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Finnish Esports Organizations sever ties with PC hardware company amid controversy

Posted : 11 April 2024

Finnish esports organizations ENCE and HAVU Gaming have severed ties with Finnish PC hardware company Jimm’s PC-Store following reports and investigations linking the business owner to suspicions of exporting drones purchased from Jimm’s to Russia.


The decision comes amid an ongoing investigation involving Gabriel Temin, owner of companies Luminor and Siberica, accused of exporting defense equipment to Kazakhstan without proper permits and breaching export restrictions by sending goods to St. Petersburg.


Authorities from Finland, the Netherlands, and the U.S. launched an investigation into Temin's activities last Autumn after his companies received messages indicating Russian business connections. The Eastern Uusimaa District Court found Temin guilty of several violations, including selling defense equipment without permits and exporting goods under export restrictions, although it couldn't be confirmed that the operations were directed from Russia or that drones exported by Temin’s companies were destined for Russia.


Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported on the investigation on April 7th, alleging that thousands of drones involved were purchased from Jimm’s PC-Store for about €2 million. Jimm’s CEO, Veli Nietula, acknowledged the sales data outlined by Iltalehti and admitted to inadequate background checks on client companies due to a 'sales frenzy'.


Despite Nietula's statement and assertion of Jimm’s stance against Russia's actions in Ukraine, ENCE and HAVU Gaming opted to end their partnerships with the PC company citing the seriousness of the matter and their inability to accept recent issues associated with Jimm’s.


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