Bad news for all 100Thieves fans. The North American organization will withdraw from the CS:GO scene and dismiss the existing lineup.
No more 100Thieves CS:GO team! As the North American organization announced, they will no longer have a lineup in Valve's first-person shooter. In a Twitter post, CEO Matthew "nadeshot" Haag addressed the community and announced the reasons for the decision.
It is with a heavy heart we announce that 100 Thieves will be exiting CS:GO. pic.twitter.com/cJqKk5Vvwp— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) October 12, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic and Visa Problems
The reason for this sudden decision is the many problems that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought. For example, the current esports scene is mainly concentrated on the European continent, which presents the Los Angeles-based organization with too many logistical difficulties. This is already the second time that 100Thieves has abandoned a CS:GO lineup due to travel issues.
Currently, the lineup is still playing at the IEM New York Online NA and is even ranked first in their group. But it will be the last tournament for the guys around Aaron "AZR" Ward. In his tweet, nadeshot emphasized that there were no competitive reasons behind the step taken and wished the team good luck for the future. The players also reacted with understanding.
Nothing but love for @100Thieves, the best org I have ever been a part of. Proud to say that I have played for you guys, best of luck in the future!— jkaem (@jkaem) October 12, 2020
A New Organization With the Same Lineup?
As far as the future of the lineup is concerned, nothing is yet known. As a skilled team, the now former 100Thieves players are currently ranked 14th in the world. The team consists of the following players:
- Aaron "AZR" Ward
- Justin "jks" Savage
- Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad
- Jay "Liazz" Tregilgas
- Sean "Free Action" Kaiwai
Another organization could thus secure a complete and well-established lineup. Since no well-known organization is currently looking for a team, this is unlikely.
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