North American esports organization 100 Thieves is set to return to Counter-Strike after its exit from the esport in 2018. It was announced via a YouTube video from Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag. Nadeshot showed a small snippet of a meeting discussing the success of CS:GO and why 100 Thieves should return.
“We’re getting a CS:GO team, we’re going to be in CS:GO, 100 Thieves is coming, full force,” CEO Nadeshot said about the move.
The organization recently raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. Nadeshot said that this funding would allow 100 Thieves to move into other esports. For example, Rocket League was mentioned as well as Counter-Strike.
100 Thieves left the esport in 2018 after a series of issues with its team. Firstly, ex-player Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe said “Those sh** you’re talking about, are you sober? Or is it just after you make love to your boyfriend?” to analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields on Twitter. Shortly after, 100 Thieves released kNgV- and the rest of the team. 100T failed to play a single match.
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100 Thieves has been linked with the Danish ex-OpTic roster consisting of Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Ismail “refrezh” Ali, Mathias “MSL” Sommer Lauridsen, Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen, and René "TeSeS" Madsen. This roster was released from OpTic Gaming on after the Immortals Gaming Club takeover (IGC). As IGC also owns MIBR, the Danish roster is pending release due to a conflict of interest.
K0nfig recently posted a tweet which could suggest the signing of a contract, potentially to 100 Thieves.
Update: OpTic coach Casper "ruggah" Due has clarified the tweet by stating that it is unrelated to CS:GO. Journalist Will Land has claimed that the tweet refers to k0nfig passing his motorcycle test or getting his first motorcycle.
However, this move is still unconfirmed.