SK release CS:GO team

July 4th, 2014 11:14

SK Gaming have announced that they have parted ways with their CS:GO division and that the organisation will not be looking to pick up a new team.

The decision comes as a huge surprise as SK had given a good account of themselves at DreamHack Summer, where they beat fnatic and London Conspirancy en route to the last-eight stage, where they were defeated by HellRaisers.

Shortly after the event, SK were left with a four-man roster as Faruk "pita" Pita decided to retire from gaming to take on a full-time job at a Swedish bank.

SK came in 5th-8th at DH Summer 

Since then, the team had been trialling several players, most recently Marcus "Delpan" Larsson, with whom they secured a place in the ESL One European finals via the North qualifier.

Everything seemed to be on track for the team, but SK announced today that they decided against renewing the players' contract.

 SK Gaming is currently not looking to pick up another team or any individual players and are therefore opting out of competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the time being.

We at SK Gaming wish the best of luck to the entire team - these are some great guys and personalities with a bright future ahead of them. Big shout-outs also to our fans, who supported us both offline and online during this endeavour. We have been and currently are looking into other opportunities and will hopefully have some promising announcements coming up soon.

"SK Gaming is currently not looking to pick up another team or any individual players and are therefore opting out of competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the time being," an SK statement read.

"We at SK Gaming wish the best of luck to the entire team - these are some great guys and personalities with a bright future ahead of them.

"Big shout-outs also to our fans, who supported us both offline and online during this endeavour.

"We have been and currently are looking into other opportunities and will hopefully have some promising announcements coming up soon."

For now, it remains to be seen whether the team will remain together and try to find the support of a new organisation.

SK were last seen with:

Sweden Mikail "eksem" Bill
Sweden Joel "emilio" Mako
Sweden Alexander "SKYTTEN" Carlsson
Sweden Fredrik "Roque" Honak 
Sweden Marcus "Delpan" Larsson

