theScore esports Daily (Feb. 5): Hi-Rez employee and Twitch streamer arrested during child sex sting operation

by Dimitri Pascaluta Feb 5
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Hi-Rez employee arrested during child sex sting operation

Twitch partner and Hi-Rez Studios employee Thomas "Elvine" Cheung has been arrested as part of an undercover operation by U.S. law enforcement to apprehend alleged child sex offenders, reports Georgia-based NBC affiliate 11alive.

According to 11alive, Cheung was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations as part of 'Operation Interception', a five-day sting operation in which 21 men were arrested for attempting to arrange sex with a child.

A tweet posted by the President and CEO of HiRez, Stew Chisam stated that, effective immediately, Cheung is no longer an employee of HiRez.

ninjaboogie departs TNC

Michael "ninjaboogie" Ross has been removed from the active roster of TNC Predator, the organization announced on Tuesday.

ninjaboogie left Mineski to captain TNC in late 2018, and led them to a 5-6th finish at the first Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit in Kuala Lumpur.

Unfortunately, TNC only managed a 9-12th finish at the season's second Major in Chongqing, where they got swept by an incomplete Team Liquid in the second round of the lower bracket.

Six Invitational prize pool reaches $1.5 million

The prize pool for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Invitational 2019 has officially exceeded $1.5 million, announced Ubisoft in a press release on Tuesday.

The upcoming tournament amassed its record-breaking prize pool thanks to Siege's recently-implemented Road To The Six Invitational in-game event, where 30% of the revenue made from skin sales were contributed to the pot.

Ubisoft also announced that the Invitational will include a screening of Behind the Siege, a documentary about the game itself and what it means to players, casters, and concept, esports and community artists.

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