gets $100m+ investment

October 15th, 2015 12:24

USM Holdings has announced that it is making an investment of upwards of $100 million in

Founded by Alisher Usmanov, a 62-year-old Russian business magnate, USM Holdings is an investor in a variety of companies across several industries, from metals and mining to telecoms and internet.

The company is now looking to add to its impressive portfolio by making a big investment in - one of the biggest esports organisations based in Russia - that could exceed the $100 million mark.'s organisation to receive a major investment 

The investment will be used by to launch new tournaments, support new games, create media channels and build new esports arenas, says Anton Cherepennikov, co-owner of the Russian organisation.

"E-sports are a unique proposition, uniting the sports, media and the internet industries," says Ivan Streshinsky, a member of USM Holdings' board.

"It is a fast-growing market, which has already generated huge interest around the world and is the leader in the e-sports industry in Russia.

"I am confident that the support from USM will spur the company’s further development and enable it to take its projects to a whole new level."

Australia tehN 
money money money
2015-10-15 12:25
Spain Ayrr 
Holy fucking sh**t, that's a lot of money indeed Sooner or later big companies will fight to buy fnatic, NiP, Na'Vi, etc. Esports is going to another level :DDD
2015-10-15 12:32
Shit will get robotic and unnatural.
2015-10-15 17:18
like all sports
2015-10-15 18:24
true that
2015-10-15 22:31
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
not really, one guy who has more money than a saudi prince through out what you think is a 20 to VP. There isn't money to be made in gaming on the competitive side for rich investors, the return would minuscule if never get a profit. This guy is similar to arbalet who just likes gaming and through some money at it, gaming isn't close to being profitable enough for people to "buy" teams.
2015-10-16 06:48
There are a lot of untapped sources on money in gaming. Just not for the players/gamers. This guy can make his money back with ease throughout the years. Just everything will be monetized. They just need a real plan to suck everything out what they can. Most of the money is is LOL, so he could just start some LOL team too. Valve is sucking out a lot of money too with their skins/music kits, "Valve have paid out since 2011 to folks who made and sold in-game items for their games. It’s over $57 million dollars from hats, knives, guns, staves, and swords across TF2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive." Like i said, there are still a lot of uptapped resources in this business and the guy is smart by exploiting them. He can make amateur tournaments with buy-in fees, commercialize shit etc etc. Why not build a gaming community like ESEA or smth like that, in the long run it's a good pay-off. And im pretty sure, that the future will hold somekind of pay-per-view or subscriber basis, to watch the majors etc.
2015-10-16 11:28
Actually, this point is true. Didn't think about that.
2015-10-16 11:51
Then why are companies paying FUCKLOAD of money for advertisements during Superbowl? One word: Audience. They will attract people to e-sports, then they will advertise products such consumers may buy. Easy as that.
2015-10-16 11:59
2015-10-22 11:24
I had BBC news on last night and League of legends came on in the sports section xD
2015-10-17 13:41
Russian mafia
2015-10-18 14:42
HeatoN | 
Russia rassvet 
must be funny
2015-10-15 12:32
In the rich mans world
2015-10-15 12:53
yee boi you da real man
2015-10-15 14:29
2015-10-15 15:04 learn to read dumbass, the 78 million was for ESL
2015-10-15 19:04
ESEA, not ESL. Are you out of your mind, ESL for 78?!
2015-10-16 01:20
"This July it was announced that Swedish media company MTG had purchased a 74% ownership stake in the Electronic Sports League (ESL), which is part of the game branch of Turtle Entertainment, for €78 million." no, it was ESL
2015-10-16 03:41
esl = esea
2015-10-16 11:30
hahahahaha no
2015-10-16 13:25
MGT bought out both of them, so ESL = ESEA
2015-10-16 14:05
Why no gaming house? Daaamn. It would be really useful.
2015-10-15 20:28
More like a mansion
2015-10-15 21:18
more like a castle
2015-10-15 21:49
Barcode | 
Sweden mlns 
More like a fucking village...
2015-10-15 22:13
More like a city
2015-10-15 22:37
more like poland
2015-10-16 00:26
more like europe
2015-10-16 02:55
more like world
2015-10-16 04:35
more like Milky Way
2015-10-16 04:42
more like heaven
2016-05-16 07:44
Denmark Kevzz 
Oh my what a chance
2015-10-15 12:25
meanwhile, still $250k for each major pasharichceps pls giff Volvo some skins
2015-10-15 12:47
why do you care what is the prizemoney? Do you hope of winnning it?
2015-10-15 19:41
bigger prizepool = bigger events bigger events = bigger esport bigger esport = better entertainment are you retarded?
2015-10-15 20:20
& bigger esport = better game
2015-10-15 22:46
Ok, so by your logic it means that dota is bigger than csgo.
2015-10-15 23:09
with the first place taking $17mil, sure it is lol
2015-10-15 23:19
I am done here
2015-10-16 00:44
you stupid as fuck right now
2015-10-16 07:05
2015-10-16 13:26
yes it is.
