Chaos Esports Club is looking to transfer its CS:GO players to another organization and potentially exit the scene, according to a report by Jarek Dekay Lewis for DBLTAP.
Despite being one of the top North American teams, Chaos’ decision to leave CS:GO comes at the direction of the team’s investors. Shortly after the report, Chaos’ CS:GO roster won the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: North American tournament after defeating Triumph with a 3-1 score.
Steel retired from Professional Counter-Strike to join 100Thieves VALORANT roster. Image Credit: DreamHack’s Flickr.
The organization will remain invested in esports, although they might not stay in CS:GO. Chaos Esports Club entered CS:GO in 2018, then with a Swedish CS:GO roster. Known as Digital Chaos, the team quickly rebranded to just Chaos. However, the organization is most well-known for its North American CS:GO roster featuring former IBuyPower player, John ‘Nissan’ Steel.
The current year has been a very successful time for the players. The team reached the finals of ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online North America and DreamHack Open Summer 2020: North America. Shortly after these successes, Steel retired from professional CS:GO to join 100 Thieves’ VALORANT roster. As a former IBP CS:GO player, Steel cannot participate in Valve-sponsored CS:GO Majors. The team used substitute players in their Major qualifiers, but the team was at its best with the full roster.
North American esports has seen a drastic shift in the past few years. While CS:GO and Dota 2, the biggest games have seen a gradual decline with organizations pulling out investments from the region. The high salaries and player-demands are usually the biggest reasons for these decisions.
As esports continues to grow globally, many feel CS:GO salaries are a bubble waiting to burst. The high salaries in North American CS:GO make esports business in North America unsustainable.
Dota 2 faces a similar problem in North America. In fact, the best North American Dota 2 team does not have a team to represent. CS:GO going the same way, points to potential problems in North American esports, which is partly due to the high cost of living in the country.
With most of the biggest game developers from North America, esports won’t ever completely die from the region. However, a correction is inevitable if players and organizations are to continue their growth trajectory.
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