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.

Windigo have not received their $500,000 grand prize from WESG

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:

Bulgaria Valentin "poizon" Vasilev
Bulgaria Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov
Bulgaria Yanko "blocker" Panov
France Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss
Germany Sabit "mirbit" Coktasar

Ukraine 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.

Germany Sabit 'mirbit' Coktasar
Sabit 'mirbit' Coktasar
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
507
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
673
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
wtf RIP windigo
2019-10-31 14:27
#3
wippie | 
Russia Korlenin 
coL Poizon POG
2019-10-31 14:27
OG POIZON NT
2019-10-31 14:27
coL Salary > OG Salary NT
2019-10-31 14:29
OG TEAM > COL TEAM
2019-10-31 14:30
existing team > non-existing team
2019-10-31 14:30
liquipedia.net/dota2/OG back-to-back TI champions nt, coL who?
2019-10-31 14:31
since when was D OMEGALUL TA 2 mentioned LUL
2019-10-31 14:32
u say OG has non-existent team and i prove u wrong)))
2019-10-31 14:33
non-existent COUNTER STRIKE team LUL CS website HELLOOOO
2019-10-31 14:33
LUL NT. Where are the Half Life matches, teams, stats, and news
2019-10-31 14:38
thats what i say, this is not just CS website bruh
2019-10-31 14:54
but it is lul
2019-10-31 14:55
and guess what the category is "OFF-TOPIC" of guess what. CS LUL NT
2019-10-31 14:57
so its not just CS website + the category is Movies LUL
2019-10-31 14:58
if you dont think this is a CS website i really can't help you GG NT
2019-10-31 14:59
only CSGO =/= majorly CSGO
2019-10-31 15:00
maybe i wouldve understoood you if you said OG ORGANIZATION > coL ORGANIZATION. 0/10 English
2019-10-31 15:01
OG ORGANIZATION > COL ORGANIZATION EZ FOR ME
2019-10-31 15:02
International teams are a waste of money.
2019-10-31 15:07
and LOL the only other category thats not related to CS is movies NT
2019-10-31 15:02
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHH NT all HLTV stuff which is guess what. a CS WEBSITE NTNTNTNT
2019-10-31 15:05
#76 nt
2019-10-31 15:24
#48 nt
2019-10-31 15:25
hltv.org/forums/threads/2176511/favorite.. why do u replay to this with half life wtf
2019-10-31 15:26
#145
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
This is a cs website bruh... it was founded in 2004, and back then cs 1.6 was still relevant, and we all know cs 1.6 is a mod for half-life. Therefore Half Life TV. OG is still a non existent cs team
2019-10-31 20:17
#118
YEBAH | 
Russia svelz0r 
N I G G E R
2019-10-31 16:32
reported
2019-10-31 16:45
MEN??????? IQ - 404 NOT FOUND??????????????????????????????????????????????
2019-10-31 14:54
IQ 404 POG
2019-10-31 14:55
Normie
2019-10-31 14:55
#127
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Bulgaria No_1One 
+1
2019-10-31 17:27
#2
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Brazil JMB_17 
RIP windigo! Best team ever. Legends
2019-10-31 14:27
#18
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Brazil JMB_17 
no shame in losing to the best team ever made.
2019-10-31 14:28
True
2019-10-31 14:54
#4
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Russia chebur_ek 
lol wtf
2019-10-31 14:27
#5
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Asia tyrkjaranid 
LMAOO
2019-10-31 14:27
Match fixers
2019-10-31 14:27
#7
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Sweden Martintimell69 
poizon only good player here anyways
2019-10-31 14:27
#9
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
None cars
2019-10-31 14:27
#11
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
KKKKKKK
2019-10-31 14:27
#12
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
WESG SCAM UNEXPECTED
2019-10-31 14:28
ikr wtf half a million dollars
2019-10-31 17:11
#136
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Spain N0Love 
Typical chinese scumbags
2019-10-31 18:27
very sad
2019-10-31 14:28
#14
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Germany Marcimeister 
Sad for Hadji and Mirbit
2019-10-31 14:28
Match fix but no money LOL
2019-10-31 14:28
#120
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Europe Nomarosa 
So you're one of those screaming match fix at everything huh...
