After a year of waiting, Windigo finally receive WESG prize

Windigo have finally received their prize pool share from the WESG 2018 Finals, the organisation has said.

Artur Yermolayev, one of Windigo's founders and owners, told HLTV.org that the team's share of the $500,000 prize pool has already been wired to the players and expressed his happiness that this matter has been settled.

This came after a story by HLTV.org brought to light how Windigo – who closed their doors in October 2019 because of cash-flow issues – and the players who represented the team at the WESG event in Chongqing were growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of updates from the Chinese tournament organiser about the prize money payment.

The money has already been wired to the players, Windigo say

In a statement to HLTV.org, a WESG representative had stressed that the company remained "in constant communication with Windigo to resolve the payment issues" and blamed bank regulations and the coronavirus pandemic for the delay.

The players who won the WESG 2018 title have had very different fortunes since going their separate ways. The two star members of the team, Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev and Georgi "⁠SHiPZ⁠" Grigorov, were respectively transferred to Complexity and CR4ZY – who later sold their roster to c0ntact. Kamen "⁠bubble⁠" Kostadinov is currently competing internationally with SMASH, while Yanko "⁠blocker⁠" Panov is representing BLUEJAYS. Viktor "⁠v1c7oR⁠" Dyankov is still a free player and has been seen competing in online qualifiers alongside other Bulgarian players.

