NRG Esports CEO Andy Miller explains why they exited CSGO - Dexerto

NRG Esports CEO Andy Miller explains why they exited CSGO

Published: 28/Sep/2019 5:27 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 16:33

by Dustin Steiner


NRG Esports Co-CEO Andy Miller shocked the esports community with the decision to sell his CS:GO team to Evil Geniuses earlier this week. He explained the shock move to Dexerto in an interview at the Overwatch League Grand Finals media day. 

The team’s move shocked many because after so long, the CS:GO squad led by Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz advanced to rank top five on HLTV’s CSGO World Rankings. 

When asked about the decision on September 27, Miller replied that it mostly had to do with the instability of the economics in the CS:GO space, along with other investments the team made, most notably the Chicago Call of Duty slot.

“The problem for us was not the team, it’s the Counter-Strike space,” Miller told Dexerto. “It’s a bit unstructured and extremely expensive now, and as you’re seeing with some of the rosterpalooza going on, and other folks that have verbally (in a grandiose way) said they’re going to enter the space but don’t have teams, salaries are getting jacked up. Honestly, I think it’s just bad business for an organization right now, unfortunately.” 

Igor Bezborodov/StarLadderNRG Esports’ CSGO squad is now suited up for Evil Geniues after shock team sale.

NRG has been busy on their own end, aside from selling the team, as their Overwatch League franchise has made the Grand Finals in their second year. 

That, alongside their commitments to picking up a brand new roster in Call of Duty, made it difficult to compete with these new entities entering Counter-Strike. These include teams like 100 Thieves, who are building from scratch, alongside existing organizations that are gutting their current rosters like CompLexity

The CSGO scene has been in upheaval as both BLAST Pro Series and ESL have attempted to launch versions of an exclusive league or circuit, utilizing restrictive league rules to prevent teams from playing in other events. 

Valve later said that they would limit this by not offering licenses to these organizations whose goal was to shut out the other operators in the space, but Miller elaborated that this was not what ultimately made up their mind.

“We actually made our decision just before Valve made their announcement about exclusivity,” the NRG owner said. “But we could see that there were a couple of leagues that were going to start up, some you had to pay for, ESL was trying to do something, BLAST was trying to do something.

“Players wanted to get as much as they can right now, as they should, that’s what they do for a living, but as an org that made it really tough.”

Ultimately, NRG may have departed the game, but they hope that they built a lasting legacy that Evil Geniuses and their leadership at Peak6 can run with. 

“We love the game, we love the fans, we loved our team,” Miller said. “We hope and pray they win everything.”

It looks like Miller’s prayers might be paying off so far. The now-Evil Geniuses roster is playing at ESL One New York this weekend, where they took down defending Major champs Astralis in the group stage 2-0 on Friday.


How to complete CSGO Operation Broken Fang Week 1 missions

Published: 4/Dec/2020 1:33

by Andrew Amos


Operation Broken Fang is here, and that means heaps of new CS:GO content. If you want to make the most out of it though, and try and get that Diamond coin, you’ll want to complete the weekly missions. When better than to start in Week 1?

Christmas has come early for CS:GO players. Operation Broken Fang has dropped over a year after Operation Shattered Web started, and it’s brought a bevy of new content.

Seven new maps, nearly 100 skins, an entirely new game mode in Retakes, and even more. The best way to get your hands all over this though is through the battle pass and weekly missions.

The battle pass will set you back around $15 USD, but it’s worth it if you are going to grind the game. Plus, it’ll also give you access to the weekly missions, which are the best way to experience the new content.

Operation Broken Fang shop in CS:GO
You’ll need to complete the weekly missions to get some of the sweet Broken Fang rewards.

CSGO Operation Broken Fang Week 1 missions

While you don’t need the battle pass to play the missions, you’ll be duly rewarded for doing them. In Week 1, it’s all about new content.

Players will be taken to the new maps in Engage, Frostbite, and Ancient ⁠— dashing across multiple game modes. You’ll also be tasked with testing out the new retakes gamemode ⁠— a brilliant way to finesse your play before hitting the competitive queues.

There’s also the mysterious Under The Hood mission, where you have to find what the Phoenix are up to. Here’s the full list of missions for Week 1, which can net you up to 19 stars.

  • Premium Unleaded: Win rounds in Broken Fang Premier.
    • 7 rounds: 1 star
    • 15 rounds: 2 stars
    • 20 rounds: 3 stars
  • Manual Transmission: Win rounds in Competitive: Engage.
    • 7 rounds: 1 star
    • 15 rounds: 2 stars
    • 20 rounds: 3 stars
  • Mass Production: Get 25 kills in Guardian: Engage. 2 stars.
  • Under The Hood: The Phoenix have been spotted! Find out what they’re planning. 2 stars.
  • Warming Up: Get AK47, M4A4, or M4A1-S kills in Casual: Ancient.
    • 7 rounds: 1 star
    • 15 rounds: 2 stars
    • 20 rounds: 3 stars
  • Clutch Control: Win rounds in Retakes.
    • 3 rounds: 1 star
    • 7 rounds: 2 stars
    • 10 rounds: 3 stars
  • Ice & Snow, Take It Slow: Get kills in Danger Zone: Frostbite.
    • 2 kills: 1 star
    • 4 kills: 2 stars
    • 6 kills: 3 stars
CSGO gameplay
Frostbite is the new Danger Zone map released in CS:GO. Even if you don’t like the battle royale typically, you’ll have to give it a try for this week’s missions.

You have until December 10 to complete these missions, so get in quick before they run out!