Twitch signs CS:GO talent

April 9th, 2015 10:50

Videogame streaming platform Twitch has announced that it has hired five high-profile CS:GO figures to boost its presence in the scene.

Twitch has moved to ride the wave of momentum CS:GO is currently enjoying by creating a team that will be responsible for ensuring that the game continues its upward trajectory on the streaming platform.

Joining Twitch are retired player Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson, former Cloud9 member Spencer "Hiko" Martin and fragbite director Pontus Eskilsson. The trio will be working with the CS:GO communities in Europe and North America to increase the game's presence on Twitch.


Fifflaren signs for Twitch

Fifflaren and Hiko will be making their first appearance for Twitch at the upcoming ESEA finals, in Dallas, from April 17-19. Eskilsson, on the other hand, will be relocating to the company's London office in May.

Meanwhile, Twitch has revealed that RoomonFire duo Anders Blume and Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat have signed exclusive deals with the company.

"Robin, Spencer, and Pontus know the scene like no other, and they’ll be available to the community to ensure we are best serving our viewers and partners," Twitch Regional Director Stuart "TosspoT" Saw said.

"At the start of the year we signed Anders and Semmler exclusively to Twitch to give them the stability to fully develop their business.

"Looking forward, we’ll continue exploring the right opportunities to fulfill everything the CS:GO community desires."

Twitch's CS:GO section will consist of:

Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin
Sweden Pontus Eskilsson
Denmark Anders Blume
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat 

This is the latest in a series of agreements made by Twitch concerning CS:GO, which was the third-most watched game on the platform in January 2015, behind League of Legends and Dota 2. 

Last month, Twitch agreed an experimental partnership with PGL in a bid to increase the prize fund of the CS:GO Championship (CCS) Kick-off Season. Earlier in the week, Twitch and ESEA reached an agreement on an extensive partnership.