2014-07-04 11:25
2014-07-04 11:25
2014-07-04 11:25
SK wanted TOP1 or disband. so bad organization, fail in CS:GO
2014-07-04 11:25
atleast they have been TOP1 in cs 1.6 for a very long time
2014-07-04 11:27
They were, once upon a time.
2014-07-04 11:29
2001-2006 pretty much :p
2014-07-04 16:12
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
2012 too, or whatever year it was when they had f0rest, gtr, and face
2014-07-05 22:06
they were for a bit but they have no patience
2014-07-05 18:45
would you throw money at a team that cant bring any income ? If so, make a org and support these guys until they are top1
2014-07-04 12:04
why did they pick them up ? wtf
2014-07-04 12:16
and how many tourneys attended under SK name? every team needs some time to find the right balance and coordination...SK was shit org and still is
2014-07-04 12:22
It's the worst possible moment to release a team, the line-up qualified for the ESL Cologne European finals, and they showed encouraging results a few weeks ago... SK already did that kind of thing with a previous line-up in CS:GO, they only look at short term, they'll never achieve anything with that kind of mentality. I'm glad they choose not to continue CS:GO, no team needs an organization like that.
2014-07-04 12:29
cyx | 
Bangladesh Stoffi 
I could not agree more.
2014-07-04 20:20
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
2014-07-05 09:30
Singapore Nephalith 
Saw this coming from a mile away. Everything SK does post-bds era is a joke. So much for #SK Believe. lel
2014-07-04 12:49
To be fair, this time pita played 1 tournament then left, kind of messed up
2014-07-04 15:11
now br team will disband because no top 1
2016-10-24 21:19
cool beans
2014-07-04 11:25
lol SK ara just play around with poeple getting team then release
2014-07-04 13:09
2014-07-04 11:25
fucking read this 2 mins ago. everyone backing out from this game? i mean wtf?
2014-07-04 11:25
Because the game is complete shit.
2014-07-04 11:34
meh, probably. i don't like go like i used to love 1.6, but still.
2014-07-04 11:52
Hungary v11K 
wtf are you doing on this site then lol
2014-07-04 12:08
Because CS:GO is the best FPS that I know of at the moment. It's still complete shit which is really sad. I'm waiting for Unreal Tournament 4 and beg to the nonexistent gods that it'll be good.
2014-07-08 03:34
Oh! 2 event with $250,000 prize pool with make fps players to play CSGO even if it shits to haters like you. At least it's growing even though not all players are happy about the game itself.
2014-07-04 12:25
Denmark kozality 
3* But I totally agree.
2014-07-04 15:52
Faster then ReasoN disband with CadiaN.
2014-07-04 11:25
Finland kimi__ 
2014-07-04 13:30
well done SK...
2014-07-04 11:26
sk trolling
2014-07-04 11:26
Denmark fyhn 
Can't really do anything else than laugh about this :D
2014-07-04 11:26
2014-07-04 11:26
United States Bibby 
twist/cype make team to SK
2014-07-04 11:26
that the organisation will not be looking to pick up a new team.
2014-07-04 11:29
SK, serious organization lol
2014-07-04 11:27
Oh SK, you are such a failure.
2014-07-04 11:27
fury | 
Europe urv1 
2014-07-04 11:27
Poland MJP 
expected , SK was playing purly and org is not this same aswel
2014-07-04 11:27
2014-07-04 11:27
2014-07-04 11:28
2014-07-04 11:28
Sweden usee 
Well that was fast.
2014-07-04 11:29
this is even worse than 3daysmax
2014-07-04 11:29
SK on cs:go is just not good enough.
2014-07-04 11:30
Hungary ayeitsastro 
What a trustful orga... /sarcasm off
2014-07-04 11:31
sk with f0rest gtr delpan face robbaN lost several times to esc in grand finals not counting the losses against the line dk/Swedish fnatic ... before the end of cs 1.6 : )
2014-07-04 11:32
Don't forget about how many times Na`Vi defeated them...
2014-07-04 12:33
theyve won their share against esc and navi and fnatic lol
2014-07-04 14:19
2014-07-04 11:32
Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
This is odd... I thought SK only hires/keeps teams for the big tournaments and wasn't interested in CSGO otherwise. It's surprising me a little bit that they will not be picking up a new team. Edit : I wish for this new lineup - eksem - IGL Delpan - AWP/Entry fragger pyth - rifle/roleplayer twist - rifle/secondary awp schneider - lurker
2014-07-04 11:38
SK seems so unserious when they just pick up and drop teams like that
2014-07-04 11:33
+1 million
2014-07-04 23:05
what a joke
2014-07-04 11:34
Hungary lemusz 
crappy orga
2014-07-04 11:34
Japan mameloff 
LoooooooooooL stop fucking around. we know SK is already dead.
2014-07-04 11:36
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
this one
2014-07-04 12:09
Typical SK. SK is one of the worst organisations through the whole CS era.
2014-07-04 11:37
Yup, disgusting organisation. Hope the team find a better one, they looked very promising on Dreamhack.
2014-07-04 11:41
so much for emilios progaming career. It's not like they had a chance to threaten top teams anyway.
2014-07-04 11:39