2015-10-15 23:23
cant tell if this is b8 or you're simply just retarded
2015-10-16 04:12
2nd most played game in the world, older community (Dungeon of The Ancients is kinda older than CS 1.6 when it exploded), it has a bigger team for updates and management inside VALVe (yet, idk if it's gonna keep like being that) and the game recieves a lot more attention in old media by being similar to LoL (way eaiser to understand) and having the biggest prize-pool. Why wouldn't it be bigger? Because we love cs:go? It's like I'm a NiP fan but NiP just sucks now and I know it. @edit 2nd not 2ns
2015-10-16 04:50
defense of the ancients***
2015-10-16 11:43
Well I can't edit it so yeah, guess you're right.
2015-10-16 12:08 Don't live in the past. Also the scene is bigger in csgo because of everyday leagues and tournaments. There is much more competition. I am not gonna argue with idiots whos only argument is a rude word, this is why I am replying to u.
2015-10-16 20:49
I agree with you, the scene is actually bigger, but that doesn't mean the the game is bigger. Just to give you some weird that shouldn't happen, in mid presentation of the last 2 Majors, ESL did advertise the Dota 2 New York tickets for sale, IN A CS:GO MAJOR. That however doesn't happen on the reverse side, and probably won't ever happen because it's not worth it. And also abou the steam counting, I just got in and in total Dota 2 is still on the lead.
2015-10-16 22:12
bigger prizepool = bigger cheaters
2015-10-16 13:22
Lol here's to hoping lgb gets dumped with dolla bills as well. :D
2015-10-15 15:14
United Kingdom dronee 
LGB are owned by the people who own NiP and Copenhagen Wolves, so money is there.
2015-10-16 12:04
Money is there, something else just as vital is missing though ;)
2015-10-16 21:42
2015-10-15 12:25
definitely expected
2015-10-15 12:31
Bulgaria FoXy 
I am sure it was..
2015-10-15 12:33
Serbia Suckleus 
10/10 would expect again
2015-10-15 12:38 to start funding majors is also expected.
2015-10-15 13:26
First thing I thought of when I woke up
2015-10-15 17:23
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United States mmotorcycle 
more like WOW
2015-10-15 19:36
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World qliss 
how much?
2015-10-15 12:25
2015-10-15 13:36
are you sure
2015-10-15 13:46
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Finland allu b 
2015-10-15 15:13
no $100
2015-10-15 18:40
World fapper 
salary boost incoming
2015-10-15 12:25
lol ?not really
2015-10-15 15:20
2015-10-15 12:26
World runnr 
2015-10-15 12:26
Here comes the money
2015-10-15 12:26
definately a good thing for esports
2015-10-15 12:26
rest in pepperoni
2015-10-15 12:26
ez mony
2015-10-15 12:26
I just woke up and thought this was 100k. 100 fucking million holy shit
2015-10-15 12:26
Yeah, same here - and it even says $100m+ :D sick shit right there, gr8 for eSport 4 sure.
2015-10-15 12:29
lol you can buy a football club with that money
2015-10-15 12:26
Usmanov already has a football club. Actually two :). He is the biggest digital investor in Russsia and well-known philanthropist.
2015-10-15 12:36
damn, so much money
2015-10-15 12:39
Usmanov even bought the Nobel medal from the discoverer of DNA and sent in back to him via post
2015-10-15 12:41
"philanthropist" HAHAHA, get all money from 90s when Russia was in shit, philanthropist. Hahahah, second Mavrodi. "Usmanov even bought the Nobel medal from the discoverer of DNA and sent in back to him via post" Such a PR, make roads better? Nope, give AMERICAN rich man nobel medal- YES! Russian small towns are dying - nobody cares, cause Moscow - FTW!
2015-10-15 13:38
Another Ukranian mad nazi fakeflagging as always?
2015-10-15 14:03
I not even ukranian, i lived 17 years in Karelia, in Suoyarvi, now i live in Denmark. I have jewish and belorussian blood, but zero ukranian.
2015-10-15 14:17
"Ukranian mad nazi" Let me guess, you from big city with 1+ mill people. So do you even lived in small russian towns with 5-10 thousand people? I lived in 6000 rubles in month, all month i eated shit, i lived in house without toilet, without shower, my internet was 1 mb/s maximum. So what about you, do you even been hungry?
2015-10-15 14:29
You can cry a bit more. Yes I live in 1+ mil city, but spent my childhood in a village with zero cars and zero metres of asphalt. I spent 3 months in Karelia in Soortvala. The problem of this people that they still wait that government give them everything.
2015-10-15 14:51
"The problem of this people that they still wait that government give them everything." +1 True.
2015-10-15 14:53
tbh no one gives a shit
2015-10-15 15:20
Yo, i'm so sad what you lose it. Kappa
2015-10-15 15:38
2015-10-15 20:58
3rd world? So, what you think about Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Angola and etc? What is this? 4th world? 5th world?
2015-10-15 22:48
10th world, of course.
2015-10-16 05:13
Iran Animal1ty 
he told the truth, lol it will be better if he send thats money on roads/healthcare/etc.
2015-10-15 23:47
The biggest problems in Russia are fools and roads. The problem of fools that they always know how to rule the country, build roads, educate children and train national football team.
