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Astralis set to part ways with RFRSH Entertainment

Published: 12/Jul/2019 22:57 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 23:23

by Virginia Glaze


Danish esports organizationCS:GO team, will soon operate independently from media company RFRSH Entertainment – but they aren’t the only ones splitting off from the group, either.

Both Astralis and League of Legends brand ‘Origen’ are parting ways with RFRSH, as told by the company’s CEO Nikolaj Nyholm in a statement to HLTV on July 12.

According to Nyholm, Astralis and Origen are currently operating under a new company called ‘RFRSH Teams’ – an organization that will soon go under a different name.

Wikimedia CommonsRFRSH’s Founder and CEO Nikolaj Nyholm claims that Astralis’ move to RFRSH Teams has been in the works for some time.

Nyholm also stated that RFRSH will turn its focus toward “the BLAST Pro Series and other BLAST properties,” claiming that the “truly important parts of the teams’ and the tournaments’ organisations have already been separated” in regards to Astralis and Origen’s split.

Despite this new venture, RFRSH Teams is confident that it will see ample activity and “interest from outside investors,” considering the success of Astralis in CS:GO and Origen’s League of Legends LEC 2019 Spring Playoffs performance.

Astralis, TwitterDenmark’s star CS:GO team is parting ways with RFRSH, moving on to a new company called RFRSH Teams – which will soon go under a different name.

In fact, Nyholm claims that this move with RFRSH Teams has been in the works for some time, admitting that the plan was put into action two years ago.

“Two years ago we spoke about how, after a build-up phase of a model esports team, a tournament operator and a team should not have common ownership,” he said of the development, calling Astralis “a profitable business, unique to the esports ecosystem.”

Thus far, Astralis’ move to RFRSH Teams appears to have been met with relative optimism, with fans and fellow players sounding off on the matter across Twitter.

“TBH I won’t mind it,” one user wrote of the development. “…If the format stays the same as previous majors and teams that are not contracted are invited, then it will be a great event.”

Even Nyholm himself Tweeted about the move, writing, “(RFRSH’s) relationship with BLAST might have tilted them the past months, but RFRSH helped create the Astralis era by investing in their sports performance.”

With both Astralis and Origen having already made a major jump, fans and critics alike are waiting with bated breath to witness how RFRSH Teams will perform moving forward.


Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.