lol, clueless. Emilio and Maikelele were basically carrying them throughout DHS. He was also featured as one of the top 5 entry fraggers during groupstage, where only Byali, Snax and Flusha had a higher rank in the group of death.
2014-07-05 00:20
shit org , not a big loss
2014-07-04 11:40
lolwtf :D
2014-07-04 11:41
Sk once again dissapoints its csgo fans
2014-07-04 11:41
2014-07-04 11:41
NEO | 
Russia melelele 
WTF???? eksem to fnatic
2014-07-04 11:45
2014-07-04 11:47
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
some pointless comment by a brainless kid 0.103/10
2014-07-04 12:10
Lucky for them that they got a new org tho :)
2014-07-04 11:48
No offence but you kids are pretty retarded. ( reason why its not worth FPS any more ) (History of SK they are the biggest just like Man Utd) Without SK CS:GO is really struggling. Most organizations playing CS still isn't profitable. I'm sorry it's the truth. SK is one of if not biggest orgs ever in competitive fps/moba/rts. To think they are shit you're either not thinking logically or you're just plain dumb and don't realize esports left FPS behind about 3 years ago. They are pretty restricted and considering of how much of a loss they would run at not having the #1 side in CS:GO they are making nothing.
2014-07-04 11:52
2014-07-04 11:50
35k Guaranteed for each player on LCS per SEASON good luck fielding a CS GO team who want travel / expenses paid now a days.
2014-07-04 11:54
Uhm that's just because that shit game is the most populair (eSport) right now and CS isn't, also without riot LoL would be dead for a long time....
2014-07-04 11:57
LoL wouldn't exist without Riot -_- Though there is no lie that Riot has thrown much money into the e-sport part of the game, compared to Valve, though Valve seems to be helping a few tournaments now a days. The issue is, CS:GO teams expect just as much as League of Legends teams, making CS:GO a hard scene to move into due to how expensive it is, and how much you get back from it.
2014-07-04 12:29
Yeah I meant if riot didn't support LoL like they do now ;).
2014-07-04 13:10
This so much
2014-07-04 11:51
"On June 23, following a disappointing Dreamhack appearance, SK Gaming's League of Legends team underwent a massive overhaul, removing the vast majority of the squad" also this describes why SK is pretty shitty, after one dissapointment they need roster changes.
2014-07-04 11:58
That news is old as fuck what the hell.
2014-07-07 12:45
It's an example that they change team after the got one result which isn't top 3, calling me clueless, LOL.
2014-07-07 14:25
Yeah better support a shit-tier team in a small game. Happens all the time in eSports and it is not just SK.
2014-07-07 16:35
Small game? Haha it's not, it's like the 3rd or 4th eSport and atleast those other orgs don't drop their teams after 2 weeks and ex-SK isn't a shit team at all...
2014-07-07 17:49
Well it was quite a shit team if you can't make it through the qualifiers for DreamHack. You even know the line-up they had?
2014-07-07 19:03
They actually came 8th place, which is pretty nice already.
2014-07-07 19:42
I am talking about their LoL squad.
2014-07-07 21:17
Oh I thought the GO squad :p
2014-07-07 21:23
You're quite clueless my friend.
2014-07-07 12:51
2014-07-04 12:33
"Without SK CS:GO is really struggling" You clearly haven't bothered to research the growth figures of CS:GO over the past year or so, since valve started backing it. I'm going to guess you played 1.6 and want nothing more than to see CS:GO fail.
2014-07-04 13:09
2014-07-04 13:30
2014-07-04 11:51
CS:GO is not the problem. SK is the problem. Either dedicate to a game and stick to a decision or don't support it all. Great way to show how unprofessional your organisation is.
2014-07-04 11:53
2014-07-04 11:54
Slovenia mejo 
SK is a joke, why do people even bother joining that orga
2014-07-04 11:55
Croatia VuKA 
SK is big joke !
2014-07-04 11:59
We dont fucking care about SK, anymore.
2014-07-04 12:00
ropz | 
France trgls 
disband next
2014-07-04 12:03
Denmark qwedsa 
no money, no honey
2014-07-04 12:03
2014-07-04 12:04
26.05.2014 - 04.07.2014 RIP
2014-07-04 12:05
hahahah best orga ever hahahah
2014-07-04 12:06
They should have realized their lineup wasn't going to be top 1 instantly, as teams require time. It seems to me that SK either wants an all in top 1 or nothing at all to consider CS:GO worth their time. The truth may be far from what I am claiming, but that's how it looks to me.
2014-07-04 12:07
Agreed. It looks exactly like that. And if they really wanted a top team they should have gone hunting for some more established top tier teams. As you mentioned, a team needs time to establish themselves. I wonder tho, if this was something pita knew before he left and therefore, some of the reason behind his exit.
2014-07-04 12:29
SK is shit organization nowadays
2014-07-04 15:44
Estonia rYm 
so SKish
2014-07-04 12:11
Well done SK... If they were expecting them to win everything they shouldn't have picked them up in the first place. With time they could've done great, but to expect instant results was just stupid (if that was the problem). Really goes to show what kind of organisation SK is. Just like how they were fiddling with players salaries back in the days.
