          yeah as I said somewhere else here they had a golden opportunity to show that they cared about eSports in SA in general by fixing it up and doing it the right way but they didn’t. So there is multiple points of blame here.

          Just sad that it got to this point.

          Best would have been a public apology with a promise to move forward with SA eSports and the image of our country in mind. Then move on and stick to the promise

  • Hammersteyn

    So Team RiZe ragequits?

    • MakeItLegal

      lol made my day

    • InsanityFlea

      whahahaha have a +1.

      • InsanityFlea

        Hey LG, featured comment? (hammersteyn’s) :p

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      Spot on

    • Johan du Preez

      ROFL comment of the week contender

  • Wincethis

    Doesn’t really mean much when they have already had their fare paid, hotels, sponsorships etc all laid out. Nah, they were in it for themselves and now they realise no one likes them any more.

    • Hammersteyn

      Everyone dislikes them for the way they qualified. Then the twitter pics with all the middle fingers (representing SA no less) and finally doing so poorly in the US.

      • Wincethis

        Yeah. Real ‘reps’ of SA hey?

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    Look, quitting wasn’t perhaps the answer. I can understand why he decided to quit and the pressure is immense.

    But that’s just the kicker. To represent your country in ANY sport is immensely stressful and you will always be under pressure to perform.

    You have to worry about what doing things will do to your image and the image of the country you are representing. You have to make sure you are representing your country (having only 1 SA player in your team for the league is not representing your country for example)

    You have to be the kind of leader which will stand up and go “We made a mistake and this is how we are going to fix it”.

    I’m sorry to hear that he’s decided to possibly step back from professional gaming, he is clearly good at it. But if you aren’t going to forge forward to represent your country even when it’s tough doing it then perhaps it is the better choice?

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/scavengefightbuild Gerhard Davids

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      Hahaha, I see we had the same idea (see my post above)

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/scavengefightbuild Gerhard Davids

        Great minds man…

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          Yet fools never differ….

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/scavengefightbuild Gerhard Davids

            I agree with you.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Darnit.. walked in to that one

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            lol

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/scavengefightbuild Gerhard Davids

            <3

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            BOOOM

  • HvR – THE Average GAmer

    Criticism against them was deserved; best is probably to disband the team due to the bad reputation. They knew they were going to piss off the majority of the community and was pretty brazen about it and continue to do it anyway.

    Hope he isn’t shunned in future from the gaming community as that will be taking it to far.

    My biggest problem with the whole affair has been that the rules allowed for this to happen and it seemed that if the organizers couldn’t care less. Hope this changes in the future with any similar country based championships.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      This is also a very good point. If the rules allowed it then we really should all be pissed at the events organisers and our wonderful eSports official reps who couldn’t see this as a problem

  • string_slinger

    Wow, a 5min monologue. Didnt know enough people were interested to warrant that. Not really saying a lot in those 2min either. How about ‘Hey guys, we’re ending team Rize. For various and varied reasons, the teams just not viable anymore. Thanks for your support during our time.’ The end. P.S. If you don’t want to get into the foreign players thing, then don’t go into it – suggestion, prolly to late now…:).

    • string_sling

      Sorry, said 2min cause that’s all I listened to….

  • Kensei Seraph

    I’m wondering if the team will reform with the same players but under a different name?

  • Her Highness the Hipster

    I’m intrigued by the whole “he wasn’t online when the Champs thing happened” part of his rant/vlog. Also really strange how he doesn’t mention Pupsky as a core player… wonder if they’re trying to pin the whole Champs issue on him.

    • Hammersteyn

      I still blame the organizers but also Team RiZe for taking advantage of the loop hole.

      • Wincethis

        Agreed. If you were offered a trip there you wouldn’t say no!

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar Returns

    Thing is right, what pisses me off more than the whole Rize issue was the way the community (not confined to any one community). I get it’s upsetting, but sometimes, myself included, we go too far, we throw names and insults galore at them. Slander like it’s going out of fashion. Some even take the time to personally go out and attack these people. Wonder when we learn to be upset in a respectable manner

    Now…I’m off my high horse. Damn this stupid ass team to hell!

