Jan 25 2016 - 3:44 pm

With $700,000 price tag, FaZe becomes the most expensive CS:GO team in history

Faze Clan’s recent acquisition of the G2 Esports Counter-Strike lineup has been followed by reports that ESL co-founder Jens Hilger allegedly tampered with the deal to secure a higher fee for the squad
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Faze Clan’s recent acquisition of the G2 Esports Counter-Strike lineup has been followed by reports that ESL co-founder Jens Hilger allegedly tampered with the deal to secure a higher fee for the squad. As a result, FaZe Clan now hosts the most expensive team in the history of Counter-Strike.

The deal included $300,000 up front, with another $400,000 to be paid out in two installments of $200,000, according to sources close to the agreement. This blitzes any previous buyout, with the total fee sitting around $700,000.

Earlier today, Breitbart’s Richard Lewis reported that former ESL chairman and current board member Jens Hilger had allegedly influenced the deal by forcing FaZe to increase their offer for the team or face potential bans from ESL competitions, or at the least, receive no invitation to the ESL ESEA pro League. Hilger is also a partial owner of G2 Esports and often works with the organization via his own company, DojoMadness. The company hosts the team in Berlin during the LCS and created the app LoLSumo which often appears in promotional footage for G2.

In September 2015, G2 owner Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez told the Daily Dot he acquired the CS:GO lineup for a “low six-figure transfer fee." Selling at a total of $700,000 certainly ensures a large profit margin on the team.

The team’s best results under G2 included top four finishes at DreamHack Cluj, one of the Valve-endorsed majors, and IEM San Jose. One of the major talking points during their time under G2 was the sale of Adil “Scream” Benrlitom to Titan for a reported $150,000. The team also signed former LGB player Havard “Rain” Nygaard for a rumoured €40,000.

The team failed to produce results towards the end of their time with G2. This included poor performances in the Fragbite Masters round of 16, the ELEAGUE Road to vegas qualifier, and most recently a forfeit loss in the Acer Predator Masters qualifier. Those performances may have been influenced by the behind the scenes negotiations. According to sources close to the team, difficulties surrounding their departure to FaZe could have affected the players morale. Last weekend, during their first full outing for FaZe, the team fell in the group stage of DreamHack Leipzig. But they did show some promise, beating Brazilian Luminosity Gaming in a best-of-one only to lose to the team—which has been on a tear recently in Europe—in a best of three later in the tournament.

ESL did not respond to request for comment by publication time.

Update 9:26am Feb. 4: ESL issued the following statement about this story: "As a member of ESL's board Jens Hilgers acts in an advisory capacity. Executive decisions with regards to ESL's operations, and specifically its leagues and tournaments, are being made by the ESL management."

Photo by Patrick Strack via ESL/Flickr (All rights reserved, used with permission) 

Jan 18 2017 - 10:32 pm

OpTic, Cloud9 join line-up for IEM Katowice

With only half of the CS:GO teams in place, the event is already looking stacked.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Less than two weeks after the first Valve Major of the year, some of the strongest teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be making their way to Katowice for a shot at yet another impressive $250,000 prize pool.

North American elite squads OpTic Gaming and Cloud9 will be joining the previously invited teams at IEM Katowice from March 1-5, ESL announced today. The two North American teams will make an already-stacked event all the more competitive, as reigning Valve Major champions SK Gaming—alongside Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Virtus Pro—have already been invited to attend.

OpTic and Cloud9 shocked the world towards the end of 2016, each taking home one international LAN tournament each. Cloud9's performance was particularly impressive. Their victory at the ESL Pro League Season 4 finals last October was the first international LAN victory for the North American region in nearly 11 years.

While these teams alone make the event stacked, they are only half of the teams that will be competing at IEM Katowice, as 12 teams in total will be fighting for the title. Two more teams are still slated to be invited, while an additional three teams from Europe and one more North American team secure their participation at the event through online qualifiers.

CS:GO is off to a hot start in 2017, and with more skilled teams around than ever before IEM Katowice is looking to become one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Jan 17 2017 - 4:42 pm

Ambitious CS:GO mod aims to capture the spirit of the Wild West

Did someone say Classic Offensive?
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Screengrab via JarroRus/YouTube

Two ambitious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players want to take the game in a whole new direction.

Going by the names Jarro and CTX, this successful modding duo (who have released popular custom maps in the past), are looking at developing a fully functional and expansive add-on centered around the Wild West. This will be based on the foundation of Valve's extremely popular first-person shooter title CS:GO. Complete with brand new features such as combat on horseback as well as larger maps, the two developers have taken to crowdfunding in order to guarantee that CS:GO Western Add-on, as they have dubbed the mod, will be released within the next 6-8 weeks.

While the team's crowdfunding campaign is set at $1,000, Jarre and CTX have also set two other campaign goals at $400 and $700. The first two goals are centered primarily around necessary features such as dedicated servers for constant game testing, and introducing more unique assets and expansive maps to the mod.

If the two developers reach their crowdfunding goals, the mod will be completely free of charge and distributed via the Steam Workshop. Valve encourages enthusiasts and modders to produce their own custom games based off of the company's intellectual property. The most notable example being Counter-Strike itself, which started out as a mod of Valve's inaugural title in the Half-Life franchise.

For the time being, the mod is looking to feature three separate game modes: A standard player vs. player mode, team-based hostage scenarios, and finally a linear game play map featuring cut scenes and co-op game play.

If the wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the second season of Westworld is killing you, the Western Add-on should keep you occupied until then.