WESG has yet to provide an update on the 2019 World Finals, for which teams like North, Heroic, Chaos and Spirit have already qualified through regional and national tournaments. The company's latest announcement was made on January 22, when it was revealed that the Asia-Pacific Finals, scheduled for February 16-18 in Macau, would not go ahead as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bulgaria Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
847
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1683
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1033
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1541
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
889
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
nice
2020-05-01 14:36
finally
2020-05-01 14:36
Pogchamp
2020-05-01 14:37
PogU
2020-05-01 14:37
stonKs
2020-05-01 14:53
Wholesome 100 KEANU Chungus 100
2020-05-01 18:02
BREATHTAKING 100
2020-05-11 08:18
Finally!
2020-05-01 21:50
#232
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Finland Hietsu
nice name +1
2020-05-03 13:39
#2
Thomas | 
Malaysia 1st
nice
2020-05-01 14:36
#123
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Europe chespiZ
100k each?
2020-05-01 15:45
10k each and the rest 450k goes to the CEO
2020-05-01 15:57
yeah, atleast if i was the ceo i would make players to sign a contract like that :D
2020-05-01 16:07
This is Bułgaria, not israel
2020-05-01 16:07
So 500k go to CEO?
2020-05-01 16:26
Yis)
2020-05-01 17:57
what a fucking scam
2020-05-01 19:31
jew logic lul
2020-05-02 05:34
Reported polack fakeflagger
2020-05-03 13:32
#3
Kriegs | 
Asia rehzy
yay
2020-05-01 14:36
POOOOOG
2020-05-01 14:36
#5
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India OOFmiester
Finally
2020-05-01 14:36
Does this mean that we Will see a new windigo roster?
2020-05-01 14:36
#32
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Denmark Jeffersond
Why?
2020-05-01 14:40
Because the org has money now? A share will go to the players, but Windigo should have the funds to buy a new team now, if they wanted to do so.
2020-05-01 15:51
the money doesn't go to the org it goes to the players
2020-05-01 17:07
Not all of it
2020-05-02 03:04
lmao, atleast half of that prize pool goes to org
2020-05-09 20:34
#7
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Japan pawbeast
don't be shy put some more
2020-05-01 14:36
Shut up James
2020-05-01 15:12
#9
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Nice
2020-05-01 14:36
nice
2020-05-01 14:36
!China
2020-05-01 14:37
#13
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Korea thr33o
Congrats!
2020-05-01 14:37
thats such a poggers moment
2020-05-01 14:37
wp
2020-05-01 14:37
expected
2020-05-01 14:37
how much?
2020-05-01 14:37
#24
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Sweden swedz4
I lost 5 dollars :/// throwing dogs
2020-05-01 14:39
#102
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Czech Republic Guczy
500k $
2020-05-01 15:17
damn
2020-05-01 15:17
#19
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Serbia d1ckson
NICE
2020-05-01 14:38
Finally Bulgarian economy rose by 20%
2020-05-01 14:38
KEKW
2020-05-01 14:39
xaxaxaxaxa
2020-05-01 14:55
Lmfao
2020-05-01 14:58
hahahahaha
2020-05-01 15:02
LUL
2020-05-01 15:03
lul
2020-05-01 15:05
lmaooo
2020-05-01 15:16
no it didnt - the government could try stealing this as well. And don't laugh at us being poor, because the Canadian gold miner companies are the wealthiest because of our land, sold to them very cheap from our corrupted mafia government.
2020-05-01 15:36
Bro , it's a joke , you can't take a cunt with a EU flag seriously ...
2020-05-01 15:40
Sorry, jokes like that hit very had :/
2020-05-01 15:42
Yeah , I know how you feel , Serbia is in an even worse position regarding that xD
2020-05-01 15:46
This is a bad competition :D
2020-05-01 16:19
#133
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Canada cLutcheR7
hahahha show ur country mens
2020-05-01 15:53
xD
2020-05-01 22:34
lmfao xaxaxaxaxaxa
2020-05-02 07:03
Xaxaxaxa
2020-05-03 13:33
LMAO
2020-05-11 08:23
about time LULZ
2020-05-01 14:38
#23
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Czech Republic Fugabarba
ok
2020-05-01 14:39
Nice, finally
2020-05-01 14:39
#28
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Ukraine YUR4S
finaly this happens
2020-05-01 14:40
#29
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World Criscito
They are rich now
2020-05-01 14:40
#30
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Poland misioneos
finally they create legal bank accounts XD
2020-05-01 14:40
xaxaxaxa
2020-05-01 16:24
Aaayyyy lmao
2020-05-01 17:13
poggers gz
2020-05-01 14:40
Finally
2020-05-01 14:42
Finally
2020-05-01 14:43
#36
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Mexico AslaN_
Nice
2020-05-01 14:43
niiiiiiiiiiiiiice
2020-05-01 14:43
#38
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Bulgaria goshyy
Yay! Finally <3
2020-05-01 14:43
Nice
2020-05-01 14:44
I assume the HLTV article raised some awareness and added pressure on WESG to sort it out. Glad it panned out.
2020-05-01 14:44
#88
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Australia csRIOTgo
wasn't it Windigo's end too in a way? Since other teams have received their money. Maybe money laundering system activated since gypsies rarely seen that kind of money lul
2020-05-01 15:03