2015-10-16 08:10
He already owns a decent percentage of arsenal and wants to buy off the rest.
2015-10-15 12:47
why invest in the past ?
2015-10-16 08:04
Good news for eSports :) GJ!
2015-10-15 12:27
VP will win next tourney, paying ppl to throw
2015-10-15 12:28
ez money ez life
2015-10-15 12:28
ye its time to kick pasha and buy michu
2015-10-15 12:28
Inb4 no more pasha streams
2015-10-15 12:28
Pasha is love Pasha is life!!! He is a legend man, big legend!!!
2015-10-16 01:57
Poland ~mkr 
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Dont forget say thanks to Russia later. Bitchzzzz
2015-10-15 12:28
Estonia swag420weed 
Uzbek, not Russian xd
2015-10-15 14:08
he said russia, not russian
2015-10-16 11:49
Taz,Neo and Pasha will never retire now FUCK YES
2015-10-15 12:29
ye they dont but this alisher can retire them XD
2015-10-15 12:32
money laundring?
2015-10-15 12:29
VP are you kidding me, is that figure even practical? What will they even do with it.
2015-10-15 12:29
it says so if you actually read it....
2015-10-15 12:33
yeah i missed the arena/tourney part, hopefully it does go into these.
2015-10-15 13:19
Hong Kong TurboJET 
Well they could feed half of India for that money, but PapaBiceps is more important.
2015-10-15 12:37
true, true
2015-10-15 15:05
Bulgaria sN7 
There is no profit in feeding poor people. Sadly this is how the world works, everybody wants money
2015-10-15 15:43
Who would want to feed a nation of rapists anyways?
2015-10-15 20:59
from* nt, we all know you're from a third world EU nation
2015-10-15 19:14
Israel selukvey 
I suggest they will use the money for a proper english course for the Russains. Instead of saying cyka blyat all the game
2015-10-15 13:51
funny considering 3 grammatical mistakes in your two "sentences"
2015-10-15 20:55
It's important to have diverse opportunities for money laundering in ones portfolio.
2015-10-15 12:30
And now imagine what Fnatic or Evil Geniuses/Na'Vi could do.. SICK!
2015-10-15 12:30
What could they do? Nothing.
2015-10-15 14:53
flusha | 
Lithuania jiffoe 
2015-10-15 12:31
These 5 players are a big reason for the investment. If not a salary raise, I hope they get some kind of bonus.
2015-10-15 12:32
It's not only CS squad, Dota2, and overs... and construction Cyber Stadium also :)
2015-10-15 12:46
Dude, they can give all their players $1m and still have like $80m left over.
2015-10-15 14:48
lol then start giving 1m$ when someone does something good in organization than tell me how long will u have this 100m$
2015-10-15 15:56
r u stupid. I said they can give their players $1m each 1 time only, not everytime you retard kebab
2015-10-15 18:05
LOLd, great logic
2015-10-15 19:39
This organization dates back to 2003. Polish guys are playing for VP just from 2014.
2015-10-15 13:31
their dota 2 squad made more money than their cs one
2015-10-15 15:21
dota2 vp won more than everyone from VP csgo made in 4 years from only 1 tournament :D
2015-10-15 17:17
South Africa kHYRR73 
SumaiL is that you ? xD
2015-10-15 21:26
Get da money
2015-10-15 12:33
holy shit
2015-10-15 12:33
Norway billson 
Is this real life? Like WHAT???
2015-10-15 12:33
NEO | 
Poland m@rulek 
VP is not only cs go ;p
2015-10-15 12:34
that's a lot of money
2015-10-15 12:35
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Russia Drinkins 
Alisher Usmanov? He is rich as fuck. Arsenal fans can confirm
2015-10-15 12:35
Minority shareholder and doesn't put any money in.
2015-10-15 13:24
Russia Drinkins 
He wanted to buy more shares several times, but stingy Kroenke refused.
2015-10-15 13:29
indeed,even tho Gazidis in today's interview told that all club investors are looking forward to invest in club,i mean building new innovative training base that will be done by 2017 and transfres ofc,as always :)
2015-10-15 15:24
100 million is like 5 dollars to a billionaire, the guy who owns of usm holding is worth 15$ billion
2015-10-15 12:37
Estonia swag420weed 
More like 75 dollars :D
2015-10-15 14:03
When they pop some bottles yes. When they invest no.
2015-10-15 19:52
100 million is still 100 million. No rich guy just gives that kind of money away, they want to see return in investment. His net worth is €12 billion, that doesn't mean, that he has this money in cash. That means that he has the share in the companies he owns. Or that's usually the case. But because he has made off his after the fall of the Soviet Union and by being a long time friend with Putin, i guess You can triple his net worth with ease.
2015-10-17 11:55
I hope we are gonna have a BIG tourney in Moscow!
2015-10-15 12:37
Poland tfg 
as #58, vp is not only csgo, and i cant see a signle line there that this money will go to support their csgo division i mean... if so big money is invested there, its pretty obvious that they gonna kick this roster and will try to pick up a tier1 lineup like fnatic or tsm
2015-10-15 12:37
Or they might pick up a second team.
