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European esports organization OG Esports is allegedly entering the CSGO scene with a roster of star players, according to a report from French website 1pv. The organization is mainly known for its Dota 2 team and is also easily identifiable by the Red Bull logo featured on its logo. The back-to-back The International champions will reportedly recruit former Team Vitality player Nathan “NBK” Schmitt and former ENCE in-game leader Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen to head its CSGO roster.
The report mentioned sources that said OG Esports would enter CSGO for the first time with the signing of NBK and Aleksib. The other players on the roster include SJ Gaming player Elias “Jampp”’ Olkkonen, NORTH Esports player Valdemar “Valde” Bjørn Vangså, and benched HellRaisers player Issa “ISSAA” Mura.
The report also describes how it is likely the players were more interested in the offer of the prestigious Dota 2 organization compared to North American esports organization 100 Thieves. OG Esports was founded by Johan “n0tail” Sundstein in August 2015, as the new team of the former (monkey) Business Dota 2 roster. With N0tail still on the roster, the team has gone on to several 1st place finishes since its creation.
Shortly after 1pv’s report, NBK tweeted out the equivalent of “what the f*ck”.
Mitä vittua ?
— Nathan Schmitt (@NBK) October 5, 2019
One reason why the players may prefer OG Esports over 100 Thieves is OG’s winning history with Dota 2. To succeed in such a competitive environment as Dota 2, which holds the largest prize pools in esports, the organization must be supported by a great coaching staff.
While Aleksib and NBK would also factor in financials during their choice, the greater possibility of winning at CSGO events probably trumps the other aspects. Despite earlier reports by DeKay that 100 Thieves were most likely signing the two, do you think OG Esports can propel this supposed team to the top? Let us know what you think, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your CSGO coverage.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.