I am sure Windigo messed up to some extent too, apparently having a weird connections through having banks and accounts all over the world. But I would still blame WESG more for this problem.
2020-05-01 15:05
reported we are proud nation, not some mix-ups like you. Check history - get educated - and don't laugh at our current situation, because you have no idea what we are going through, getting rules by the worst-kind of mafia (if you speak against it they find you in a dumpster or they never will). We are poor, because everybody favors from our riches, except us. Its horrific situation and you should be ashamed of your comment.
2020-05-01 15:39
well said
2020-05-01 16:34
Thank you!
2020-05-01 16:55
I'm sorry to hear that, did not think it was that bad. I hope it gets better soon, take care bud!
2020-05-01 17:17
Thank you! Will do our best! Thank you again - means a lot :)
2020-05-01 19:01
proud and f*cked up, clever... but GL with that pride of yours, mate
2020-05-11 03:08
Youre literally mix of europeans and slaves. Genetic scum
2020-05-01 16:20
You remember what Hitler said about slavs :D? xaxaxaxaxaxa. The English are arrogant for a reason, they're the best in Europe. Have been for like 700 years lmao
2020-05-02 04:02
lol we had thriving kingdoms while the englandos didn't even have a city
2020-05-11 10:06
You have more gypsies in AUS then we so stfu!
2020-05-01 17:43
Australian says that LUL Your nation is mostly asians, muslims and indians.
2020-05-02 03:00
#215
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Australia csRIOTgo
omg I thought I was trolling Bra71Lians for a sec... LOOLLLL similar reactions Chill mens, wishing your country the best mens ))
2020-05-02 03:55
Nation of ex British criminals yikes
2020-05-03 13:35
fInAlLy
2020-05-01 14:44
#44
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Europe LoookATme
LMAO whahaahahahah h
2020-05-01 14:44
yeah prolly victor is happy af now
2020-05-01 14:44
I would be so happy if i was waking up and see the messages YOU GOT 100K OF DOLLARS ON YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
2020-05-01 14:54
#46
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North America Neshie
Poggers, so happy for them.
2020-05-01 14:45
#48
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China hdgamerrr
Finally,Its Fking embarrassing.
2020-05-01 14:45
shame china . Poizon, Shipz time to hang out
2020-05-01 14:46
Pog
2020-05-01 14:47
Nice, Vactr0r will buy whole Bulgaria now
2020-05-01 14:47
losing respect to Kazakhs. We considered you as a friendly nation.
2020-05-01 15:41
Calm down dude, didn't mean nothing bad
2020-05-01 15:55
Even tho I myself am not fond of Kazakhs, it’s weird to judge the whole nation cuz of 1 comment
2020-05-01 16:46
nah i just gave him a hint for the joke - love Kazakhstan as well as Poland. Poladzy to dobje ludzie - if i spelled that correctly.
2020-05-01 16:54
Well, that’s understandable, it’s actually right except for some letters (Polacy to dobrzy ludzie)
2020-05-01 22:32
thank you for correction! Will remember it for next time :)
2020-05-02 08:45
cocaine and hookers my friend
2020-05-01 14:47
good job hltv!
2020-05-01 14:49
Finally
2020-05-01 14:50
#56
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Syria LONE_8122
POGCHAMP
2020-05-01 14:51
ez for VAC7oR
2020-05-01 14:51
Gj
2020-05-01 14:51
100k per person not bad
2020-05-01 14:51
#73
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Mongolia Sythapilla
No sry. Players will get 60k max.
2020-05-01 14:55
60k still enough to live 2 years with no troubles lol
2020-05-01 15:19
you can leave up to 5-6 years if you manage your money well and you live in a cheap country
2020-05-02 00:26
GG BOYS
2020-05-01 14:52
#61
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Brazil Lostty
Finally uhuuuuuul
2020-05-01 14:52
Windigo top1 soon
2020-05-01 14:53
WE MOVE
2020-05-01 14:53
enjoy
2020-05-01 14:53
good
2020-05-01 14:54
after 1 year POG BEST TOURN
2020-05-01 14:54
#69
kennyS | 
Russia yus1
kurs $ podsko4il, windigo: stonks
2020-05-01 14:54
freecurrencyrates.com/ru/exchange-rate-h.. Eto nazivaetsya ruble upal, a ne dollar podnyalsya
2020-05-02 00:44
+1
2020-05-03 13:36
#70
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Bulgaria gosholin
nice, finally!!
2020-05-01 14:54
HLTV OP
2020-05-01 14:54
#74
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Serbia bakedcs
Poggies
2020-05-01 14:57
#75
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Estonia Sannu98
noice better late than never
2020-05-01 14:57
finally XD
2020-05-01 14:57
deserved
2020-05-01 14:58
#78
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Lebanon Dogman69
nice, v1c7or won't starve to death now
2020-05-01 14:58
Undeserved
2020-05-01 14:58
#80
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Finland Cucumber))
Finally honestly feel good for the players
2020-05-01 14:58
worth lul
2020-05-01 14:58
Finally! Movistar Riders will win the next edition!
2020-05-01 15:01
they rich now
2020-05-01 15:03
Noice
2020-05-01 15:09
#94
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Ukraine ksay
that's very nice life changing money for bulgarians
2020-05-01 15:09
#96
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Poland ryhupeja
Good for v1c7or as he was living off savings.
2020-05-01 15:11
finally. Happy for Bulgarians :D
2020-05-01 15:13
Thank you! :)
2020-05-01 16:58
congrats
2020-05-01 15:14
#100
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Sweden Trkmag
Nice
2020-05-01 15:16