2015-10-15 12:42
South Africa kHYRR73 
team Uzbekistan confirmed
2015-10-15 21:27
They won't change this current lineup.
2015-10-15 13:27
Poland tfg 
Dude, this is business. Big money got involved. If this lineup will fail, like they do now, and if they not gonna become a tier1 team again, I am pretty sure will tell them 'bye'
2015-10-15 13:34
2015-10-15 13:47
how is having 2 top 4`s, 2 wins and 2 finals in the past 6 lans a fail ?
2015-10-15 13:50
you're so dumb xD
2015-10-15 13:58
To create this kind of business you need to entertain not dominate. I rather watch 2 equal teams fighting each other on like 28 rounds each map than one dominant making it on 20. With VP squads having fans all over the world there is no need to change this aspect. Using money into building new tournaments, arenas, ladders/matchmaking platforms, media is the way to go.
2015-10-15 17:20
more like they will hire russian team
2015-10-16 11:53
Finland Fherrera 
FUCKING 100M??? that is huge
2015-10-15 12:37
Sweden LindqviSt 
2015-10-15 12:38
Finland Vlad2k 
Thank you for your donation. I really appreciate it
2015-10-15 12:39
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2015-10-15 12:39
Putin taking over Polando
2015-10-15 12:39
all russian money is corrupt, i expect the entire organization will disappear in less than 1 year
2015-10-15 12:41
u mad man :)
2015-10-15 12:48
$50 billion for Sochi XDDDDDDDDDD
2015-10-15 12:50
yes, we can! :) (not me)
2015-10-15 12:51
Almost all money is corrupt in a way, some just hide it better than others.
2015-10-15 12:50
A better way of putting it would be All people are cunts in a way, some people are just much bigger cunts than others.
2015-10-15 12:52
Some even have a cunt.
2015-10-15 13:25
u r right man. Not not all russian money but a big part of it.
2015-10-15 14:14
jesus, esport is huge
2015-10-15 12:42
CSGO International soon
2015-10-15 12:43
He's not russian :(
2015-10-15 12:43
Russia Drinkins 
expected from Uzb
2015-10-15 12:46
His nationality - russian. His ethnicity - uzbek, whats wrong?
2015-10-15 13:49
Estonia swag420weed 
Some countries ppl, don't care about citizenship, but only ethnicity. So if I moved to US and lived there next 30 years and became US citizen, I will still be Estonian not 'murican
2015-10-15 14:13
sad world right ?
2015-10-15 15:22
His nationality not russian. By your logic if I move to Russia and live there some time, then my nationality is russian?
2015-10-15 17:11
yes, if you will move to russia you will become russian by nationality, but your ethnicy is still uzbek ps
2015-10-15 18:14
Nope. 1. Alisher - arabic name. 2. Usmanov - uzbek, tatar surname. 3. Burkhanovich - arabic patronymic. Where did he born? - In Namangan. Where Namangan is situated? - In Uzbekistan. How many years did he live in Uzbekistan and how many in Russia? If you understand, nationality it's not a thing that you can change in 1 or more years.
2015-10-15 19:36
lol you can change your nationality very easily mate. it is you that doesn't understand
2015-10-15 19:42
South Africa kHYRR73 
He was born in Soviet Union..Russia is successor of SU... Noldlrldlrd watch his statement about his nationality and ethnicity on yt
2015-10-15 21:34
His nationality - uzbek, his citizenship - russian
2015-10-17 16:25 Nationality Russian Ethnicity Uzbek
2015-10-17 19:16
in Russia Nationality = Ethnicity
2015-10-18 17:43
yeah but russian money
2015-10-17 16:23
Ez 2m league/cup. Fuck Valve and 250k major.
2015-10-15 12:45
Inb4 VP event with 10 million prize pool Major what?
2015-10-15 12:45
Germany PhoenixD!!! 
Lol pasza to say that he will build some new esport arenas for 50m amd then he will do the pita
2015-10-15 12:46
2015-10-15 12:49
Pasha Richceps from 3rd world will get 10000x more money than all of you 1st worlders :(
2015-10-15 12:49
Too bad he won't get anything from that 100m ):
2015-10-15 13:08
players contract end soon, i'm sure the new contracts will increase their salary, the polish squad is good and popular
2015-10-15 15:19
They end in late 2016.
2015-10-15 17:21
Nope, this wont change their contract, this is for russian e-sport, not for the csgo team. VP is working hard to get the russian e-sport going :)
2015-10-15 13:27
2015-10-15 12:50
Russia plays in another league. Big Putin!
2015-10-15 12:51
Denmark Mrnobody 
wow to plolskis
2015-10-15 12:52
"that could exceed the $100 million mark." " gets $100m+ investment" so which? lmao
2015-10-15 12:52
here comes the money money money money money money money money cha ching cha ching
2015-10-15 12:56
$100 million = How much?
2015-10-15 12:56
ZippE | 
Finland Abble 
87.4 million euro (according to google, which might be a bit outdated)
2015-10-15 13:03
2015-10-15 13:11
They didn't buy VP, they invested on them. Which is different.
