CPH Wolves and team part ways
Copenhagen Wolves and their CS:GO team have parted ways after the negotiations for next year's contract fell through.
Copenhagen Wolves' squad, who were coming off a 5-8th placement at DreamHack Winter, decided to try their fortunes elsewhere after being unable to reach an agreement with the organization.
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen was a member of CPH Wolves since January
Jehan Nithyanandan, the team's manager, said that the decision was made mutually:
"Today we are announcing that we have departed from the Copenhagen Wolves organisation on mutual terms with the management.
We are grateful for the support we have received from Wolves since joining the organisation in January and appreciate the flexibility they have shown, even during periods of roster instability.
Despite this we were unable to reach an agreement on contract renewal terms that satisfied both parties leading into 2014, a year we feel will see CS:GO flourish as a competitive esports title.
We're confident that we have finally found the right combination of players to become an elite team and welcome any interest from organisations that feel they are capable of helping us to reach this goal.
We would also like to extend to our sincere gratitude towards Jakob Lund Kristensen and Henning Christiansson for providing us with the initial platform to build this team. For the time being we will be playing under the "über G33KZ" name and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Copenhagen Wolves at DreamHack Winter 2013
The team had only recently completed its lineup by bringing back Nicolai "device" Reedtz and adding former Western Wolves star AWPer and last year's member Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen.
That resulted in a strong group stage performance at DreamHack Winter, where they bested Astana Dragons and SK Gaming, but then fell to VeryGames in the quarter-final after a tough three-map battle.
Copenhagen Wolves' CEO, whose organization supported a CS:GO team since September 2012 stated that this was a business decision and that Wolves will instead focus on their LoL team for the near future:
"Today the Copenhagen Wolves wish to announce the discontinuation of our longest tenured division, being Counter-Strike:Global Offensive. Since the birth our organization, Counter-Strike has always been the core of our business, and it is with sadness in our hearts that today say goodbye to a great group of players.
These past days we have been starting the negotiations of a new contract for 2014, but it quickly became apparent that the two parties were far from each other when assessing the value of the team.
We felt that this team already had a deal that reflected their value as potential international powerhouse, this fact mixed with the lack of continuity in the lineup lead us to the conclusion that we were better off a part.
We pride ourselves in running a sustainable business and sometimes you have to make your decisions with the brain and not the heart. This will give us a chance to fully focus on our, hopefully, newly entered LCS League of Legends team and who know, we might be back in CS:GO at some point in 2014.
I wish to extend my gratitude to the team’s manager, Jehan Nithyanandan, who has been the consummate professional over the years and absolute joy to work with and I am sure as long as the team has him to guide them, their future will be bright. We wish them only the best."
über G33KZ have the following five on the lookout for a new organization and can be contacted at email@example.com:
über G33KZ lineup:
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen
Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Aside from Fragbite Masters where the Danes have made it to the top 8 and are awaiting their next opponents, the team is currently taking part in ESEA Invite Season 15 where they occupy 2nd place and are on their way of securing a spot at the $39,500 LAN Finals in Dallas, Texas on January 17-19th.