nice mens)))
2020-05-01 15:21
€: nais
2020-05-01 15:26
pog
2020-05-01 15:27
poizon, richest t2 player
2020-05-01 15:27
true haha
2020-05-01 15:34
Veri naise
2020-05-01 15:28
nice
2020-05-01 15:29
Great! Better late than never but never late is better.
2020-05-01 15:34
better late than never....i just wonder what would have happened if all of the big sites didnt pick up the story and didnt make a big deal out of it....would WESG have ended up paying the prize pool or would they have let it slide quietly to nowhereland??? gg
2020-05-01 15:34
nice
2020-05-01 15:35
nice gg
2020-05-01 15:37
nice now they can go out to a bar and drink a beer to celebrate, oh wait
2020-05-01 15:40
best
2020-05-01 15:43
finally
2020-05-01 15:46
Pog
2020-05-01 15:47
#127
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Singapore Asturobot
Congrats ex-windigo players..
2020-05-01 15:48
good news!
2020-05-01 15:50
Pog they can buy a house now
2020-05-01 15:50
FINALLY POG
2020-05-01 15:50
#131
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Hungary Shiron212
Finally ^^ Congrats
2020-05-01 15:51
#134
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Canada cLutcheR7
Great thank you --_--
2020-05-01 15:53
Props to wesg for not scamming
2020-05-01 15:55
corrupt
2020-05-01 15:55
vere naic
2020-05-01 15:59
#140
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Europe t.o.p
nice!
2020-05-01 16:04
#141
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Bulgaria AboveYall
finally.. congrats boys, well deserved. Better late than never!
2020-05-01 16:05
nice
2020-05-01 16:07
FeelsGoodMan
2020-05-01 16:08
Well deserved
2020-05-01 16:08
really nice to see!
2020-05-01 16:08
fake friends can finaly arise
2020-05-01 16:08
Deserved
2020-05-01 16:11
how much they get each
2020-05-01 16:12
Good shit!
2020-05-01 16:15
100k for everyplayer? they are kings in bulgaria xd
2020-05-01 16:18
Yehey!!!!! So happy for them.
2020-05-01 16:18
wow finally
2020-05-01 16:20
lol a year
2020-05-01 16:22
richest mens in bulgaria now
2020-05-01 16:27
#170
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Brazil Leexo
lul kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-05-01 16:48
they can retire now lul
2020-05-01 16:31
#164
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Denmark Jonasnhj
After HLTV exposed them. haha Fuck WESG
2020-05-01 16:37
well done
2020-05-01 16:39
Who cares? They already made more money than that by throwing and stuff
2020-05-01 16:47
POG, it was about time lol
2020-05-01 16:48
#171
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Brazil oldStar
Rich !
2020-05-01 16:53
lets fucking goo
2020-05-01 17:07
Bulgaria NEW MOST RICHEST PEOPLE LIST: Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov Yanko 'blocker' Panov Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev BALKAN PARTY TODAY
2020-05-01 17:09
#179
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Poland HTMFS
They should pay much more than 500k after year of waiting.
2020-05-01 17:14
ez 4 Windigo, future top 30 team again!
2020-05-01 17:19
Another good reason to boycott China.
2020-05-01 17:25
Their govermenr but not tjeir playwrs and humans u piece of racist satanist shit
2020-05-01 19:02
#185
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Canada GGNORE33
now bubble can easy retire and do something else but not in cs :)
2020-05-01 17:31
Finally. How could that even take so long?
2020-05-01 18:28
Only took 3 hltv posts lmao
2020-05-01 18:46
Chinese lying? But I've been told that never happens
2020-05-01 18:53
Teams should boycott WESG
2020-05-01 19:35
About time
2020-05-01 20:32
Nice
2020-05-01 23:03
thank you HLTV !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2020-05-01 23:44
#210
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Turkey yunus06
good
2020-05-02 02:08
Nice
2020-05-02 02:55
GJ HLTV staff for ur help in this matter.
2020-05-02 02:56
nice cock bro
2020-05-02 03:57
easy for vactor
2020-05-02 09:34
#223
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Europe Cirros_V2
They waited over a year and week after hltv wrote about it they got what they deserve. Gj hltv!
2020-05-02 13:11
ez
2020-05-02 20:17
Nice congratz to the money boys <3
2020-05-03 13:48
Corona virus causing delay... THIS WAS A FULL YEAR AGO WTF
2020-05-04 15:55
crazy how shit that doesnt exist affects money
2020-05-10 13:21
chinese govt does impose stringent regulations on the outflow of dollars. guess it's worth the wait at last. the WESG organizer is affiliated to alibaba so they (hypothetically) value reputation more than $$
2020-05-04 17:33
nice
2020-05-05 07:06
lmao nice
2020-05-05 14:23
Oh havent seen this one I am genuinely happy for the guys, already lost hope for them to receive money lmfao
2020-05-05 14:25
report WESG
2020-05-06 06:32
So WESG actually confirmed that they didnt pay
2020-05-06 22:30
as expected, somehow nobody wants to dirty their organisation with Vactor
2020-05-07 21:03
I hope, even if the 2019 edition goes ahead, all teams refuse to participate in it. Chinese cunts :) GJ Hltv.
2020-05-08 14:54
and blamed bank regulations and the coronavirus pandemic for the delay cunts.
2020-05-10 13:20
Checks out, China also owes 28 trillion dollars to all countries for wuhan laboratory made virus. Probably won't pay up and threaten war.
2020-05-10 15:33
hope players get some they were good upcoming team
2020-05-10 15:36
gj
2020-05-10 19:18
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