2015-10-15 13:17
investment means less shares than buy so yes, esl < vp
2015-10-15 18:48
sick shit
2015-10-15 12:56
Polish Mafia too strong
2015-10-15 13:03
polish?mb russian?
2015-10-15 13:16
I wouldn't be surprised if Virtus Pro had a Virtus Mansion. Do they?
2015-10-15 13:04
looks like putin is trying to find some new ways for laundering money
2015-10-15 13:04
2015-10-15 13:09
must be a money laundering
2015-10-15 13:14
Closest the players will get to some money of that investment is getting a new gaminghouse. At least that's my guess.
2015-10-15 13:14
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
i bet on new T shirts max
2015-10-15 13:19
Haha yea, that as well.
2015-10-15 13:23
I think they might get a sensible raise. Like 250$ a month.
2015-10-15 13:23
Don't think so. It's the organisation getting an investment, not the team itself. So the organisation gets (maybe) 100M to develop itself bigger and better!
2015-10-15 13:53
Estonia swag420weed 
VP already has contracts. So maybe raise when time for new contracts
2015-10-15 14:16
They can still get bonuses. Or something like new gear etc.
2015-10-15 14:38
and new mousepad
2015-10-15 14:42
Abramovich buying TSM. Just wait for it :D !!!
2015-10-15 13:19
South Africa kHYRR73 
He is not really interested as of now
2015-10-15 21:35
so much moniz i shat my pants
2015-10-15 13:19
He owns 30% of Arsenal shareholdings as well
2015-10-15 13:19
2015-10-15 13:20
Why did you put up a picture of CSGO lineup when it's the organization that receives the investment and not just one of the teams sponsored by them?
2015-10-15 13:20
Estonia swag420weed 
Because hltv is CS site, and if there was no VP cs team, you wouldn't even read about 100m investment on HLTV news
2015-10-15 14:17
what a great day for esports, i would say.
2015-10-15 13:22
United States kamil0vsky 
holy shit, thats a lot of money
2015-10-15 13:24
i guess that's mean no one in VP is going to retire any time soon.
2015-10-15 13:25
Isn't Usmanov the guy who owns a part of Arsenal?
2015-10-15 13:27
yes, 20-30% i think =)
2015-10-15 13:29
5mln prize event only for inc
2015-10-15 13:27
sadboys | 
Latvia kjyy 
so much money
2015-10-15 13:27
shouldve put that money into arsenal instead
2015-10-15 13:27
Estonia swag420weed 
Nope, Arsenal forever 4th confirmed
2015-10-15 14:19
Amazing! Cs go is growing like crazy
2015-10-15 13:30
Its nothing about csgo.. Its an esport thing...
2015-10-15 16:19
virtus pro cs go
2015-10-15 17:16
Its an investment in the organization.. And not for the csgo team
2015-10-15 17:18
also cs go
2015-10-15 23:25
And this is why we need more russian billionairs
2015-10-15 13:32
Sweden Exxet 
2015-10-15 13:32
LOL all teams bought by VP VP1 VP2 VPblue VPred -> all cashprizes for VP
2015-10-15 13:33
VP starcraft 2 incoming. XD
2015-10-15 13:39
that would be interesting
2015-10-15 13:57
2015-10-15 14:00
Poland enterq18 
hooly madafakin fck, thats a lot of money
2015-10-15 13:34
United Kingdom Krysup1995 
The richest man in poland Pasha is about to get even richer!! Russki powa!!
2015-10-15 13:34
this is it ! pls 1% for me :)
2015-10-15 13:35
2015-10-15 13:38
That's what happens when an e-sport company is ruled by a serious businessman instead a bunch of nerds.
2015-10-15 13:40
Really nice, congratz Virtus.PRO!
2015-10-15 13:42
papa pasha and taz gonna be rich nao
2015-10-15 13:46
no more Virtus.Throw nice
2015-10-15 13:50
Imagine that this guy is motar2k
2015-10-15 13:52
pay debt
2015-10-15 14:10
Won't bother arguing with a brainless kid It's pointless.
2015-10-15 22:05
pay debt
2015-10-16 07:03
Russia Drinkins 
btw VirtusPro will kick polish players if Putin will know about this shit (they are good mates with Usmanov). NoKappaKappa Big politics inc in CS GO community =(
2015-10-15 13:58
fuck this policy, it fucks everything
2015-10-15 14:29
Money laundering.
2015-10-15 13:59
2015-10-15 15:24
Thats just sick..sick I tell ya n00bs!
2015-10-15 13:59
New era.. I'm really proud for that. For E-Sport, for Russia. For VP. Peace!
2015-10-15 14:04
this article is unclear--did USM acquire Virtus Pro for an undisclosed sum, and are they then fleshing out a gaming division (of which Virtus Pro would be a part, perhaps even its branding) with a 100 million investment? As prominent as Virtus Pro is a brand, they could surely be acquired for much less than 100 million
2015-10-15 14:04
Estonia swag420weed 
Invested in company, which means VP as org got 100m and USM got some % of company
2015-10-15 14:21
that would only make sense if VP had a > 100 million USD valuation. I can GUARANTEE you they don't.