2019-10-31 16:35
FUCK ME
2019-10-31 14:28
Haha sad1 change ur name now
2019-10-31 17:29
#17
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Europe SteffeM 
What the actual fuck? How can they never received the money from these tournaments? This is fucking absurd
2019-10-31 14:28
Yup
2019-10-31 14:29
#20
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Brazil Dyones100 
F
2019-10-31 14:29
about time
2019-10-31 14:29
#22
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China serdim 
RIP
2019-10-31 14:29
#24
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Finland J3bediah 
What a surprise. WESG not paying a dime. How are those people still allowed to operate in the industry?
2019-10-31 14:29
#138
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Spain N0Love 
And people asking why all the tier1 teams didnt want to go WESG 2017 and 2018 despite the absurd money prize...
2019-10-31 18:31
#143
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Finland J3bediah 
Yeah what a joke
2019-10-31 20:09
What kind of assholes don't pay the money for that long Fucking bullshit The windigo lineup with vactor was fun to watch, shame they failed to make the last major
2019-10-31 14:29
That really sucks :(((
2019-10-31 14:30
WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS? fuvk this!!! this is my favorite team
2019-10-31 14:30
WESG SCAM
2019-10-31 14:30
#31
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Finland Faust_fSt 
This was pretty obviously coming ever since they added hAdji
2019-10-31 14:31
Bro what the fuck is wesg doing
2019-10-31 14:31
#34
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Ukraine ksay 
WTF WESG I wonder if Fnatic got their money from WESG2017
2019-10-31 14:32
#35
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United Kingdom alcazar4 
crazy
2019-10-31 14:31
WESG GO SUCK WINNIE THE POOH'S DONG CORRUPT FUCKS
2019-10-31 14:32
#38
gla1ve | 
Australia oce 
This is actual scum from event organizers. Not only one event but SEVEN FUCKING EVENTS? why is their no deadline for event organizers to pay the teams who fucking won? why don't valve step up? this is in utter fucking bullshit Orgs need to make money somehow.
2019-10-31 14:32
#149
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Australia Chereska 
In a reddit ama, the head of Windigo said that the deadline for wesg was october 8 and nothing had come through
2019-11-01 00:14
#150
gla1ve | 
Australia oce 
What a fcking joke
2019-11-01 02:41
#151
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Australia Chereska 
ikr
2019-11-01 03:16
WESG and dont paying money Name more iconic duo
2019-10-31 14:32
GESC indonesia (dota tournament) not paying money
2019-11-02 06:07
#40
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North America davidbowie22 
wtf why didnt wesg pay them
2019-10-31 14:32
#42
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United States Fanta_Boy 
Rip In Peace
2019-10-31 14:33
WESG has the shittiest organization for a big prize pool tournament I've ever seen and you guys are surprised they don't even pay their prizes?
2019-10-31 14:34
#46
takej | 
Japan Inliving 
Pay ur goddamn price pool ching chong
2019-10-31 14:35
WESG confirming its a fcuking scam once again XD
2019-10-31 14:35
#49
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China serdim 
They dont get the wesg prize money due to China foreign exchange control. Fnatic got WESG 2017 prize money in late 2018.
2019-10-31 14:36
So basically it was a horrible idea to hold the event in China as many stated when it was announced?
2019-10-31 14:42
#62
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China serdim 
The problem is that wesg organizer is a mainland China company. So they need time to accumulate enough American dollars for the prize money under the control of goverment.
2019-10-31 14:50
#83
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Germany leftist 
#56
2019-10-31 15:02
who cars
2019-10-31 14:37
#51
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India ROFLaala 
Wesg,okay ESL TOO?
2019-10-31 14:38
Shouldve throw more!
