North American esports organisation, 100 Thieves, announced this Monday that they would be shuttering their CS:GO team after the conclusion of their current tournament.
100 Thieves posted a video on their social media about the changes. It was a frank and open explanation about their current situation and how the recent pandemic influenced their decision-making, “2020 was definitely not the year any of us anticipated”.
Nadeshot justified the cuts by explaining how the changes to the CS:GO tournament infrastructure were not viable for an organisation based in North America. He wanted to help the players but believed that 100 Thieves was not the right place for them.
“What’s happening right now in CS:GO is that everything is transitioning over to Europe. We talked to our players about what solutions we could find because they’ve been competing their butts off. They’ve done the best job that they could to bring the results that we strive for. Unfortunately, we have fallen short quite a bit. Even if we wanted to make roster changes, there were still hurdles in our way. Right now, with the qualifications and the points system for Majors, any roster movement that we would have made could have jeopardised our position or our opportunity to even compete at a Major. And that was a gigantic roadblock.”
For an esports organisation based in Los Angeles, it would not be possible to compete in Europe during a pandemic without incurring a major financial loss. Nadeshot went on to say, “This is what’s best for our business, this is what’s best for our players, and this is what’s best for their careers.”
The company has not ruled out a return to CS:GO but if/when they do return, the roster will look far different than it does now.