Outlaws lose team
Outlaws and their Counter-Strike team have parted ways, the players have told HLTV.org.
In a statement, team coach Anton "ToH1o" Georgiev explained that the two parties have opted against renewing contracts due to "internal difficulties."
The Bulgarian team had been part of Outlaws, a project launched by betting solutions provider UltraPlay with a view to nurturing young talent, since September 2016.
During their time under Outlaws' banner, the team won back-to-back ESL South East Europe Championship seasons and also CEVO Season 12 Main, and placed second at Assembly Winter 2016, in Helsinki.
"We have only positive things to say about Outlaws and UltraPlay as a company supporting this project," Georgiev told HLTV.org.
"We wish them the best of luck in their new esports projects in the future.
"We are now teamless, and if anyone is interested you can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
The news represents yet another blow for Outlaws, who recently criticised NRG over fielding Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov in official matches without a transfer fee having been agreed, with the player's legal representative then stating that his client was not officially tied to the Bulgarian organisation.
Meanwhile, Ultra Play has released a statement confirming that the players have been released from their contracts, with team manager Lachezar Lazarov stating that the organisation is looking for new opportunities in the Counter-Strike scene.
"Following our mission to enrich the eSports ecosystem in Central and Eastern European region, we have invested a lot in our esports Academy as supporting the CS:GO team Outlaws," Outlaws manager Lachezar Lazarov said in a statement.
"We are proud of our achievements and the CS:GO talents we have supported to improve and find their way on the professional CS:GO scene.
"Now, we look for better opportunities for our esports Academy and have plans to further develop our eSports brand Outlaws."
Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov & co are now in a hurry to find a new home, with the team due to travel to Denmark next week to compete at Cross Border Esport 2017, which will have over $15,000 in prize money.
The Bulgarian team have the following line-up:
Anton "ToH1o" Georgiev (coach)