The coronavirus pandemic has taken yet another esports organization out of the picture. Croatian organization CR4ZY has terminated contracts with all teams and players effective immediately.
⚠️ IMPORTANT UPDATE ⚠️ This year has been really challenging and eventful but now it's time to focus on the next chapter. Huge thanks to our Dota 2 and CS:GO teams on everything they did under the CR4ZY banner.
— CR4ZY (@gocr4zy) October 5, 2020
“CR4ZY has terminated the contracts with all of its esports teams on the 30th of September in order to prepare for the upcoming year. Although this feels like a loss, we believe this was the right decision…With limited travel options, tournaments regionally locked, and lower investor/partner activity we believe it is the right time to reevaluate our strategy in 2020 and do our best to prepare for 2021,” CR4ZY CEO Antonio Meić said in a statement on the team’s official website.
A meteoric rise
Formerly known as Valiance, CR4ZY became known through their international CS:GO roster. The roster has fielded many players, but none as famous as the duo of Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač and Nemanja “nexa” Isaković who were acquired by G2 Esports last year.
From there CR4ZY spread into a number of different titles by signing a new CSGO lineup, fielding a League of Legends team to compete in the EBL, sponsoring the Fighting PandaS Dota 2 team, and sponsoring Rainbow Six team MnM Gaming.
The rest of its European CS:GO squad was acquired by c0ntact Gaming, and CR4ZY opted for a CIS roster shortly after.
Although its new CS:GO roster never reached the same heights as the old one, Cr4ZY’s Dota team cemented themselves as a top-three team in the North American region.
With its former Dota 2 team currently orgless, the North American scene will have no sponsored teams left if Evil Geniuses completes its rumored move to Europe.
The organization has made it clear that it will not leave esports behind altogether, so expect CR4ZY to announce new rosters at some point next year.
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