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:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
629
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
967
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
nice
2020-05-01 14:36
8 replies
finally
2020-05-01 14:36
5 replies
Pogchamp
2020-05-01 14:37
4 replies
PogU
2020-05-01 14:37
3 replies
stonKs
2020-05-01 14:53
2 replies
Wholesome 100 KEANU Chungus 100
2020-05-01 18:02
1 reply
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
9 replies
#123
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Europe chespiZ
100k each?
2020-05-01 15:45
8 replies
10k each and the rest 450k goes to the CEO
2020-05-01 15:57
7 replies
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
5 replies
So 500k go to CEO?
2020-05-01 16:26
2 replies
Yis)
2020-05-01 17:57
1 reply
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
seized | 
Europe 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
5 replies
#32
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Denmark Jeffersond
Why?
2020-05-01 14:40
4 replies
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
3 replies
the money doesn't go to the org it goes to the players
2020-05-01 17:07
2 replies
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
1 reply
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
3 replies
#24
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Sweden swedz4
I lost 5 dollars :/// throwing dogs
2020-05-01 14:39
#102
rain | 
Czech Republic Guczy
500k $
2020-05-01 15:17
1 reply
damn
2020-05-01 15:17
NICE
2020-05-01 14:38
#20
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Europe skrekc
Finally Bulgarian economy rose by 20%
2020-05-01 14:38
17 replies
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
4 replies
Bro , it's a joke , you can't take a cunt with a EU flag seriously ...
2020-05-01 15:40
3 replies
Sorry, jokes like that hit very had :/
2020-05-01 15:42
2 replies
Yeah , I know how you feel , Serbia is in an even worse position regarding that xD
2020-05-01 15:46
1 reply
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
2 replies
xaxaxaxa
2020-05-01 16:24
Aaayyyy lmao
2020-05-01 17:13
poggers gz
2020-05-01 14:40
Finally
2020-05-01 14:43
#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
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
1 reply
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
6 replies
losing respect to Kazakhs. We considered you as a friendly nation.
2020-05-01 15:41
5 replies
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
3 replies
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
2 replies
Well, that’s understandable, it’s actually right except for some letters (Polacy to dobrzy ludzie)
2020-05-01 22:32
1 reply
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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Ecuador 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
3 replies
#73
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Mongolia Sythapilla
No sry. Players will get 60k max.
2020-05-01 14:55
2 replies
60k still enough to live 2 years with no troubles lol
2020-05-01 15:19
1 reply
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
2 replies
freecurrencyrates.com/ru/exchange-rate-h.. Eto nazivaetsya ruble upal, a ne dollar podnyalsya
2020-05-02 00:44
1 reply
+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
Poggies
2020-05-01 14:57
#75
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Estonia Sannu98
noice better late than never
2020-05-01 14:57
#76
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Poland Mratu
finally XD
2020-05-01 14:57
#77
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Finland ballu609
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
1 reply
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
1 reply
true haha
2020-05-01 15:34
#109
dumau | 
Germany felo
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
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
#148
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Romania Remoose
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
1 reply
#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
1 reply
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
#189
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Poland SebL
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
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
1 reply
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
#241
Gux | 
Europe m5_cs
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
#246
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Slovakia yozhko
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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