    • Hammersteyn

      Their whole attitude stunk. Especially those photos from the plane. Plus Zoe mentioned how the just sat and moped during the break while other teams had a strategy discussion. They were in it for the free trip not giving a damn that they were representing South Africa even though most of them were from overseas and why would they?

      • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar Returns

        Yeah, don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone a SINGLE thing though, I’m not fond of them either

  • Sageville

    Ag, Online gaming team members chop and change so often, the fact that Rize is deservedly being canned just means that there will be some new amalgamation of a team in the future.

    I’m sure they will becry victim, but really they didn’t deserve an SA spot for those UK players and that whole middle finger thing just means they are twats, I feel nothing for this booohoo video.

  • Admiral Chief in Space
  • InsanityFlea

    Oops, someone tripped over their own ego. It’s everyone else’s fault, love the blame game.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    All out of cares.

  • Jedi JJ

    Still better than Risen 2

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Still a beter love story than Twilight….. Too soon?

      • Kensei Seraph

        Twilight was a comedy not a love story.

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          I wouldn’t even label it as that. Disgrace to comedy all over.

          Twilight has no genre as it shouldn’t exist

          • Kensei Seraph

            Other than the 2nd book and it’s depressing “Oh he left me so now I must repeatedly nearly kill myself” I found the books to be hilarious.
            I laughed myself to tears on every page.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            you read the books????

            Man badge.. Hand it over…

          • Jedi JJ

            Hey, personally I think that’s better than watching the movies. If you watched the movies it means you stared at dudes without shirts for at least a third of the time.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            That’s terribad man

          • Dutch Matrix

            And uhm… gamers are doing what exactly? (refresh your browser for Kratos sake!)

          • Jedi JJ

            I prefer mine with armour on though. :)

          • Kensei Seraph

            You’ll have to pry it from me with your cold dead frozen hand!

            The books are funny as long as you don’t take them to seriously.
            That’s where people seem to go wrong, they expect a love story and they get a comedy.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Will those cold dead hands be sparkling by any chance? Coz I get this distinct feeling it will

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Sparkly Seraph

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Hahahahaha. UPVOTE

          • Kensei Seraph

            No thanks.

            Although… I would bring back the age of the Samurai!
            Nothing sparkles while wearing this http://th03.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2009/358/5/b/Real_Samurai_Gusoku_Armor_03_by_ShotaKotake.jpg

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Except your man badge. That would glint and gleen in the pure awesomeness of that Samurai armour

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Sparkly Seraph it is then

          • Kensei Seraph

            Haha.

        • Jedi JJ

          “story” *

      • Dutch Matrix

        I think the Bat-Minion protests too much about Twilight. Why don’t you come out of the closet and admit to the world you are not a Twi-Hard, but THE Twi-Hard

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          naaaah. Already been hated on enough today when I said on Twitter that I think Adventure Time is stupid….

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            And you should feel bad

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            It’s my birthday and I can say what I want to.. say what I want to….

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Fine, but tomorrow you shall be CHASTISED!

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            lol

          • Kensei Seraph

            Well if you troll in such an obvious manner then that is what you deserve.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            I wasn’t trolling….

          • Kensei Seraph, Sparkly Samurai

            Obviously.
            You’re more subtle than that.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            Far more subtle yeah

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            He has yet to see the light on that one Sparkles

    • Kensei Seraph

      Is it really that bad?
      I’ve got it in my backlog and have been putting it off.

      • Jedi JJ

        Had it in my backlog. Decided to finally try it.
        Go watch Angry Joe’s review on it. Pretty much sums up the experience.

  • Rags

    They play COD on a console. That should be haram.

  • Johan du Preez

    So they ended team UK

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      oooo ouch….

    • Kensei Seraph

      Nice.

  • InsanityFlea
  • Shady Shariest

    Bah, don’t worry about the nationality… Even “Euro”gamer is 100% British. Nationality doesn’t matter in the internet age.

  • Tidycpc
  • MichaelMatusowsky

    Reading the comments in the comments section. I’m ashamed to be apart of the SA Gaming Community because of the community and not what RiZe did. Considering the community is slating them for playing within the rules but maybe not within the spirit of the tournament. There was nothing wrong with the team from start to finish, just a pointless pitchforked mob crying foul against a team instead of an organisations rules that allowed them to do what they did.

  • Tjopper

    OMW… Dbag alert !!!!