Gambit buy out HObbit for $100,000

After almost ten months on loan, Abay "HObbit" Khasenov has joined Gambit on a permanent basis as the CIS organization bought out his contract from Tengri for $100,000.

The news of the buyout comes shortly after Gambit’s PGL Major Krakow victory in which Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov played an instrumental role, especially in the grand final. The transfer fee, which is $100,000, has become the highest transfer price in the CIS region.

Since Tengri loaned Hobbit to Gambit in October, 2016, Hobbit & company have won DreamHack Winter 2016, DreamHack Austin 2017, and PGL Major Krakow 2017. Gambit have also made the playoffs at the ELEAGUE Major 2017 in January.

HObbit was on loan for almost a year

Alongside his team’s success, Hobbit flourished as an individual under Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko’s command, averaging 1.17 rating (2.0) in all competitions and never averaging below 1.02 rating (2.0) in offline events.

Gambit's lineup consists of:

Kazakhstan Dauren "⁠AdreN⁠" Kystaubayev
Ukraine Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko
Russia Mihail "⁠Dosia⁠" Stolyarov
Kazakhstan Rustem "⁠mou⁠" Telepov
Kazakhstan Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
728
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1156
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1571
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1410
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Denmark RasmusseN
100k? thats a lot considering he was from Tengri Definetly worth it tho.
2017-08-02 16:57
#19
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Kazakhstan JPDragao
Deserved
2017-08-02 16:57
God Hobbit
2017-08-02 17:08
very cheap for a god like him lololol
2017-08-02 16:58
#40
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Poland dGe_GoD
said guy from na xd
2017-08-02 16:58
We always keep running into each other :D
2017-08-02 17:19
True
2017-08-02 17:00
Thats okay for a team like Tengri whos not a known internationally team that will probably never even make anything big in its existence (probably), so no need to get too over excited here, Tengri aint FaZe or something....
2017-08-02 17:22
what? All the players of gambit came from kazakhstan/tengri .all of them is like no name compared to other player until zeus came. And if you didnt understand, the point of this article is they have paid 100k that big amount just for a tier3-5 team . that is the big deal here.
2017-08-02 17:46
lol stopped reading after "all of them were a noob" cya
2017-08-02 17:54
+1
2017-08-02 18:51
lol stopped reading after "And if you didnt understand" cya
2017-08-02 18:51
adren 2nd wcg 2005 never forget
2017-08-03 01:42
cant imagine how hobbit signed such a contract with Tengri. 100k buyout in CIS it means that basically you are stuck with Tengri forever..Unless you win a major.
2017-08-02 17:34
Well, it happened! :D
2017-08-02 18:36
#172
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Portugal Zedonp
Maybe he had a 3y contract and tengri just asked for more money to sell him.
2017-08-02 18:54
Maybe after winning a major tengri org. raised the price?
2017-08-02 18:57
the buyout has nothing to do with the contract hobbit made with tengri. the buyout price is strictly between orgs and how badly gambit wanted him.
2017-08-02 19:10
most contracts have a buyout clause tho
2017-08-02 19:15
i dont think hobbits contract had one. I mean who would have expected that someone wants to buy him out when he signed for tengri?
2017-08-02 19:21
It's standard to have buyout clauses, you follow a template of a player contract, simple. I bet everyone have it. In 1.6 I got handed some player contracts on amateur level, amateurs organizations, no pay check or anything, even they had buyout clauses :O)
2017-08-02 19:39
#198
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Russia razorVJ
Who would have expected that someone wants to buy him out for a hundred fucking grand? That's the real question.
2017-08-02 20:14
#213
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World neomax360
"i dont think hobbits contract had one" LOL. Every Org who signed a player for a period of time will of course include a buyout in case another org want to pick him before the contract end. When you signed a player for 1 year, that means you will have to pay the salary of this player during that 1 year even if he is completely trash. On the other hand you include a buyout that secure that player will play for you during that time. If a team want to break your contract and "steal" your player, then they will have to pay the buyout which is often a dissuasive amount of money. Of course they could negotiate with you to only buy a part of the buyout amount.
2017-08-02 21:31