2019-10-31 14:39
I find it hard to believe that they received no money from these tournaments unless they signed something that gave the organizer an amount of time to pay out the prize money. Even then, it has been a long time for WESG not to pay the winners
2019-10-31 14:39
#59
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
I think WESG has a history of not paying orgs
2019-10-31 14:43
#54
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
Shitty way to go...
2019-10-31 14:39
Ripdigo
2019-10-31 14:40
Nice niccname
2019-10-31 15:48
#57
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Europe Real_Men 
WESG is biggest scam ever
2019-10-31 14:42
#58
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United Kingdom bruhmusmummus 
wtf 500,000 that's bullshit, they should get paid that shit fast
2019-10-31 14:42
RIP😢 it was a cool team
2019-10-31 14:45
Just yet another reason China sucks
2019-10-31 14:48
#63
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India JW_BesTesT 
Bestest team is dead 😭
2019-10-31 14:50
RIP mirbit
2019-10-31 14:51
#65
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
this is sad happens..
2019-10-31 14:52
expected
2019-10-31 14:54
Organizers need to get their crap together, its 2020, organizations need to be forced to pay out within a certain amount of tome and if they fail to do it then legal action needs to take place against them! Imho.
2019-10-31 14:54
I agree. It's unacceptable that orgs put so much time and money into teams and events only to not get their winnings and tournament organisers need to be reprimanded.
2019-10-31 15:23
rip
2019-10-31 14:54
#75
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
" 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."
2019-10-31 14:56
expected from winnie the pooh wesg
2019-10-31 14:58
#86
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Germany leftist 
expected from wesg, the scam chinese organization
2019-10-31 15:02
#87
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Canada ZHF 
Oh no whaaaaat :(
2019-10-31 15:02
Expected but WE WUZ MOR BULGARIANS IN CSGO
2019-10-31 15:07
#92
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Poland Hanse 
RIP, really enjoyable team to watch, killed by money and overbuying
2019-10-31 15:07
#94
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Denmark d1ckweed 
It’s a sad end, but the players should be proud of what they did. A huge event win. They will find a new home soon, although they are likely to split.
2019-10-31 15:11
#95
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Switzerland x676 
did they at least cash out with poizon transfer ? lul
2019-10-31 15:15
#97
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Europe jvesper 
NIP took their money
2019-10-31 15:21
#102
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Typical scumbag WESG... Windigo for once actually win something that is somewhat relevant and they get f*cked with the payment. But what about ESL and Moche...? Smells like Windigo is also pretty scummy to me, which I'm not surprised at all. I'm just happy poizon will finally be free from this ELO hell and he will be able to prove himself against real competition, he deserves so much better than this. I'd put him on the same level as CeRq, easily tier1 material, given a solid team around him.
2019-10-31 15:29
#144
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Finland J3bediah 
+1
2019-10-31 20:10
Imagine winning these amounts of money and not receiving them. I am without words tbh, they were a top 20 team without problems. 2020 already and organizers are like this.
2019-10-31 15:29
Expected disband
2019-10-31 15:31
fuck wesg... ESL is DOGSHIT. Pay the fucking money ya monkeys.
2019-10-31 15:33
#106
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United States EmperorTrump 
Imagine sucking Chinese dicks to participate in WESG and not getting paid after all. Fuck China, free Hong Kong.
2019-10-31 15:35
#107
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Other SpriteCS 
This is fucked up dude...
2019-10-31 15:39
#108
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Brazil NahT_ 
F
2019-10-31 15:40
Players received their money as far as I know. The org probably didnt. Good riddance anyways, these people have no idea what they're doing ukranian monkey brains.
