Selfless Gaming Releases CSGO Team; Pulls out of Counter-Strike

by Steven Cropley

It was announced today that Selfless Gaming has released its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in its entirety. The organization started with a CS:GO squad back in February of 2016 after the roster played under the Enemy banner.

"After the recent player transactions, and after careful consideration of the status of the team, our recent results, and the overall marketplace, we have decided to release our CS:GO team," organization owner, former professional player, and coach, Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa said in the announcement on the organization's website

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(Photo: Selfless / DreamHack)

The Selfless Gaming CS:GO team has seen struggles, mostly including its inability to keep talent once it matures under the organization. The first player to leave the wing of Selfless Gaming for a bigger organization was Kenneth "koosta" Suen who made his way to Team Liquid before being traded to Counter Logic Gaming where he now plays. Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte was later sold and transferred to NRG Esports as he began to draw more attention and lead the scoreboard for Selfless.

Just recently Selfless brought in Alec "Slemmy" White but he quickly made his way elsewhere, as he was transferred to compLexity. Around the same time it was revealed that long-time member Noah "Nifty" Francis would be heading to the Detroit Renegades CS:GO to help the majority Australian lineup fill its two empty spots.

Always looking to increase the legitimacy of esports as a whole and treat the professional level players as legitimate athletes, Ryu took a chance to call out organizations for failing to help foster a more professional environment. " All of our players have been released of their contracts and will be paid a severance, which we included in our player contracts (lots of other orgs don’t, by the way)," he said.

Although Selfless is out, for now, Ryu did not rule out the possibility of a return, "In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor the CS:GO marketplace and see if there are any opportunities that make sense, and go from there."

The now former Selfless players will have control of the Pro League spot for the remainder of the season.

The roster currently holding the ESL Pro League spot:

Christopher "cJ" Jones
 Jake "kaboose" McDonald
 Coby "dizzywi" Meadows
 Caio "zqkS" Fonseca