If you dont have a buyout in the contract doesnt mean the player cant be bought out idiot
2017-08-02 22:39
#226
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World neomax360
Wtf are you meaning ? I guess you want to say "having a buyout in the contract doesnt mean the player cant be bought out idiot" Of course teams can still buy a player even with a buyout. But the buyout is to make sure that if a team want to actually pick your player, then they will have to pay an amount of money (the buyout) or wait until the contract finished if they want to pick the player for free. If your a owner of an org and you sign contract to players without buyout, then you are retarded.
2017-08-02 23:30
Dude its not retared what are you saying.....most players in sports have contracts without buyout clause.....if you have players without buyout clause you can set asking price what you want.....for example Sk can sign cold to 5 year contract and when some1 approach to sign him you can say any amount you want but if you put like 400k buyout than if some team ia willing to pay you can lose him and without buyout you can say to other team that if they want to buy him they need to pay 1,2 or even 5 million
2017-08-03 09:27
If you dont have a buyout in your contract doesnt mean another org can just pick you...
2017-08-03 15:17
Hobbit > Neymar
2017-08-04 10:12
100k for Hobbit? Imagine if was An Elf.
2017-08-02 21:22
#212
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Denmark RasmusseN
n1
2017-08-02 21:27
xDD
2017-08-03 06:36
#270
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Slovakia KristianP
I thing not
2017-08-04 13:19
#2
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Portugal SidneiGama4
what
2017-08-02 16:57
#3
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Poland FitPolak
nice
2017-08-02 16:57
GODbbit
2017-08-02 17:12
#4
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Latvia pumasiK
YES
2017-08-02 16:57
#5
ZywOo | 
Canada pain^
not bad
2017-08-02 16:57
Wut
2017-08-02 16:57
#7
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Czech Republic B0barian
AWESOME <3
2017-08-02 16:57
#8
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
rip major money
2017-08-02 16:57
they've earned 500k .. so if you then think thats a strong line up to earn again and again money 100k are probably peanuts ... or they will at least get the money back in later tournaments ...
2017-08-03 04:22
#247
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United States hehexddd
They made dickton from stickers as well.
2017-08-03 06:53
for sure ... thats the only thing i forgot :D
2017-08-03 11:53
?
2017-08-02 16:57
Wow
2017-08-02 16:57
#16
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Finland kAlluYT
Finally! So happy for both H0bbit and Gambit
2017-08-02 16:57
#18
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Australia .depuTy
thx hobit
2017-08-02 16:57
That moment when you realize that winner of Major had a "standin" while doing it xD
2017-08-02 16:57
#51
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Poland Banan_IDK
It could be the same with KNG :V
2017-08-02 16:58
That would be even greater achievement as they are "rookies" in Major events.
2017-08-02 16:59
10months on loan = stand in? Nah m8 10months cannot be considered as ''stand-in'' even tho he was on loan.
2017-08-02 17:00
He wasn't officially Gambit ;) technically speaking he is a standin.
2017-08-02 17:00
He was officially in Gambit's roster because he was on loan. Now he finally has permanent Contract with Gambit.
2017-08-02 17:01
Stand-in's are not in the official roster Loaned players are.
2017-08-02 17:02
+1
2017-08-02 17:04
"Technically" speaking, he is not a stand-in. Stand-in means "a person who stands in for another, especially in a match or performance; a substitute". Hobbit wasn't "standing in" or "substituting" for another person. Gambit just had the four others contracted as players. He wasn't officially Gambit, I'll agree with you on that part, but he also wasn't really a stand-in.
2017-08-02 17:21
technically speaking you are an idiot
2017-08-02 17:58
#199
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Russia razorVJ
I agree on that one.
2017-08-02 20:17
#104
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Brazil prkz0r
HObbit join date 2016-10-12 dont look like a stand-in
2017-08-02 17:14
wow
2017-08-02 16:57
Fucking finaly YEY
2017-08-02 16:57
gj Gambit
2017-08-02 16:58
WTF 100k?
2017-08-02 16:57
wtf
2017-08-02 16:58
nice!
2017-08-02 16:58
there goes all the money LUL
2017-08-02 16:58
Ez major as a trial
2017-08-02 16:58
just wow
2017-08-02 16:58
#39
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Norway apx-
UNEXPECTED AF :O
2017-08-02 16:58
#41
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Spain Alser
