GNiK recently made his way into the Quake Pro League by qualifying through the Challenger’s League and competing at Lucca. Here we cover topics such as picking up Quake 3 as a 5-year-old, his controversial escapades as a teen in Quake Live and his journey into the QPL over the past year.
First and foremost, we need to say thank you to Smango for making this interview happen. It is because of his diligence in monitoring the Quake Pro League (something I do not always have time to do myself) that this interview came to be. I’ve been a fan of GNiK for a long time but in all honesty; I had no idea GNiK was doing so well in the Challengers League. Fast forward to the weekend before Lucca Comics & Games when I receive a message from GNiK:
“QuakeFans is doing some thing on me and one of the questions was about you doing a podcast with me.”
THANK YOU SMANGO!
You can read that article (which is a profile of GNiK’s gear and settings) here.
Suddenly I’m up to speed on the recent happenings and GNiK is on his way to Lucca for his first ever major LAN event and to pursue his dream of becoming a professional Quake player. AND HE DID IT! The weekend of Lucca I had just transitioned to night shift at work, freeing me up to be awake during the event where I watched GNiK defeat Br1ck in an epic best of 5 match-up. More importantly, this win meant that GNiK was now an official member of the QPL.
After the event we quickly scheduled some time to sit down and record this interview as a celebration of GNiK’s victory and a peek into his unique journey to get here.
GNiK is a 21-year-old from British Columbia who had never (until Lucca) been further from home than Alberta. His Quake journey began while he was a child playing with his father and brothers. As he grew into adolescence, he made a controversial name for himself in Quake Live (more on that in the interview). Fast forward to Quake Champions. After the infamous Christmas patch of 2018, the official competitive scene took a LONG lull. Luckily, people like S L I P & UNKiND of State of Quake and IamFortyLions kept the North American competitive scene alive through various community events.
Throughout that season, GNiK fought his way to the top, winning a disproportionate amount of events and showing the world that he was a force to be reckoned with. When the QPL began at Quakecon 2019, who better to throw their hat into the Challenger’s League than GNiK? You know the rest.
Talking about Quake Champions
Now I am perfectly aware of how critical I have been of Quake Champions over the past 6 months. I’ve been involved in several interviews where I have laid out my opinions on the game, most notably my appearance on Beyond Strafe Jumping with Shazzik. None of this is to say that I am any less enthusiastic about Quake Champions or the QPL. Quite the contrary. It is only to say that my relative lull in involvement with the game left me a little out of the loop over the past few months.
So… we brought in an expert. I asked Hawr1x of quake.cz to join us for this interview as there is no one I can think of more qualified (and easily accessible) to ask questions of about Quake Champions eSports than the man who dedicates himself to covering it. Furthermore, Hawr1x was AT Lucca to witness all the happening in person.
WinD gets the Banhammer for using a Quake Champions Aimbot! WinD was competing in the Quake Pro League Challengers bracket.
Kenneth “WinD” Spaziani has been playing competitive eSport games since 2001. The real question is how much of his “earnings” were actually earned or has he been cheating the whole time?
WinD was streaming on Mixer whenever he was caught “toggling” his Quake Champions Aimbot. All of the information is provided down below.
Video Footage of Quake Champions Aimbot
Tracking on LG VIDEO
You can notice that his mouse cursor seems to automatically magnetize to the pillar which AskoldDalin is hiding behind. This is a very, very unnatural movement with a crosshair. This incident happens around the 3-second mark so pay very close attention to how the cross-hair changes direction.
WinD about 20 seconds into the video clearly toggles something to pull of a perfect railgun shot. Then un-toggles causing his crosshair to fly up extremely high for no reason…
This is extreme aimbot like behavior. All the footage was clipped from his Mixer channels, thanks for whomever done all this work.
Well Deserved Ban
This photo came off of the Quake Champions Subreddit. Look I have no idea what Discord server this is off of but it looks like the problem has been resolved.
Whatever the full punishment is it is deserved. Hopefully, it was a lifetime ban Hardware IDs and IP address related. Stuff like this needs GONE out of Quake Champions.
Way to stay on top of things SyncError.
Most importantly WinD got excatly what he deserved. Above all, what kind of idiot live-streams and cheats at the same time. If you are going to cheat at least do it while not streaming. The evidence is clear and VIDEO further proves him toggling the aimbot while dueling some of the best Quake Champions has to offer.
If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.
I’ve for one never really understood the reasoning behind cheating in a First Person Shooter. What ground do you really gain? Could you imagine someone getting on the big stage on the pro scene and getting caught with all the cameras on?
First-person shooters are about skill, if you are using cheats against your opponents you lose all integrity.
Another issue I see is that there doesn’t seem to be any in-place protection for this type of thing. The QC fanbase had to bring this to attention.
So I’m guessing there is no aimbot protection in QC yet. Hey, Punkbuster where you at?
Be sure to let us know on Twitter if you think he got was he deserved and if we need more protection against this type of thing.
Enter to Win a Quake Champions Free Skin from Nvidia! Turn that Railgun into a Green Laser firing machine.
All you gotta do is click on this link it will take you to the promotion page and you will have to download GeForce Experience.
Yea I know, GeForce Experience it’s terrible but this is the only way to have a chance to win this skin. Yes… That is right you only get a chance from what I understand.
ALSO, THIS ONLY WORKS IF YOU HAVE AN NVIDIA GPU!!!!
WARNING: Settings Will Change
I found that whenever I installed GeForce Experience that it changed my Quake Champions Settings after I installed it and played it…
Without telling me. It scans your computers for video games and takes over… This is the reason I UNINSTALLED this thing in the first place. Don’t get me wrong I have a decent computer rig.
AMD Ryzen 2700x and Nividia 1070 Dual Channel DDR4 Ram. So it can handle Quake Champions really well.
The issue is that it can’t really push ULTRA to 144FPS. So I have to play with lowered settings to get a smoother experience. Nvidia GeForce Experience will not take this into consideration.
This was probably the only course of action to really get entered into the sweepstakes is to play Quake Champions with it installed. Also, it is worth noting you have to KEEP it installed until at least until you get the message from GeForce Experience…
Quake Champions Marketing?
Is Quake Champions finally being marketed again? This is something I asked myself whenever I saw this posted. It is quite possible that they are wanting to get more configuration settings. Also trying to figure out who is still playing Quake Champions what type of system they are using to improve performance.
As with many things in life, nothing is truly FREE they wanted to gain something from this. IT is SAFE, but I’m starting the rumor mill here. I’m saying hopefully this is a way for them to gain some information so they can improve the game and bring back the Quake Champions Playerbase.
Let me know down below in a comment if you received the Quake Champions Free Skin from Nvidia. I really do hope I get one so I can brag about it!