2019-10-31 15:41
That’s rude :c
2019-11-01 17:13
10 IQ SHITTEST ORGANIZATION.
2019-10-31 15:45
LUL
2019-10-31 16:04
#113
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Turkey berkovic 
RİP
2019-10-31 16:13
Sad, RIP
2019-10-31 16:15
expected after they decide to go international, that was 10 iq decision
2019-10-31 16:16
wtf how are TO's still not paying prizes?? deserve to be hanged if they are deliberate
2019-10-31 16:27
#117
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France J0riS 
Windigo have not received their $500,000 grand prize from WESG WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
2019-10-31 16:29
Noic scam wesg
2019-10-31 16:33
#121
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Europe Vallon3 
WHAT??????? They haven't been paid yet? FUCK. CHINA. Rip Windigo.
2019-10-31 16:38
#123
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Bulgaria goshyy 
Its because the autistic ORG decided to get rid of the old Bulgarian lineup that WON WESG 2018! They were consistently in Top 10-20 and they had a very solid lineup but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO lets get rid of one very good lineup and bring some good talents that will make the chemistry go SHIT. :CLAP CLAP CLAP:
2019-10-31 16:51
#124
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United States ferric 
Undeserved :( Also fk WESG How do you fk up half a million fkin US dollars?
2019-10-31 16:59
#126
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Sweden swedz3 
+1 Monkeys
2019-10-31 17:26
#128
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Bulgaria No_1One 
finally
2019-10-31 17:29
expected
2019-10-31 17:34
chinese mafia
2019-10-31 17:44
#132
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France Soonz 
"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." Weird, transferred again on the Windigo CEO's offshore bank account ?
2019-10-31 17:58
#133
CeRq | 
Canada KeiiYos 
I am not attacking anyone but I think windigo are lieing about the prize money not being given to them. I find it really hard to believe that half a year after windigo won wesg, they haven't received their money but everyone else in the tournament (ago,fnatic,g2,mibr...) have. Also windigo said that moche xl hasn't given them the 40k which was later confirmed that the money were send from moche's side but refused fron windigo's side
2019-10-31 17:58
#133
CeRq | 
Canada KeiiYos 
I am not attacking anyone but I think windigo are lieing about the prize money not being given to them. I find it really hard to believe that half a year after windigo won wesg, they haven't received their money but everyone else in the tournament (ago,fnatic,g2,mibr...) have. Also windigo said that moche xl hasn't given them the 40k which was later confirmed that the money were send from moche's side but refused fron windigo's side
2019-10-31 17:58
#135
CeRq | 
Canada KeiiYos 
I am not attacking anyone but I think windigo are lieing about the prize money not being given to them. I find it really hard to believe that half a year after windigo won wesg, they haven't received their money but everyone else in the tournament (ago,fnatic,g2,mibr...) have. Also windigo said that moche xl hasn't given them the 40k which was later confirmed that the money were send from moche's side but refused from windigo's side.
2019-10-31 17:59
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.
2019-10-31 18:29
Vince came out and said a couple of days ago he's been waiting months for some events to pay him. This wouldn't be a shock if Windigo are still waiting for prize money
2019-10-31 18:36
#148
CeRq | 
Canada KeiiYos 
Yeah but second and third place got their money so whats with windigo not receiving them?
2019-10-31 23:08
less money than what Windigo won... if they did get paid WESG could easily come out and prove it
2019-11-01 10:38
Very sad i hope they find a new home soon
2019-10-31 18:39
This was to be expected due to the retarded Windigo CEO with his non sense decisions and poor management
2019-10-31 20:04
if you dont know the full story then dont be a internet talking hater
2019-11-01 18:05
#142
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Sweden meistr0 
Dont join coL Poizon <.< Join OG please.
2019-10-31 20:05
#146
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Brazil parrud0www 
Sad
2019-10-31 21:24
I would not be surprised if the players haven't been paid for a while either. Remember the case with an ex Windigo player (Spellan i believe) where he accused the CEO of Windigo of not being paid.
2019-10-31 21:46
Wesg scammed them?
2019-11-01 17:20
well 1million dollar prize money for a tournament that wasn't even livestream was always fishy...
2019-11-01 23:38
Another trash team dissapears
2019-11-14 03:35
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