Why wouldn't they haha Tengri actually got a great deal out of the whole thing, even if they had to give up their best player
2017-08-02 16:58
#42
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Norway Phancy11
Unexpected
2017-08-02 16:58
tengri lucky asf
2017-08-02 16:58
#44
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Macedonia EXTOL[t]
To cheap for player like him ..
2017-08-02 16:58
#60
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Germany ssaH
lmao he didnt even was the best player by tengri ( Ramzik )
2017-08-02 16:59
#65
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Macedonia EXTOL[t]
ramz1k is rich boy..
2017-08-02 17:00
#62
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Finland coswell
But if you think about the quality of Tengri as a team, even with Hobbit...
2017-08-02 16:59
#47
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Finland coswell
Tengri knows how to do business :D
2017-08-02 16:58
wow! congratz Hobbit! Nice investment Tengri! we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-08-02 16:58
Why u keep posting that txt in every comment? Loyal, friendly and even smart? Lul. best jk ever. no offence.
2017-08-02 17:02
He's braindead, that's why.
2017-08-02 17:23
finnallly some one said it ty
2017-08-02 19:23
+100 only thing they spam, so useless...
2017-08-03 10:12
#52
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Russia Kamunist
hobbit100k > niko500k?
2017-08-02 16:58
100k LUL
2017-08-02 16:59
Rip major money lul
2017-08-02 16:59
100k win a major 500k didnt. and out of group major
2017-08-02 16:59
NiKo's buyout was less than 200k.
2017-08-02 17:36
NiKo s buyout was for 500k usd
2017-08-02 17:53
No it wasn't it was confirmed later on by the org themselves that they settled for under 200K for NiKo. It was originally reported at 500K which never happened.
2017-08-02 23:50
dont compare Tengri to FaZe
2017-08-02 17:40
Mousesport*
2017-08-02 18:43
cheap
2017-08-02 16:59
did he sign like a 4 year contract with tengri? lol Seems extensive
2017-08-02 16:59
OMG
2017-08-02 16:59
In this major a player on trial, Kng, almost won. And a player on lease, H0bbit, won. That's crazy
2017-08-02 17:01
#68
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Chile nachooww
nice
2017-08-02 17:01
well deserved ;)
2017-08-02 17:01
#72
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Indonesia FinZzz
I'm curious to how much does navi pay for simple.
2017-08-02 17:01
2 ez for Gambit with Major money
2017-08-02 17:01
#79
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Canada Ayton
100k is a steal considering hobbit's performance.
2017-08-02 17:02
Best I can do is 50$.
2017-08-02 17:03
#87
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CIS sergioff
good decision, gl Abay
2017-08-02 17:05
#88
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Faroe Islands YesntNamer
bruh im so happy for h0bbit he looks such an innocent guy so happy to see him being successful pro player <3
2017-08-02 17:05
Expected,but 100k? R.i.P major money
2017-08-02 17:06
#101
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United States ViKaLiBuR
That's a 1/5 of their major prize... Minus taxes of course. But they'll most likely make that 100g back if they do what they did at the major.
2017-08-02 17:13
what are you guys discussing here lol? players' major winning money are not involved in the buyout lol
2017-08-02 17:59
#250
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Slovakia Gramo
Plus sponzors contracts, after winning the major they will make shitton of money from them.
2017-08-03 08:38
100K for Hobbit? FaZe better put the money on the table if they want to sign olofmeister
2017-08-02 17:09
#96
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United States ViKaLiBuR
Waste of money. BAD.
2017-08-02 17:10
Expected from someone whose team couldnt make it thus far... Now Im ready for excuses as you in NA always like to come up with them for any situation that doesnt go in your favor.... though I wont reply to them........ Look at comment #97 and stay positive in your life like that dude haha :)
2017-08-02 18:02
best buyout they could've hoped for such a player
2017-08-02 17:11
PogChamp
2017-08-02 17:12
100k to Tengri?? RiP Major money :/
2017-08-02 17:13
overworthed
2017-08-02 17:14
crazy
2017-08-02 17:15
Do tengri deserve that money tho
2017-08-02 17:16
they got into the major closed qualifiers, they have so many talented players + the organization deserved it. Worked hard =)!
2017-08-03 06:37
That's honestly a good price for someone like HObbit
2017-08-02 17:16
Omg 100k) EZ money for Tengri
2017-08-02 17:18
xd
2017-08-02 17:23
n1 !!!!!
2017-08-02 17:20
Should of bought him out before winning major he would of been like 10K max.
2017-08-02 17:28
#125
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France Deadfish
