Envy to put CS:GO division on hold*
The organization will place the entire roster on the transfer list.
*Update 2: Envy have announced that its current team has been disbanded.
Envy are set to withdraw from CS:GO, HLTV.org has learned. The whole lineup around Noah "Nifty" Francis will be placed on the transfer list and go their separate ways after playing just one tournament in four months of the current constellation's existence.
The Dallas-based organization will pull out of the game, at least for the time being, despite the $2 million investment it made in 2020 as a founding member of Flashpoint, and despite its co-owner and Chief Gaming Officer, Mike "hastr0" Rufail, stating in November that Envy had reserved a larger budget for CS:GO for 2021 than in the previous three years.
In a recent Twitter exchange with journalist Jarek "DeKay" Lewis, Rufail spoke about the difficulties in operating in CS:GO in the current climate from an economic standpoint and shared that the organization was evaluating all options, including not spending the budget it had allocated.
Envy entered CS:GO in early 2015 with the signing of the DreamHack Winter 2014 Major-winning LDLC roster led by Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer. The organization went on to clinch a Major title at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca later that year, but over the course of the following two years the French roster dropped off and was eventually scrapped in mid-2018.
Envy then signed a North American lineup featuring names such as Nifty, Josh "jdm64" Marzano, and Stephen "reltuC" Cutler, which struggled to make an impact on the international scene. That led to another overhaul of the team in 2020, when the organization transitioned to a European-majority team with the signings of Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, Michał "MICHU" Müller, Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, and Thomas.
The following lineup will be placed on the transfer list:
Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)