100 Thieves owner and founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag tweeted Friday that his org will be coming back to operating a CS:GO team.
“We are flying to Berlin next week for the conclusion of the Major with a goal of signing players that are hungry to build a winning legacy here with 100 Thieves,” Haag wrote.
This would be the second time 100T are involved with CS:GO, after their previous venture blew up without playing a single match. In December 2017, 100T signed the former roster of Immortals, headlined by Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe and the Teles brothers Henrique “HEN1” Teles and Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles. After an altercation on Twitter with journalist Duncan “Thorin” Shields, kNg was ultimately released from the team. The rest of the squad shortly followed, after 100T couldn’t secure visas to attend the Boston Major.
“Those shit you’re talking about, are you sober? or is it just after you make love to your boyfriend”, kNg then wrote in a now-deleted Tweet.
Now, Haag seems committed to re-enter the scene, sign a new squad and leave the bad memories from the Brazilian fiasco behind him. And what better place to scout for talent than CS:GO’s crown event?
A CS:GO squad will also be a fit expansion for 100 Thieves, after the org recently announced that it won’t be involved with Call of Duty’s franchised league in 2020. In a video announcement, Haag brought up the huge buy-ins Activision-Blizzard are asking for the league — reported $25M, which is a larger number than 100T are willing, or able, to pay.
“For those buyers, the $25 million expenditure is a way of doubling down on Activision Blizzard and trust in that company’s CEO, Bobby Kotick,” ESPN said. “If you’re Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Minnesota Vikings chairman Zygi Wilf or the New York Mets’ Wilpon family, $25 million is a drop in the bucket. But if you’re 100 Thieves, that’s a huge investment–one that could make or break your startup in the future–and it’s arguable if the reward outweighs the risk.”
100T also released their APEX Legends roster this Tuesday, likely due to the rapid decline of the game’s popularity. With CoD and APEX gone, CS:GO is a good fit to fill the FPS void left in the organization.