United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
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Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
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2015-04-09 11:49
We are potentially looking at a major weekly tournament like we see in LoL with LCS.
2015-04-09 13:19
Please no.
2015-04-09 14:13
Fiffy <3<3
2015-04-09 20:28
TaZ | 
Poland rolin' 
Room on Fire, baby!
2015-04-09 21:59
damn, rip skins
2015-04-09 15:00
2015-04-09 15:06
But LoL sucks
2015-04-09 16:14
Oh fuck that. It's already almost too much to watch.
2015-04-09 17:00
Dosia | 
Norway Skagos 
2015-04-09 11:49
Slovakia kubiaxk 
I bet thorin is mad :D coz they didn't invited him ::DDD hahahaa rip in pieces ginger
2015-04-09 15:13
rip in pieces haha he is huge gingar boy xxddxdxxddxdx i hate cuz i anus lolxz
2015-04-09 15:40
Slovakia crushyou 
2015-04-09 16:30
Slovakia kubiaxk 
rip my English :( ty
2015-04-09 17:11
Thorin does nothing with twitch, he doesn't stream, he doesn't cast matches, he analyses, that's why he usues youtube and appears on ANALYST desks at major tournaments. There is no reason to invite him. Please think before you speak.
2015-04-09 16:49
im pretty sure fifflaren is an analyst too
2015-04-09 17:19
NAF | 
Canada ozboz 
Pretty sure he also casts and used to PLAY THE GAME!
2015-04-09 18:35
He should be mad because? The guy hasn't streamed once so shut your mouth.
2015-04-09 17:34
best ones lets gooo
2015-04-09 11:50
2015-04-09 11:50
Poland tfg 
wot fiffi again top team
2015-04-09 11:50
f0rest | 
United Kingdom Archaeon 
2015-04-09 11:50
So when is their first match
2015-04-09 11:50
Omg fiffy!!!
2015-04-09 11:50
2015-04-09 11:50
Wait so are they like some sort of twitch staff now or ? ..
2015-04-09 11:51
2015-04-09 12:03
2015-04-09 13:02
2015-04-09 15:29
2015-04-09 16:13
most likely
2015-04-09 16:56
very likely
2015-04-09 19:00
Its assified
2015-04-10 10:47
2015-04-10 14:37
yes and no, it seems that RoF is mainly "tied" to streaming on twitch.
2015-04-09 15:30
fiffy <3
2015-04-09 11:51
wtf whats happening
2015-04-09 11:51
all i gotta say is Kappa
2015-04-09 11:51
2nd that
2015-04-09 12:32
2015-04-09 11:52
fiffy <3
2015-04-09 11:52
2015-04-09 11:52
World tmvg 
this is nice!
2015-04-09 11:52
Sweden 1up' 
lol nice
2015-04-09 11:52
Norway hansmoehansen 
fiffy! also a good forward step
2015-04-09 11:52
what na ?! :D
2015-04-09 11:52
Fiffyyyyyyyyy <3
2015-04-09 11:52
fiffy <3
2015-04-09 11:53
United States hltvconfirmed 
Hiko lol Bad suits and hats in formal setting incoming
2015-04-09 11:54
ayy lmao
2015-04-09 12:22
yup, that cap ruined all his effort to look formal, why you're are trying to hide that thinning hair when everybody knows you have it, I don't get it
2015-04-09 12:32
Why do you hair your dick when everybody knows you got it?
2015-04-09 13:50
you spiek very gud england
2015-04-09 13:54
26 hrs no sleep instead of hide i wrote hair :DD unless you are referring to you have one instead of you got it. debatable
2015-04-09 14:01
its TM for Hiko, hes got to wear the taylormade
2015-04-09 14:12
I crie everytiem
2015-04-09 15:37
Fiffy <3
2015-04-09 11:54
wtf semmler USA??
2015-04-09 11:54
United States hltvconfirmed 
Hes Merican
2015-04-09 11:54
Good for fiffy
2015-04-09 11:55
p0ntus <3
2015-04-09 11:55
what is this shit? promoters?
2015-04-09 11:57
coincidentally, 5 guys hired. NEW TWITCH.CSGO DREAMTEAM INCOMING?
2015-04-09 11:57
2015-04-09 15:42
fiffy <33
2015-04-09 11:58
Alright, so does this mean that Hiko will become a full-time streamer and he won't be joining a top team? And we are going to be stuck with anders and semmler for more events now? Screw that
2015-04-09 11:58
pls! Comeback!
2015-04-09 11:59
New NA team confirmed. kappa
2015-04-09 11:59
Spain Ayrr 
gj, gl to all. Fiffy HLTV miss u ;_;
2015-04-09 11:59
Hiko are you kidding me?!
2015-04-09 12:00
2015-04-09 12:00
Pontus eSKILson Skill in e-sport confirmed, we hire him
2015-04-09 12:02
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
RIP Hiko [*]
2015-04-09 12:03
rolling in money these casters
2015-04-09 12:04
TosspoT - Twitch Regional Director lol
2015-04-09 12:05
yeah lol, some thing new each day.
2015-04-09 12:07
that's nothing new to me lol
2015-04-09 13:02