2015-10-15 14:30
Estonia swag420weed 
So you are saying that investing 100m makes no sense at all? Tbh it is as stupid as investing millions of dollars in football clubs and earning no profit like billionaires have done for years...
2015-10-15 15:20
I definitely don't think VP has a 100 mil valuation but what do I know. Those guys at USM holdings sure know how to make money.
2015-10-15 17:03
From my understanding the USM group is not taking over, it's an investement not a purchase.
2015-10-15 14:38
Russia's richest man is a muslim, take that boys
2015-10-15 14:12
russia's richest man is vladimir potanin not usmanov
2015-10-15 15:12
I dont think its a good sign for esports because where people talk enormous amount of money like 100m dolars,it a sign corruption and greed will grow in there too. its a begining of end of pleasure like in football.
2015-10-15 14:12
How is football crumbling when its at a high point in the history of its game? Players we get to witness in football: Hazard/Neymar/Suarez/Ronaldo/Messi/+ 50-100 more and you are crying about money ruining things.
2015-10-15 14:55
how old are you? Do you think FIFA and UEFA is totally clean and blanced with all of theese astronomic money funds? cheats,mafia,illagals bets,blackmoney,match throws by players,sold referees...they will ruin esports in future too with theese acts. If there is money,there is no fair pleasure,Only rich's.
2015-10-15 15:26
+100000000... End of esports... Cheating will get bigger and bigger... Ita not like cologne had no cheaters but in near future there will be almost 100% cheaters... Like this usmanov wont call ko1n or this german guy and say.. "listen! 10mio dollar for you, you are fulltime coding for us and youll always make 100% sure the cheat is up to date! Offline tournament bypass guaranteed?" ko1n "sure boss not a big deal for me"
2015-10-15 16:26
Hazard/Neymar/Suarez wtf? Nonamers by comparison. Please don't mention them in the same sentence as Ronaldi and Messi.
2015-10-15 18:27
2015-10-15 14:17
"E-sport is a joke" K then ;)
2015-10-15 14:19
if the make a esports arena in russia, who will go there ?? once you cross the border into russia, putin`s army will draft you and send you to siria :( no kappa
2015-10-15 14:20
3rd word rekt rest again
2015-10-15 14:20
puh thats alot of skinssssss
2015-10-15 14:22
it's raining money!!!!
2015-10-15 14:26
Hmmm... so thats why Usmanov doesnt spend too much money on Arsenal ?! LOL
2015-10-15 14:26
South Africa kHYRR73 
he is not allowed. He cannot even enter the directors board, he wants it..but current owners don't want to sell anything, and him to be in the team.
2015-10-15 21:39
soon Putin will be fixing results in majors
2015-10-15 14:28
Im Vlad these guys got the money to Putin the bank
2015-10-15 14:35
United States MadCl0wN 
finnaly pasha can afford his new house :D
2015-10-15 14:42
next idiot who cant read... ops
2015-10-15 14:51
United States MadCl0wN 
read again my post KAPPPA
2015-10-15 15:37
Hungary raffai 
eSport going to a new level! :)
2015-10-15 14:48
100M or 100m?
2015-10-15 14:49
Repeat ten times as fast as possible: 1 billion in gold bullion
2015-10-15 15:04
SpawN | 
Poland SZPERNi 
no more throw by VP :) all in on them everytime !
2015-10-15 14:51
next idiot who cant read... ops
2015-10-15 14:52
SpawN | 
Poland SZPERNi 
wave flag
2015-10-15 15:02
Pasha can now buy even more sport energy drinks, to train his biceps
2015-10-15 14:55
Can they clone 5 snax now?
2015-10-15 14:57
Lucky pasha , cyka blayt
2015-10-15 15:02
What up now Fabio Capello?
2015-10-15 15:06
Pasha probably is the luckiest guy in esport.
2015-10-15 15:13
this money isn't invested so their players get millions themselves
2015-10-15 15:26
And why do we only have 250k prize pools?
2015-10-15 15:25
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
coz gaben need to eat
2015-10-15 15:32
dat money
2015-10-15 15:30
You guys should read the article first "that could exceed the $100 million mark." "The investment will be used by to launch new tournaments, support new games, create media channels and build new esports arenas" Its not even clear he will invest 100m and the article says nothing about csgo. He will probably support russian esports with bigger, better organized events and support russian newcomers, making it easier to become a professional. And in some years, he will profit with money from sponsors etc.
2015-10-15 15:32
In Soviet Union you don't win money, money wins you
2015-10-15 15:37
Russia Shokflow 
2015-10-15 15:39
you guys think each of their players will get 20 millions right ?
2015-10-15 15:41
2015-10-15 18:00
byali, taz, neo, pasha and snax dont get anything out of the money. Its true?
2015-10-15 15:43
They were the highest paid players as of Febuary I think but it all changed. Theyy still get alot of cash..
