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Former Moscow 5 owner charged in "largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States"

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Former Moscow 5 owner charged in "largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States"

For over a decade, Dmitry 'ddd1ms' Smilianets ran Moscow 5, a major force in pro Dota, Counter-Strike and League of Legends. But his extracurricular activities saw him arrested last July in a global operation by the FBI’s cyber-crime unit, and his teams disassembled in the months that followed.

US authorities yesterday revealed that Smilianets is among five Russian and Ukrainian nationals charged with running a sophisticated hacking network. The group stole at least 160 million debit and credit card numbers, and consequently hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Tales of the Lane League of Legends playoffs begin today, leading European teams dueling for a trip to Paris semifinals and €15,000

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Tales of the Lane League of Legends playoffs begin today, leading European teams dueling for a trip to Paris semifinals and €15,000A few of Europe’s top League of Legends teams compete for a €15,000 grand prize in the Tales of the Lane tournament, a small tournament funded by audience donations, in addition to support from Riot. It’s attracted a small but impressive group of competitors, six of whom survived today’s pool play to move onto the tomorrow’s playoff.

Today (Sunday) at 7:30 PM GMT / 3:30 Eastern, Curse EU plays mousesports in a best of three, followed by Team ALTERNATE going up against Eclypsia. The winners will move on to face SK Gaming and Moscow Five in the semifinal on Nov. 11. The English language stream is available through O’Gaming TV.

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League of Legends Season 2 semifinals recap: Moscow 5 v Taipei Assassins and CLG EU v Azubu Frost

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League of Legends Season 2 semifinals recap: Moscow 5 v Taipei Assassins and CLG EU v Azubu FrostThe much-delayed League of Legends Season 2 playoffs concluded last night at LA’s Galen Center, where CLG’s quarterfinal series against World Elite finally reached its end prior to a long semifinal round. With the main stage still under construction behind the casting booth, teams were forced to play from separate backstage locations without a live audience, an arrangement that may have lacked the grandeur of the LA Live outdoor arena, but which at least eliminated any chances for more of the cheating that troubled the playoffs’ earlier matches.

It was an odd night of uneven games and close-fought series, with each of the two semifinal matches going to three games.

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League of Legends Season 2 Playoffs Day 2 recap: Moscow Five and Azubu Frost dominate, Taipei Assassins stun NaJin Sword

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League of Legends Season 2 Playoffs Day 2 recap: Moscow Five and Azubu Frost dominate, Taipei Assassins stun NaJin SwordThe first day of the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship quarterfinals featured the best play of the tournament so far and three decisive victories for Korea’s Azubu Frost, Russia’s Moscow 5, and Taiwan’s Taipei Assassins. Team Solomid, North America’ last team standing, went out against Azubu Frost. On the livestream tomorrow at 8 PM UK / 3 PM Eastern, World Elite play CLG EU to determine who moves on to face Azubu Frost in the semifinal round.

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Riot: "There’s got to be room for a little bit of drama," in e-sports, but it's all about good conduct

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Riot: "There’s got to be room for a little bit of drama," in e-sports, but it's all about good conductWe had plenty of time to catch up with Riot as they watched over the Intel Extreme Masters at Gamescom. As well as telling us about the importance of good e-commentators, they also shared their thoughts on player behaviour, including the recent arrest of the head of Moscow 5 and their attitude to discipline and bans.

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Moscow 5 wins League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters at Gamescom

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Moscow 5 wins League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters at Gamescom

The Intel Extreme Masters took place in Cologne during last week’s Gamescom, with eight teams duking it out to see who’ll take home the big prize and also secure themselves a slot in the grand finals of the League of Legends Season 2 Championships, which have a prize pool of over 2 million dollars. Moscow 5 managed the feat, securing their dominance over the League of Legends competitive scene, and also protecting their IEM title, after winning it in Hanover last year.

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Moscow 5 pull out of Gosuleague a week after leader arrested

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Moscow 5 pull out of Gosuleague a week after leader arrestedMoscow 5, the troubled Esports team still reeling from the recent arrest and incarceration of their leader, Dimitry Simalyanets, has pulled out of the Dota 2 Gosuleague after their request for an enforced forfeit was denied by the league. All their following matches will be automatically forfeit, leaving their opponents with an automatic 2-0 victory. 

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Profile: Moscow 5

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Profile: Moscow 5While best known for their escapades on Summoner’s Rift in League of Legends, Moscow 5 started out in 2001 focusing mainly on Counterstrike (1.6) and Dota, with a little bit of Fifa and Warcraft 3 thrown in.

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Head of Russian e-sports team arrested on alleged cybercrimes charges

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Head of Russian e-sports team arrested on alleged cybercrimes charges

The head of Moscow 5, Dmitry Smilyanets, has been arrested by Dutch police, and while the charges being levelled at him haven’t been officially stated, Fontanka, the Russian website that broke the story (and spotted by Kotaku), claims that it was part of a concerted effort by the FBI to crack down on credit card fraud. Moscow 5 are one of the most successful Esports teams out there, with leading competitors in Counter Strike, League of Legends and Dota 2.

Updated: the fraud totalled $205,000,000 and his co-accused is the son of the head of the Russian Senate(!)

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