German CS 1.6 icon Roman R. becomes Chief of CS:GO at BIG
BIG has appointed Roman "Roman R." Reinhardt its new Chief of CS:GO, the organization has announced. Previously in charge of BIG's merchandising team, the 38-year-old will now oversee the development of both Counter-Strike divisions together with the organization's Chief Gaming Officer, Christian Lenz.
Roman R. is an icon of German Counter-Strike whose career dates back to the early 2000s. In 1.6, he represented some of the country's most successful teams under mousesports and ALTERNATE, winning several local and international titles, including multiple seasons of ESL Pro Series Germany, as well as CPL Spain in 2005 and Intel Extreme Masters II in 2008. He hung up his mouse in 2012 after leaving ALTERNATE amid the scene's switch to Global Offensive.
He has reunited with former mousesports chief and now BIG co-founder Yilmaz Ozan, taking over the position previously undertaken by LEGIJA and gob b in past years in the Berlin-based organization and has been vacant ever since the latter transitioned to VALORANT in 2020.
"Roman Reinhardt has had a significant impact on German Esports during his career as a professional player," BIG's CEO, Daniel Finkler, said. "Due to his exceptional knowledge and his close connection to Yilmaz Ozan, he has been an important part of BIG for many months now."
"In the future, Roman will contribute his vast experience as Head of CS:GO and, together with CGO Christian Lenz, he will be responsible for the development of our CS:GO department, including the talent division."
"I was always in close touch with my friend and mentor Yilmaz Ozan after my playing career ended long ago. As the founder of mousesports, Yilmaz entrusted me with the sporting success of the Counter-Strike team even back then and we have been able to celebrate a long history of successes together," Roman R. added. "Therefore, I am very happy that I can now pursue my passion for esports again following my long career as a professional player."