2014-07-04 12:12
Eksem Delpan Pyth/Cype Twist/SKYTTEN Schneider
2014-07-04 12:15
Austria db42 
LGB picks them up kappa
2014-07-04 12:19
Good luck finding a future good team that will play for your badly run organisation SK. You're quickly destroying any prestige your brand use to hold.
2014-07-04 12:21
nice, more orgas follow pls. 1.6 AWESOME CUMBACK.
2014-07-04 12:20
Not surprising, paying salaries to a CS:GO team is not exactly profitable.
2014-07-04 12:24
Sk what are u doing? They created new team, every months. :D
2014-07-04 12:27
India anxF 
SK worst organization. GeT_RiGhT and f0rest lrft SK bcuz the organization didnt wanted to send the team to GameGune 2012. . Though am glad that happen and GTR -f0rest joined NiP.
2014-07-04 12:29
I hope that Maikelele and Skytten will find a new gaming! GL in future boys!
2014-07-04 12:30
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Probably the worst organisation.
2014-07-04 12:30
nice Delpan :) they will find good organization
2014-07-04 12:36
2014-07-04 12:35
SK is a huge joke and has always been (as an organisation).
2014-07-04 12:36
United Kingdom jMz86 
I was just about to say that SK are a bit of a joke too, I preferred CS:GO when SK were not around if I am being honest.
2014-07-04 12:42
2014-07-04 13:46
2014-07-04 12:40
SK believe
2014-07-04 12:40
Delpan :(
2014-07-04 12:40
such a joke, #skbelieve
2014-07-04 12:45
He left the pita, but when you enter the Delpan think the SK grow stronger because SK had not a good player AWP and Delpan is the best in the world AWPs. GL & hfhfhfhfhhf ##SK BELIEVE :D
2014-07-04 12:49
2014-07-04 12:47
eksem RoQuE twist Delpan SKYTTEN/cype
2014-07-04 12:47
2 fast,2 furious hahaha
2014-07-04 12:51
well, that lasted long. a month?
2014-07-04 12:52
Seriously... SK has serious problems.
2014-07-04 12:52
oh another one of these, hhow long till they get back to the scene again?
2014-07-04 12:53
I'm not surprised sadly, typical SK move :P
2014-07-04 12:54
eksem skytten emilio twist dennis
2014-07-04 12:55
In future Swedish can do 100- pro teams without problems. This country is full with good players :)
2014-07-04 12:55
pita emilio delpan, these guys cant be in a team for more than 2 months
2014-07-04 13:03
Stupid org. Dont need to see them any time soon.
2014-07-04 13:06
Bring in Lolpan... aaaand the team is gone
2014-07-04 13:07
Get rekt
2014-07-04 13:16
Germany Bongskie 
2014-07-04 13:18
This is just plain retarded. They did great at dh considering the bracket they were put into and I expected them to land top 4 at esl one. Oh well hopefully they stick together as a team and find a serious org.
2014-07-04 13:18
Well our journey with SK-Gaming has come to an end. And for those of you guys who dont have a brain big enough to realise that the team is NOT disbanded. I can gladly tell you, that we are still a team, and we are not going anywhere! BIG NEWS COMING SOON! Thanks for support, and dont forget to BELIEVE... in US that's what they say on Facebook. they will not dispand, they will find an organisation and then they will kick ass
2014-07-05 01:36
Good, now they just need to decide on a fifth. I hope they get Delpan.
2014-07-05 10:09
What do you expect after picking a bunch of nonamers? Fame? 1st places?
2014-07-04 13:18
Sorry, But when you say nonamers u clearly havn't watched csgo.
2014-07-04 16:47
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
SK always did this after the HeatoN era. Once a new lineup didn't win gold, they ditched their team. Happened so many times. SK just aren't a good organization anymore, and I don't think they have / know what it takes to back a team in GO.
2014-07-04 13:25
SK such a joke. :D
2014-07-04 13:33
shame :/
2014-07-04 13:35
pathetic SK as always
2014-07-04 13:36
ANGE1 | 
Russia monte:) 
Now its a big chance to make an awesome roster: eksem Delpan SKYTTEN twist Schneider
2014-07-04 13:37
SK worst organisation ever...
2014-07-04 13:38
India c0rvus 
SK never took GO seriously
2014-07-04 13:50
SK wants a top 3 team but they never give their lineup a chance to improve after failed events... Don't even know what to say to them.
2014-07-04 13:53
Now I get why ex-LGB didn't want to get picked up by SK
2014-07-04 13:54
best org, stay in league of cancer and fuck off
2014-07-04 14:04
extremly nice
2014-07-04 14:05
really fuck sk, hope they won't pick up anymore any team on csgo scene.
2014-07-04 14:06
So if they wanted a top team why didn't they pick ex-lgb? (before they disbanded completely) Unless they had some disagreements which I don't really see a reason to have to..
2014-07-04 14:15
Germany lpSykl 
So predictble haha SK is dead in CSGO ...
2014-07-04 14:18
they just aren't profitable and they don't have a concept how to get there in CS:GO which means they have bad management. Bye SK, no one will miss you.
2014-07-04 14:19
No team for schneider, LOL
2014-07-04 14:19
Sweden shirre 