2015-10-15 15:46
Not directly for sure. They are not the reason why organization/company got 100+ million investment. Byali, taz, neo, pasha and snax are just regular employees in They do their job, they are getting paid for their job. But they can "feel" this money indirectly - management can decide to increase CS:GO team quarter/yearly budget, for example, they will invest $10 000 more so players will be living in better hotels during tournaments. Hope you got it.
2015-10-15 15:50
Sweden mrarrogant 
they already have contract until 2017 i think so nope, no need to renew contract either
2015-10-15 15:57
I think contracts last until january 2016 (it was 2 years, and they joined in january 2014)
2015-10-15 16:52
thanks for the clarification
2015-10-15 19:51
soon: "Virtus.Pro to host 10.000.000 tournament"
2015-10-15 15:55
100 millions holy moly
2015-10-15 15:58
Instead of supporting they could try to buy Valve. wouuld be better imo
2015-10-15 15:58
+1 ib4 update valve adds shield
2015-10-15 16:08
I'm pretty sure valve is worth more than 100 million
2015-10-15 17:05
its been valuated in the multi billions I believe.
2015-10-15 18:51
GabeN will never sell Valve or even make it a public company because investors would ruin it. They have an awesome and unique way of thinking and doing things that must not be changed.
2015-10-16 13:58
yeah country's economy and citizens are fucked by those old fuckers who run all the shit and give half of Russias money to shitSports i love this moron country. putin is love.
2015-10-15 16:17
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Poland Jaruzel 
And still no 1 mln $ majors, this is a joke.
2015-10-15 16:20
$100,000,000 is just 0.68% of Usmanov's net worth i know he didn't front this from his own pocket, but damn it puts into perspective how fuckin rich that guy is
2015-10-15 16:25
lol this Arsenal guy wants to buy VP xDDDDDDDDDDD
2015-10-15 16:31
This is not good at all my friends. Dota2, league of legends will make a step forward while in csgo cheating will get bigger and bigger! Im 100% sure some people cheated at cologne.. People saying its super good anti cheat control should fuck themselfs... You dont see these hacks! Its a small aim assist and you cant see it with human eyes. And im sure that with more and more money in the business, people like this russian usmanov will call some of the best coders and tell them "yo, need a lan aproved cheat, here is your 10milllion dollar, fulltime coder, can you guarantee there will be no problems?" coder "10mio dollar? Youll get the cheat tonight boss!"
2015-10-15 16:32
Russia Dmitrii1992 
i agree my friend they run everything we have nowhere to run cry for mercy
2015-10-15 17:25
I see your troll.. But its real face the fact
2015-10-15 17:33
Russia Dmitrii1992 
your delusion is funny xD
2015-10-15 21:32
its not delusion.. you are just stupid to think everyone was clean last major... well known cheat coder said there are people cheating on majors
2015-10-16 01:30
Russia Dmitrii1992 
as if a well know cheat coder means shit he probably just said anything to advertise his services
2015-10-16 04:01
cheaters are all around ;)
2015-10-16 04:36
hello mak0r aka top ranking. fucking trash. esl have publicized all the steps they take to prevent cheating. it's not possible there. but of course you believe in santa without any reasoning or facts whatsoever.
2015-10-15 18:23
holy molly
2015-10-15 16:35
"that could exceed the $100 million mark." Oh Jesus...
2015-10-15 16:35
this guy owns like.. 20% of arsenal football club
2015-10-15 16:43
Sweden Donger89 
russia too strong
2015-10-15 16:47
Whaaat? Worst TOP10 team and it gets those money, omg :D
2015-10-15 16:52
Russia Dmitrii1992 
virtus pro team inst only about csgo you idiot
2015-10-15 17:23
yeah, they are. their dota team is trash and there's very little money in dota by comparison for sponsors and the org.
2015-10-15 18:22
LOL what? Dota 2 is the most favorite part of all, he loved the Poles, too, really, but not so much as dota2 composition, and the arena they were going to build after Sneg said, "If Virtus pro will be included in the top 4 international, we will build an arena" They're not logged in the top 4, but it will still be built, there was even a picture during the international when he is on his knees with the Russian flag.they earned per tournament more than Cs of all time. For 70% orgs dota is most important.Dota more popular than cs. And dota in russia is most popular cyber game, not a LOL that 10 popular all over the world, they do not even have their own part of it
2015-10-15 20:16
great news for cs go but i have one question? Why they dont fund russians only MM servers,so finaly csgo MM becomes playable?
2015-10-15 16:56
2015-10-15 17:01
Such big news this day! :D
2015-10-15 17:11
World hrolfur23 
just try not to criticize him, or all of HLTV will be taken down by his Law firm.
2015-10-15 17:17
hahahha, what a moron. this isn't russia. a russian law firm will never have any impact whatsoever in the west, and especially not on a danish company. they will be mocked - not even taken seriously.
2015-10-15 18:21
World hrolfur23 
Way too tired, meant "Legal Team" in referrance to him taking on the time magazine and others.
2015-10-15 18:25
when ur son loves dota2 and wants you to invest into his favorite team :D
2015-10-15 17:18
2015-10-15 17:20
you know these oligarchs are all crooks. maybe he buys VP for $100m to launder money/international tax evasion...
