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Nadeshot reveals plans for 100 Thieves CS:GO return

Published: 19/Jul/2019 9:07 Updated: 19/Jul/2019 11:30

by Joe O'Brien

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100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has confirmed that the organization is looking to make a return to CS:GO.

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.

100 Thieves100 Thieves are looking to expand into new esports following their recent round of funding.

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.

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.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.