Well, TosspoT used to be a director at own3d before it went under. He has the experience. I'm kinda worried that this is becoming some sort of closed circle. Some sort of streaming mafia. They're all friends among themselves, they've casted events before and spent time together. They will hire their friends for the big jobs, and won't let new people in, unless they manage to join their inner group. CS:GO streaming has limited demand, so it's in their best interest to limit the amount of casters.
2015-04-09 12:21
"He has the experience." Im pretty sure Stuart has been at Twitch for 3 Years, i think he knows whats up by now.
2015-04-09 12:25
ye we saw what open circle gives to the scene... sadokist + tobiwan biggest cancer at the momment in csgo scene and just because of open circle :(
2015-04-09 12:57
NEO | 
Poland LGf 
But sado with natu r decent
2015-04-09 15:40
AnJ | 
Denmark devonBFD 
Fucking russian boi
2015-04-09 15:57
2015-04-09 17:12 Here you go let Tosspot tell you about the streaming industry and how it has developed since the early 2000's, he has as much experience as anyone out there and is definitely not looking to block new talent.
2015-04-09 13:20
this is what twitch always was, once i got to know bunch of the people in the community. it started like that and it continued to grow like that
2015-04-09 16:45
2015-04-09 12:06
Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson - IGL Spencer "Hiko" Martin - Lurker Pontus Eskilsson - Entry (he'll be the guy with 1 dot for a nickname) Anders "Anders Anders Anders" Blume - Support Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Support They won't play for entries and are gonna run the lock on T side with minimal deaths. It's all about that K/D ratio in the end. I can see them winning at least 3 majors n a row.
2015-04-09 12:06
Anders is the exchange 1 for 1 guy.
2015-04-09 13:22
Anders is the awper...
2015-04-09 13:50
France JPK_ 
2015-04-09 12:06
No idea what that means, but nice.
2015-04-09 12:06
2015-04-09 12:07
holy shit this is great news!
2015-04-09 12:11
Finland Fherrera 
omg n1
2015-04-09 12:12
Sooo... They're like a marketing team for CS while Twitch is funding them to do so, right?
2015-04-09 12:13
Denmark JtS 
That's what i got from it, Twitch's outwards voice to the viewers. It is a bit vague though, not gonna lie
2015-04-09 12:17
anders <333
2015-04-09 12:14
Austria db42 
what exactly are they doing? and how is ROF involved in this, does this mean they will only cast games on twitch, i.e no ESWC as example?
2015-04-09 12:15
Denmark JtS 
Yeah, their position is described a bit vague
2015-04-09 12:18
Nice, congratulations Roblaren!
2015-04-09 12:18
2015-04-09 12:19
This is some of the best news i've read lately, really very nice!
2015-04-09 12:23
World Jeza 
Fiffy as player: most hated. Fiffy as caster: most loved. hltv pls
2015-04-09 12:27
Most hated by the retards on hltv, Indeed. Most hated by the "normal" people on hltv? Hell no.
2015-04-09 15:24
2015-04-09 17:45
He can't play, he can't cast why would you hire him
2015-04-09 12:27
nice to hear gl fiffy
2015-04-09 12:30
Wow gratz and gl.
2015-04-09 12:31
France B0u  
Fiffy and Hiko omfg :D
2015-04-09 12:32
hiko and fifflaren tag team to win next major, you heard it here first
2015-04-09 12:33
Say what? Me no speak greek
2015-04-09 12:34
Great stuff for the community
2015-04-09 12:35
I don't think I understand the job description. Are they like hosts? Like full time analyst desk guys for various events wherever they're needed, and just employed by twitch? Or will they be like community people that help different organisations with partnering and setting up with twitch? Will they do like weekly podcast talk show kindaa stuff or what? Will the CSGO section at twitch get even further customization over other games? (we already have "filter by map" type deal which is fairly unique)
2015-04-09 12:37
Denmark fyhn 
I don't really get what their jobs will be either. Would love a reply as well, if anyone knows what they'll actually do.
2015-04-09 15:10
Interesting lineup. Doubt they can compete with current top teams, though. Hiko is still a top player and Fiffy can probably get back in form pretty quickly (will he pick up the AWP or just be IGL?), but Anders and Semmler are not pro level. No idea about Pontus.
2015-04-09 12:38
2015-04-09 13:17
Could you hook me up with some of that stuff you're smoking?
2015-04-09 13:21
Congrats, you're famous
2015-04-09 16:29
Still better team than Titan.
2015-04-09 12:38
2015-04-09 12:44
anders and semmler... no offence but i much rather watch gotv than those 2 casting since they're shit. ddk and james ftw
2015-04-09 12:46
2015-04-09 12:53
no offense* and you're wrong about them, btw
