Hastr0 Explains Why Team Envy Dropped Its French CS:GO Teams and Hints at Future Plans in the Space

Ross Deason
DreamHack / Team Envy

Team Envy’s CEO, Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail, has released a statement to explain why the organization has decided to release all of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players.

The news that Envy is cutting ties with its various CS:GO players, including the Envy Academy roster, comes as little surprise to the community after over a year of poor results.

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The players on the main roster, such as Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom and Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey, have also been hinting towards major issues internally, and with the organization itself, for a number of months.

Envy had a great deal of success in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after entering the scene in 2015, including winning the DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 Major. However, results gradually declined and numerous roster changes were not enough to bring new life to the team.

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In the announcement video about the team’s disbandment, Hastr0 explained that Envy’s Dallas headquarters being so far removed from the players in France had been a major factor in the issues. He also revealed that Envy will be looking to acquire a North American team as a replacement.

“I want the fans to know that this is not a complete exit for Team Envy from Counter-Strike. We’re actually hoping that we can find another roster that we can work better with, here locally in Dallas and support hopefully here in North America.

So not a complete exit from Counter-Strike: GO. Still wanting to definitely compete in the game and support the scene like we have done for years.”

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In the official press release, Hastr0 also stated that he will fondly remember the time that he spent travelling around France with the original Envy rosters, and thanked the players and fans for their support through the years.

“We have enjoyed working with each and every player, coach and manager involved with the Envy CS:GO and Academy teams in Europe these last four years. A piece of our heart will always be with the players and fans in France that helped us grow the popularity of competitive Counter-Strike across the globe. I am extremely proud of our teams’ accomplishments and wish our players nothing but success as they find homes with other CS:GO organizations.”

The former Team Envy and Envy Academy CS:GO players are:

Team Envy:

  • Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom
  • Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey
  • Ali ‘hAdji’ Haïnouss
  • Vincent ‘Happy’ Schopenhauer
  • Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy
  • Alexandre ‘xms’ Forté

Envy Academy:

  • Lambert ‘Lambert’ Prigent
  • Audric ‘JaCkz’ Jug
  • Julien ‘PetitSkel’ Marcantoni
  • Christophe ‘SIXER’ Xia