CS:GO player smooya hits out at Epsilon Esports, warns players not to join - Dexerto

CS:GO player smooya hits out at Epsilon Esports, warns players not to join

Published: 6/Aug/2019 13:15 Updated: 6/Aug/2019 14:28

by Kamil Malinowski


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield hit out at Epsilon Esports on Twitter, advising players to avoid the organization.

Epsilon Esports are one of the oldest esports organizations in the world, running from 2008, and are best known for their Call of Duty, CS:GO, and FIFA squads. They came under fire in early 2019 after accusations of failing to honor player contracts.


On August 6, the organization announced on Twitter that they are looking to pick up new teams, which was something that ex-Epsilon star smooya chose not to ignore.

Epsilon EsportsSmooya was a key part of Epsilon’s CS:GO squad.

“I’d recommend not joining at all. That goes for everyone!” said the Englishman in response to the announcement from the organization.


The Englishman was a part of Epsilon from 2017-2018, during that time he had some problems with the organization, including contract issues in which the player claimed he had received a massive wage reduction due to being benched, and had an absurdly high buyout that was limiting his ability to leave.

Smooya hits out at Epsilon on Twitter.

Despite his grievances, he remained with Epsilon and appeared to be happy on the team for a few months after that, until his eventual departure to BIG Clan. 

Smooya’s statement comes at a time where players are voicing concerns against the behaviour of teams and organizations. In July, ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas player Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson accused his team of mistreating players, which has since been backed up by other ex-players.


Dexerto have reached out to both Epsilon and Smooya for comment on the matter, and will be sure to update this article if either party responds. 


How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal


German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.


Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.


This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.