Windigo set to cease operations
Maksym Bednarskyi, co-owner of Windigo, has announced that the organization will cease operations amid cash flow problems and the departure of the team's star player.
Windigo will be no more, co-owner Maksym Bednarskyi has announced, in part stemming from cash flow problems due to not receiving several tournaments' payouts. The news also comes mere days after a report was released stating that the team's star AWPer, Valentin "poizon" Vasilev, is to join the ranks of Complexity in the near future.
The statement noted that a transfer deal for poizon has been agreed upon and that news about his future will be announced next week, while the rest of the team and staff will become free agents on November 1st.
One of the main reasons given for the shuttering of the company is that prize money from several tournaments is yet to be paid, including the $500,000 grand prize from the WESG 2018 World Finals celebrated earlier this year in Chongqing, China, as well as prize money from the past season of ESL Pro League and Moche XL Esports.
Mr. Bednarskyi also made an announcement regarding his personal future, in which he hopes to create another Kiev-based organization.
The players that last represented Windigo are:
Aleksandr "Shockwave" Netreba (coach)
UPDATE: E2tech, the company behind Moche XL Esports, contacted HLTV.org clarifying that the prize money was transferred to Windigo on September 23 before being returned due to unknown reasons. The tournament organiser explained that Windigo were the only team with such issues and added that the money has since been transferred again to a different bank account.