North American Counter-Strike has suffered another blow as it has been reported that Counter-Logic Gaming will be dropping its CS:GO squad due to financial insolvency. The beleaguered team has struggled in 2017 netting just over $120,000 in winnings while failing to qualify for numerous events including both the PGL and ELEAGUE Majors.
With the current Immortals unit disbanding after some serious disciplinary issues that marred their DreamHack Montreal tournament, CLG now becomes the second prominent North American team to shut down their CS:GO operations in 2017.
The disbandment comes on the heels of Pujan “FNS” Mehta already having both feet out the door after it was revealed that he and the organization were at odds over issues not publicly stated.
CLG has been an underwhelming team finishing 8th in ECS Season 4 and 7th in the 6th season of the ESL Pro League, failing to qualify for most events. Their best finish of the year came at DreamHack Montreal where they took 3rd-4th.
While esports such as League of Legends and Overwatch transition towards a more traditional sports model with franchising and revenue sharing, CS:GO continues to be a hodgepodge of tournaments with different rules that require an immense effort to navigate and follow. Additionally, the toll it takes on the players and staff is extensive as they deal with the inordinate amount of travel they must undertake to play in tournaments spread over the globe.
Since September, The No. 1 team in the world according to HLTV.org, SK Gaming, has traveled to Malmo, Mykonos, New York, Moscow, Oakland, Copenhagen and will be headed to Cancun and Odense. SK has either been on the road or competing in LAN events for 51 days out of the 122 days from September to January 1 if you add both the ESL and ECS finals. If you consider the offline matches for various qualifiers, tournaments, and pro leagues, the number of days rise to a staggering 63.
In contrast, the North American League Championship Series for League of Legends, plays all their matches in their Los Angeles studio which eliminates the need for a rigorous international travel schedule.
Team houses, player salaries, support personnel, and other expenses can easily exceed $200,000 which is on the low end of the cost spectrum.
Photo: CLG Twitter
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