North American-based 100 Thieves will exit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive play, CEO and owner Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag confirmed Monday.
The team currently is competing in Intel Extreme Masters XV — New York Online: North America play and stands 3-1 and in a three-way tie for first place in its group. Nadeshot said this will be the team’s last tournament.
in a video posted to the organization’s Twitter account, Nadeshot said complications surrounding COVID-19, the European focus of CS:GO and travel problems for players provided hurdles too great to leap.
Nadeshot said he had full confidence in his players but that it didn’t make sense to continue. He said he is working with other organizations to find new teams for the players amid reports that one — rifler Justin “Jks” Savage — is headed to Complexing Gaming.
Jks posted a farewell to the organization on Monday.
“Thank you @100Thieves for the incredible experience this past year,” he tweeted. “It’s been a great ride and I looked forward to seeing 100 Thieves’ continued success!”
100 Thieves entered CS:GO in 2017 when it signed the roster of the Brazilian team Immortals, but the team quickly disbanded amid immigration and other issues. Just a year ago, 100 Thieves acquired the roster of Renegades of Australia.
That team got off to a strong start, finishing in second place last November in Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing and reaching No. 5 in the world rankings.
But in 2020, the team hasn’t replicated the results, falling outside the top 10, with its best results a third-place finish at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: North America in June and a second place last month at ESL Pro League Season 12: North America.
100 Thieves also lost their coach, Chet “Chet” Singh, who left CS:GO to build a Valorant team for NRG Esports. No replacement was hired.
Nadeshot said 100 Thieves could return to the platform at a later date. The organization also competes in League of Legends, Fortnite and Valorant.
“We might find ourselves in this community and a part of this game again with another iteration of a roster,” Nadeshot said. “There is just too much ambiguity, too much vagueness, and too much uncertainty for us to be a part of it right now.”
–Field Level Media