Chaos confirm plan to exit CS:GO
The organisation will part ways with their roster following the conclusion of IEM Global Challenge as their ability to offer support has "reached its limit" due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chaos have announced that they will release their CS:GO roster at the end of 2020, confirming an earlier report from DBLTAP that indicated the organisation were pondering an exit from the game and exploring potential transfers for all of its members.
In a blog post, Chaos also revealed they would be parting ways with their Rainbow Six: Siege roster, and focusing on a transition towards "supporting more content creators both in and outside gaming." The statement pointed towards the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for their exit, with Chaos saying that the global health crisis has been responsible for "removing a large portion of revenue that esports teams need to stay competitive and effectively support their players."
Chaos first entered CS:GO in 2018, then under the Digital Chaos banner, signing a Swedish roster that contained the likes of Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi, Markus "pronax" Wallsten, and Mikail "Maikelele" Bill. After rebranding and undergoing a handful of roster changes, Chaos went on to part ways with their Swedish lineup, transitioning across the pond to North America with the signing of Ben's Anime Team.
Initially led by Joshua "steel" Nissan, Chaos enjoyed modest success, reaching No. 19 in the world rankings with 3-4th place finishes in the North American divisions of DreamHack Open Summer and ESL One Cologne. The team continued to rise following the departure of their Canadian captain, peaking at No. 17 with Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado and securing wins against the likes of FURIA and Evil Geniuses.
Chaos are currently competing in DreamHack Masters Winter North America, and will play their final event under the organisation at IEM Global Challenge in Europe, set to run from December 15-20 with $500,000 on offer. The team also hold a spot in the play-in portion of IEM Katowice 2021, but may be going their separate ways prior to the event, according to Jonathan "Jonji" Carey, should they not receive any offers from organisations.
Chaos' roster consists of:
Matthew "mCe" Elmore (coach)