After picking up a Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster around a month ago, North American organization 100 Thieves has already parted ways with the team.
“We are disappointed that the efforts from 100 Thieves and our CS:GO players didn’t take off,” the organization wrote in an announcement on Twitter today. The roster consisted primarily of players who had previously competed on Immortals—and were similarly dropped from that organization in dramatic fashion last year.
This is just the latest in a series of seemingly self-inflicted setbacks the players have experienced in 2018, with 100 Thieves saying the players’ removal was due to problems with the roster and persistent visa issues. The squad had to forfeit its participation, as well as its Legend status, at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston on Jan. 13 due to being unable to enter the U.S. Additionally, the roster’s departure from 100 Thieves came only six days after the squad’s infamous AWPer Vito “kNg” Giuseppe was removed from the team due to inappropriate behavior.
100 Thieves seems uncertain of its future within the CS:GO space, with the press release saying that it will “take a step back from CS:GO for the 2018 season.” The organization is still looking towards expanding into various other esports. Whether or not this means CS:GO will be completely out of the question is uncertain, but after this expensive mishap it may not seem likely.
For the former 100 Thieves team things appear even more dire. The squad no longer retains its Legend spot in the Valve Major circuit—meaning they will have to re-qualify if they wish to compete in CS:GO’s most prestigious event. The volatile nature of the players themselves may also see organizations approach the players with some apprehension.