What do you do when you can’t decide on a player to fill out your professional Counter-Strike team? Make an open request for resumes.
The change followed a disappointing performance by Counter Logic Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team at the latest ESEA global finals event. Since the move, CLG has worked with such notable free agents as Mohamed “Moe” Assad. But the team has now decided to post an open application for interested players.
The application mentions such requirements as strong communicative ability and being able to work well with others. These are undoubtedly good qualities to look for in a potential recruit, but it’s more than a little strange to see one of the world’s biggest esports organizations making an open call for those interested in filling a slot on the resident Counter-Strike team.
The most notable line in the application is the last, which specifies that players from all regions are invited to apply. This is likely meant for interested European players considering making the jump across the Atlantic.
Such a move does have recent precedent. Jacob “Pyth” Mourujarvi recently immigrated to the United States to play with Luminosity Gaming, who also recruited Gurney following his official release from CLG.
It’s likely to be a tempting offer for those in a position to apply. CLG can offer an established and professional brand, and the organization already competes in the world’s premier Counter-Strike leagues, from the new ESL ESEA Pro League to CEVO and Faceit’s top leagues. So while the approach may seem a strange one, it’s quite possible that the result could be the recruitment of a more capable player than CLG could otherwise have picked up.