why you guys so salty, he deserved it, they won the major, and now they want to play together.
2017-08-02 17:33
Now NAVI will buy him for 200K.
2017-08-02 17:38
100.000? tengri? lmao
2017-08-02 17:41
100k a record inside CIS? What's the record outside?
2017-08-02 17:55
#144
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Turkey haram123
100K :O
2017-08-02 18:02
tengri got more money due to this deal they ever got and will. lulz
2017-08-02 18:04
100.000 $ for hobbit [who won a major lately] 24.000.000 $ for Carmelo Anthony [who didn't do anything for years] i think i love basketball tho
2017-08-02 18:14
Navi will pay 500k for ange1 or electronic
2017-08-02 18:16
#152
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Russia AR4ER
Good news! Hobbit is a great player. GL Gambit!
2017-08-02 18:27
really worth it .. that 1v4 and 1v2 clutches made gambit won the major ....
2017-08-02 18:27
inb4 hobbit starts to get worse and worse day by day, lmao
2017-08-02 18:28
#159
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Finland de_suomi
Damn, I thought buy out means they kicked him out. I'm glad it's the opposite. #GambitEra
2017-08-02 18:35
Lel, did Finnish not have the similar words meaning for Buy Out? In my language it's the same, it's like buy everything out of somebody/thing, basically now Gambit own the soul and body of Hobbit now.
2017-08-04 06:51
#272
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Finland de_suomi
Yeah, we have straight translation for that but I might be retarded because I think it means that you're basically paying for getting to kick someone out of the organization. So basically, in this case I think "Gambit buys IN Hobbit" would sound more right.
2017-08-04 19:26
LUL hobbit 100k Cold r$ 1.000.000
2017-08-02 19:05
#181
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Sweden lagcats
lmfao wat
2017-08-02 19:16
top 1 in the World inc
2017-08-02 19:33
nice
2017-08-02 19:36
100k what a joke xaxaxaxaxa
2017-08-02 20:14
Smart move. Buyout after win a major to pay more. Kazahsktan best businessman. ))))))
2017-08-02 20:30
what a king!!
2017-08-02 20:30
Deserved! Hobbit 100 k > Geymar 222 mln.
2017-08-02 20:36
Finally, jeez. I remember even back at cs_summit, some of the casters were discussing how well Hobbit was performing and how much of a downgrade it would be if he had to return to Tengri
2017-08-02 20:39
expensive af
2017-08-02 20:53
that 3k clutch is worth it
2017-08-02 21:40
gg
2017-08-02 21:58
vs Scream and niKo is quite cheap :D
2017-08-02 22:20
Good on him dude, grats to hObbit
2017-08-02 22:37
Deserved
2017-08-02 22:54
worth :)
2017-08-03 00:42
CIS Business 101: 1. Scout a talented player with little fame or monetary value 2. Rent him from his noname org 3. Watch him increase in value 4. Forge him into a crucial part of your team 5. Decide not to buy him out, just keep renting him ... for more money 6. Watch him increase in value even more rapidly as he rises to stardom 7. Buy him out? Nah keep renting him. 8. Qualify for a Major 9. It'd be smart to buy him out at this point, wouldn't it? 10. WOULDN'T IT?! 11. Win a motherfucking Major 12. Buy him out now, for 100 times more than you would have when you rented him initially 13. Drink yourself to death
2017-08-03 00:59
It could be buyout tengri was asking originally was quite high already, not like there is reason otherwise to not make buyout xdd...
2017-08-03 02:30
I say Abay like I'm Hurricane
2017-08-03 01:57
Bout time GamBORAT Gaming.
2017-08-03 02:54
Tbh 100k is not much for a player who was key winning the major for gambit. Sure the owners of tengri are probably clapping their hands but that just shows how little money there is in cs atm.
2017-08-03 03:36
perfect words
2017-08-03 06:38
+1111
2017-08-03 10:08
so Niko=5xHobbit? XD
2017-08-03 03:49
Gambit earned 1.2$ million from stickers. So 100k is no problem.
2017-08-03 06:08
Am I the only one who thinks e-sports organizations are full of bubbles?
2017-08-03 07:32
MVP !
2017-08-03 11:44
well done Gambit, they got a bargain.
2017-08-03 11:55
monster
2017-08-03 12:40
Neymar 222 million hobbit 100 k xd You can buy 2220 hobbits lol
2017-08-03 15:20
Neymar never won major so.
2017-08-04 11:41
hobbit never won ucl but neymar is mge on mm :thinkingemoji:
2017-08-04 15:17
#263
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Australia SUNSPY
Great job by Zeus grooming a young star. We saw how good he can play under pressure when he's confident. Congrats to Gambit, good guys !!
2017-08-03 16:37
+1
2017-08-04 00:53
Bilbo Baggins PogChamp
2017-08-03 20:15
Win major with a stand in. EZ for Gambit.
2017-08-04 10:32
Very nice play for h0bbit best of ak47 player so congturations man!!
2017-08-07 11:55
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