2015-04-09 12:55
No offense, and then you start offending. n1
2015-04-09 14:13
You can say whatever the fuck you want if you start with no offense. free be a jerk pass.
2015-04-09 15:55
ddk and black ddk are awesome, but anders and semmeler are cool too ;)
2015-04-09 14:13
Ddk and black ddk good but not best Pansy and Deman best Kappa
2015-04-09 14:35
they only shouldnt cast NiP matches, they just cant cast those without rooting for them
2015-04-09 14:36
james? is that the black ddk
2015-04-09 16:17
yeah thats him
2015-04-09 20:36
does he have a name? lol
2015-04-09 21:13
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
WUT?!! Anders is da best m8.
2015-04-09 18:21
Don't worry, we stream on Twitch too :)
2015-04-09 23:17
Hmmm...can give you a bit more info about our agreement ( @PGL ) with Twitch.Basically if you subscribe to the PGL channel you almost get a full year of subscription for the money of just a month of sub.We did this cuz of the 2 DreamHacks in Romania & let users have those cool chat emotes ( 26 emotes if i'm not mistaken ).The subscription to the channel will last past the DreamHack Cluj ( witch is in oct-nov this year )!
2015-04-09 12:47
This is different, these guys will work for Twitch (as i see it). The thing you described is a partnership, not an employment. (If you are thining what you wrote is the same as this. I'm just saying this so there is not confusion)
2015-04-09 12:56
Don't get it wrong alex, i was only giving more info about our deal with twitch :D
2015-04-09 13:20
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
*our deal with twitch* your deal? who are you people?
2015-04-09 18:24
Yeah alright, just checking so there is no confusion :)
2015-04-09 18:44
omgasm Anders, Semmler, and Hiko?? SIIIIIIICK
2015-04-09 12:51
What do they actually do? Anyone? Examples? ty
2015-04-09 12:51
How about getting to work forming a new team, Hiko? Huh? Huh?
2015-04-09 12:51
lol as if any player cares about a team when they can be making millions by doing stuff like this and streaming. let alone actually playing and getting sponsor, prize, and sticker money
2015-04-09 12:58
nice1 twitch
2015-04-09 12:55
If twitch are signing anyone its because they are scared of the competition, MGL and whoever else, coming in and signing known people.
2015-04-09 12:56
Fiffy is love fiffy is life
2015-04-09 12:56
FIFFY!!!!! <3
2015-04-09 12:59
Easy for Sweden!
2015-04-09 13:02
Fucking EPIC!!! Nice Twitch and grats to fiffy and the rest.
2015-04-09 13:08
2015-04-09 13:12
this is sooooo epic i love you guys!!!
2015-04-09 13:14
Ok, sooo.... Are they like's door2door salesmen or what? Going around during events and trying to get more professionals to stream and offering them twitch partnerships or...?
2015-04-09 13:25
I think they'll start full-time streaming on a regular basis, while getting paid by twitch to increase cs:go's overall stream numbers
2015-04-09 13:45
Do you have a moment to talk about twitch and csgo for a moment?
2015-04-09 13:46
you always have the right answer
2015-04-09 13:56
RoF-Anders: "Do you have a moment to talk about twitch and csgo for a moment?" Me: "No.." RoF-Anders: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!"
2015-04-09 14:26
2015-04-09 15:04
lol i thought at first that twitch was about to create a CS:GO prof team lmao
2015-04-09 13:25
Sweden mr-gusse 
woop woop... fiffy and hiko !! not so excited about overrated duo anders and semmler
2015-04-09 13:34
2015-04-09 13:34
Where was my offer Kappa?
2015-04-09 13:40
Now they just need to hire pasha aswell. Then we can finally see CSGO rise above Dota and what ever the names are.
2015-04-09 13:42
2015-04-09 13:42
:ooooo n1
2015-04-09 13:47
Anders in a top team Kappa
2015-04-09 13:51
stream team or real team? so confused >.<
2015-04-09 13:51
2015-04-09 13:51
2015-04-09 13:51
France rsi_rise 
Hell yeah!
2015-04-09 13:52
YES NICE p0ntus :D GLHF!
2015-04-09 13:53
Fiflaren is good person i like him :D
2015-04-09 13:55
YEEEES! Love that you stay in the scene fiffy
2015-04-09 13:57
Czech Republic THE_WILLY 
Oh well they're just locking favourite analysts and commentators to their platform so if MLG would like to repeat their CS:GO event, they can no longer have Fiffy as an analyst, because he has a contract with Twitch. Don't know if this is really something positive...
2015-04-09 13:59
El Salvador jayss 
Lol, implying MLG events are important in CS:GO
2015-04-09 14:16
CEVO's season finals will be at the MLG arena; MLG X Games drew top teams from Europe and the U.S. Wtf are you want dude