Seriously? SK does it again.. SK has been total shit since bds left the organisation and I really don't understand why they continue. Just give up already.
2014-07-04 14:30
SK having money problems again? Just go bankrupt already pls
2014-07-04 14:47
2014-07-04 14:50
ShitKlan-Gaming here we come.
2014-07-04 15:00
Hungary Bonkheads 
-roque + pyth, amazing team!
2014-07-04 15:06
2014-07-04 15:14
That's the reason emil 'Heaton' opened NiP again as a manager, he knew how shit the organizations treats the players from his past experience and decided to do it differently.
2014-07-04 15:15
i agree, sk struggling heavily without bds's efforts
2014-07-04 15:21
what a terrible org. hopefully eksem and his team will find a new org, because they look promising.
2014-07-04 15:21
Right move from SK-Gaming. There is no point to hold a CS:GO team. In CS:GO prize pools are low and it means that there is no profit for the SK-Gaming. Some guys can point out $250k tournament, but who believe in eksem and his team that they can win this tournament? Max top5 and there is no money. < Pointless. :-/ Organization better use this budget for another games; dota2, sc2, lol. And dont blame organization, blame the game. :)
2014-07-04 15:37
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal antCB 
if you have a team for 2 months and decide to drop them after 1 tournament, you're doing a bad job.
2014-07-04 23:21
You realize that you don't have to have a winning team to make profit from them.
2014-07-07 13:00
Ukraine petruska 
gj SK,you can take ex-LGB end easy be top5,but not you take bad mix,omly becouse Pita creat project with this Balkan!maby you take one more mix-fun team?End pls don t take Delpan he is bad,he have legendary name,but in this game he have only legasy!
2014-07-04 15:39
Slovakia kubiaxk 
sad ... R.I.P in pieces deadned sk squad :( SK forgot who brought them most fame :( (Counter-Strike !)
2014-07-04 15:40
"We have been and currently are looking into other opportunities and will hopefully have some promising announcements coming up soon." What does that even mean? Seriously though, what's with SK? Financial problems? When they picked up this team, I assumed it was because something big was around the corner - that's at least what caused them to pick up a team last time around. Then they do surprisingly well at DHS, qualify for EMS One qualifiers, have a possibility of attending a $250k event in a game that pretty much alows everyone to fluke out big. And then they drop them?
2014-07-04 15:54
joke of an organisation
2014-07-04 16:22
SK has only 13 years old
2014-07-04 16:23
schneider, its your chance to play under SK org ;)
2014-07-04 16:31
Lol they picked up these guys instead of promising ex-lgb lineup, what did they expect?
2014-07-04 16:39
Wow, SK? Really? What a surprise.
2014-07-04 16:49
SK as always tried to enforce players on eksem/skytten the original creators of the lineup and then things started to fall off. They might have asked for tWist or someone from ex-SK but SK management had bad experiences with them and just decided to give up. As i said before, unless sk is going to become more flexible with csgo teams they will never succeed thats what makes NiP/fnatic/mouz better organizations.
2014-07-04 17:01
SK is a fucking joke excuse my french. I knew this was going to happen since its not the first time they've done this. SK, this time please don't comeback no one will take you seriously anymore.
2014-07-04 17:05
SK believe Kappa
2014-07-04 17:07
Cant say I'm surprised. If they expected top 3 results from such mediocre players I dont really see why they picked them up.
2014-07-04 17:12
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk SK is bad hahahahaha
2014-07-04 17:48
SK is a fucking joke!
2014-07-04 18:34
wtf? i mean SK with delpan would've been good. They just started and beat fnatic.. bah
2014-07-04 18:46
sad :C
2014-07-04 18:50
SK = joke
2014-07-04 18:51
what a fucking joke, thats all i can say. SK is not thought of by basically anyone as a premier organization anymore, so it hurts them more than anyone.
2014-07-04 20:20
I have to admit that I find this action to be rather foolish.
2014-07-04 20:54
Norway duffz00r 
daym sK.
2014-07-04 21:17
I just don't understand why. SK would've gotten a lot of fans. Especially with their cool underdog good-guy lineup :)
2014-07-04 21:38
Worst orga ever...
2014-07-04 22:50
lost all respect for sk
2014-07-04 23:53
How disappointing from one of my former favourite orgs. Fuck you very much SK.
2014-07-05 02:02
We get the best team at least in Sweden or we are not interested in CS:GO...
2014-07-05 18:24
o cmon if they dit pick another player an not delcsgonoob sk was gonna suportthem for more time
2014-07-07 11:18
they are really good maybe pita leave make sk to drop them:/
2014-07-07 11:47
Cs is many players quiting and leaving cuz theres no money in it.
2014-07-08 04:00
They didn't participate in any fucking tournaments until their "big comback" @ DHS. What a joke.
2014-07-13 01:22
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