Fans of the organization had speculated that a return to CS:GO could be on the cards after Nadeshot announced their intentions to expand into new titles after raising $35 million in Series B funding.
With 100 Thieves already having a strong presence in League of Legends’ LCS and Call of Duty’s CWL, as well as housing numerous players in popular battle royale titles Fortnite and Apex Legends, CS:GO would seem the most obvious game for the organization to expand into.
In a vlog released on July 18, Nadeshot has now confirmed that 100 Thieves will in fact be looking to move into Valve’s legendary FPS.
After walking into a meeting on the organization’s esports expansions, Nadeshot announced: “This is why I can’t vlog, because nothing we do in here I can ever talk about”, before almost immediately turning to the camera and stating “we’re getting a CS:GO team.”
During a series of clips from the meeting, Rocket League was also mentioned, although it's less clear whether this is a game the organization has plans to move into or is simply keeping an eye on.
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No further details of 100 Thieves’ expansion were revealed, but fans of the organization will undoubtedly be pleased to hear that they intend to move into one of the world’s biggest esports titles.
100 Thieves’ first ill-fated foray into CS:GO came in December 2017, when they signed the Brazillian squad that previously represented Immortals. The project was short-lived, however, as 100 Thieves were ultimately unable to secure visas in time for the ELeague Boston Major that they were due to appear at, and the team departed the organization without ever having played an offline match for them.
While it’s unclear at this time how close 100 Thieves might be to actually signing and announcing a CS:GO team or who they might be targeting, one potential candidate could be the current OpTic Gaming line-up that Immortals Gaming Club, who recently acquired OpTic parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment, are looking to sell.
With Immortals needing to part ways with the team due to the conflict with the Immortals-owned MIBR, the timing would seemingly make sense, especially with star player Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke recently hinting on Twitter that he at least, and perhaps the rest of the team, have signed new contracts.
— Kristian Wienecke (@k0nfigCS) July 18, 2019
100 Thieves recently hired Jacob 'Maelk' Toft-Andersen as VP of Esports, who played a part in building the Danish OpTic line-up in his time as SVP of Operations at Infinite Esports & Entertainment. When asked in an AMA about the possibility of bringing the OpTic CS team over to 100 Thieves, Maelk stated: "It's not impossible."
Given Nadeshot’s relationship with OpTic Gaming and the fact that 100 Thieves have worked with Immortals on a CS:GO team transfer in the past, it certainly seems plausible that this could be 100 Thieves’ avenue back into the game.