2015-10-15 17:20
Valve is dissapointing the world. Team flags must belong to the organization, not to the country that players are from.
2015-10-15 17:31
fuck the flags, only logo
2015-10-15 17:47
LUq | 
Poland Kurpiszyn 
2015-10-15 17:58
WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? That's the most shitty, obvious nationalistic trashpost I've seen today. The organization doesn't mean shit to ANY followers of VP's CS:GO division. It means less than nothing. The only reason they have a single fan is because of their players, and so it should show that. The bitterness over not having any good Russian teams and barely any players, and therefore wanting 'your' pride of Virtus Pro having the freaking Russian flag, is so pathetic. You're making yourself look like a bitter little Russian.
2015-10-15 18:20
Russia goodjob 
thats why eSports is not quite a sport still.. we're rooting mostly for players, not for teams..
2015-10-16 00:19
GazProm is the most Corrup Company in Russia, it already uses Football Teams to Wash money (Zenith), now that UEFA put some Financial Fairplay rules in Footbal they will change to E-Sports...
2015-10-15 17:35
Good point.
2015-10-15 18:19
nice for vp
2015-10-15 17:36
rip pasha
2015-10-15 17:46
Haha, one guy stole billion dollars to give a part of it to the esports organization. That's so sweet.
2015-10-15 17:49
w0w , nice :) but plz - pasha + michu.
2015-10-15 17:54
jeesssuuuuuuss chriiisssssttttt :O
2015-10-15 17:57
100million what? USD? or japanese yeng or whatever or the Zimbabwean Dollar???? If it is 100million zimbabwean dollars that is about 24242,42 euros. try to look it up :P Zimbabwean dollar is worth nothing.
2015-10-15 17:58
rly? $ <- this is usd americana
2015-10-15 18:10
Croatia worstplaya 
pasha smiling my friend
2015-10-15 18:01
2015-10-15 18:09
??? That has nothing to do whatsoever with it. A teams tier is based on their play and results, and nothing else. That's why SHIT organizations with 100 dollars in savings like SK were considered t1 back in the day.
2015-10-15 18:18
It's sarcasm, bro. You are right and I agree with you. You need 5 t1 players hired by professinal organization to be become top world team. :)
2015-10-15 23:18
lol? who said about cs:go?
2015-10-15 18:45
Great day for esports
2015-10-15 18:20
Also, it's pretty obvious from this post is that what it means is: IF the financial reward is there for the investor, he will continue to fund it with upwards of 100m$. But that's only IF he is convinced he will make more back. This is a very long term project and he could drop it all after like 10m$ if he sees too little financial reward. This is how business works.
2015-10-15 18:26
2015-10-15 18:42
Bro, Just DO It
2015-10-15 19:07
Hmmm... so thats why Usmanov doesn't spend too much money on Arsenal soccer club ?!
2015-10-15 19:14
United Kingdom DuckMoriarty 
holy fuck
2015-10-15 19:21
2015-10-15 19:23
alisher usmanov, arsenal shareholder enters esports god damn this is exciting
2015-10-15 19:32
Inb4 all spent on skins
2015-10-15 19:38
it might be bad for VP players this guy is a close friend with Putin and he might not like the fact that the main team is from Poland :D
2015-10-15 19:48
100m for someone worth 13.2B usd is nothing. for virtus pro this will be huge and inb4 become top 1 because they stop throwing
2015-10-15 20:03
A big step for e-sports
2015-10-15 20:18
doubt the players will see much of this but great for the org
2015-10-15 20:19
lmao how much?
2015-10-15 20:23
100m. wow..
2015-10-15 20:28
money, money, money....
2015-10-15 20:36
the guy who has 15 bilions, 100milions is like a $10 for a avarage man. But still huge for e-sports!
2015-10-15 21:29
He was jailed for six years on fraud charges. He's more like a disgrace to e-sports.
2015-10-15 22:55
This is the guy who invested. Fucking 58th richest man in the world.
2015-10-15 22:50
Nice click bait title Mira Please fuck off.
2015-10-16 00:10
What a waste of money ROFL
2015-10-16 01:20
Get motar2k with u too and its all cool then
2015-10-16 02:45
100M, do the CS players get a cent of that?
2015-10-16 04:19
the CS squad gets two year contracts, now they have a $100m nest egg. VP is looking pretty attractive these days.
2015-10-16 06:45
Is it $USD or other currency unit?
2015-10-16 08:22
Obvious money laundering, but even if only 40% of that money will actually be spent on improving e-sports in Russia, it's all good.
2015-10-16 10:41
this good news, esports>other sports
2015-10-16 13:21
Waiting for Motar's answer
2015-10-16 14:34
62-year-old Russian
2015-10-16 14:40
Putin is gonna buy fnatic
2015-10-16 15:58
I bet he has children or grand children who encouraged him to invest.
2015-10-17 07:36
inb4 taz retires and buys a fucking island to live in
2015-10-17 07:52
bigger esport = more ppl more ppl = more cheaters no vac = vac
2015-10-17 13:56
ST M9 Crimsonweb FN giveaways on VP player streams incoming
2015-10-17 16:27
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