2015-04-09 16:33
Czech Republic THE_WILLY 
They might be at least in NA? And MLG Aspen was at least in my opinion more exciting than Katowice, just the casters and analysts were better than what ESL has hired.
2015-04-09 21:00
Brazil mth^ 
yesssssssssssssssssssssssssss amazing hahaah
2015-04-09 14:11
Hiko retires from competitive play to be a CSGO caster, commentator and analyst. Sad day for CSGO.
2015-04-09 14:16
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
nice motherfackin job !
2015-04-09 14:18
Twitch eSports Inc
2015-04-09 14:19
Soooooo... what is their job exactly? I mean how exactly are the going to increase PRESENCE of one of the most popular games on twitch? I mean, Hiko is already streaming, Anders and Semmler are casting games. I Don't get the whole idea of hiring
2015-04-09 14:22
Fify <3
2015-04-09 14:27
Can someone please explain me who THE F Pontus Eskilsson is???
2015-04-09 14:30
He is from Fragbite!
2015-04-09 14:59
Ok. Caster?
2015-04-09 17:57
naa just running the site i think
2015-04-09 19:03
does this means no team for hiko? :/
2015-04-09 14:32
That's pretty great news
2015-04-09 14:35
Valve should take the same approach. Hire some ex pros to be the middle man between the devs and the community.
2015-04-09 14:36
So nice that Twitch is getting into this shit
2015-04-09 14:43
rip hiko
2015-04-09 14:43
top 1 team
2015-04-09 14:46
twitch > shitbox
2015-04-09 14:49
very bad lineup, will lose against any team.
2015-04-09 14:53
200 comments and no Lurppis comments? It's still quite ironic to see what his campaign to retire Fiffy has done to him. Not that he'd sign with Twitch, but this isn't helping him.
2015-04-09 15:17
Estonia rYm 
very good choice btw! nice twitch
2015-04-09 15:20
im having pizza for dinner
2015-04-09 15:26
NA dream team
2015-04-09 15:37
Top 1 team inc Kappa
2015-04-09 15:47
Stuart "TosspoT" Saw He's the real boss !
2015-04-09 16:02
that lineup is ez top 2 world with nV
2015-04-09 16:06
Really great news ! Gl boyz
2015-04-09 16:08
who is pontus eskilsson??
2015-04-09 16:11
He's the siteboss of fragbite. Works with dreamhack etc
2015-04-09 16:37
ok ty
2015-04-09 17:49
2015-04-09 16:16
Great for those guys, but I really hope it won't create a monopoly from Twitch on CS:GO, they're already powerful enough, we need other platforms to stream CS:GO as well.
2015-04-09 16:22
why they no sign summit?
2015-04-09 16:26
The only person that needs to sign CS:GO talent is Valve because they're so out of touch with the competitive community it's vomiting.
2015-04-09 16:27
2015-04-09 16:28
I'm glad thorin didn't make the list. I don't like that guy
2015-04-09 16:29
OMG, the bromance is real! Fiffy and Hiko reunited.
2015-04-09 16:31
oh god this is awesome for them all !
2015-04-09 16:34
Fifflaren is lyfe! <3
2015-04-09 16:35
Wondering what these guys' job description is. What exactly can they do to further increase Twitch's near-monopoly on CS:GO streaming? Free skins with each subscription? Idk
2015-04-09 16:36
fiffy <3
2015-04-09 16:42
Hungary raffai 
Holy shit :D FIFFLAREN <3
2015-04-09 16:57
hiko retirement confirmed. +natu would be great Kappa
2015-04-09 16:58
where's the talent? :p joking
2015-04-09 16:59
nice! no clue who Pontus Eskilsson is tho
2015-04-09 17:14
i dont know what they will do
2015-04-09 17:15
2015-04-09 17:20
Good luck, have fun!
2015-04-09 17:35
Disappointed, I thought Twitch were going to have their own CS:GO team.
2015-04-09 17:52
It is a team, bro. Hiko and Anders to carry every event.
2015-04-09 19:07
El Salvador jayss 
Anders and Hiko in the same team, Hiko gets an entry frag -> HIKO ARE U KIDDING ME, INHUMAN REACTIONS
2015-04-09 20:42
fiffy! <3
2015-04-09 17:55
Fiffy :D
2015-04-09 19:07
They should have made a CSGO team instead of making whatever they meant to make ...
2015-04-09 21:11
United States Warfororks 
dreamteam 2k15 when is their first major?
2015-04-09 21:20
Fifflaren (IGL), Hiko, Skadoodle, ScreaM, desi
2015-04-09 22:21
I think they can compete against nip and fnatic and nv
2015-04-09 22:24
inb4 they make team
2015-04-09 23:18
I have no idea what any of this means.
2015-04-10 03:07
dope. someone is going to be making a lot of money in the coming months from the sudden growth of CS:GO and I'm glad someone deserving is on the receiving end.
2015-04-10 03:53
n1 fiffy
2015-04-10 10:32
hiko to lurk, anders to awp - doable.
2015-04-10 11:21
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