Arbalet to end Arbalet Cups?
A statement issued by the organizers of Arbalet Cup reads that in the near future we should not expect any more Arbalet Cups.
For a long time, it has been rather quiet from the organizers of Arbalet Cup, with the last international event taking place in Dallas during July. The latest Arbalet Cup took place in Kazakhstan, seeing only domestic teams attend.
Today the organizers of Arbalet Cup released a statement in Russian, stating that we in near future should not expect any Arbalet Cups to take place. The statement reads that the main purpose for Murat "Arbalet" Zhumashevich to fund these tournaments, which has lasted for two years now, was to strengthen and motive the teams of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Zhumashevich wanted to show that a team from this region could cope with the best to produce great results and become champions.
Murat "Arbalet" Zhumashevich and family
The success story became Natus Vincere, a team Zhumashevich decided to support. The Ukrainians in short time conquered the world and is for now counted as the best Counter-Strike team of the world. The statement furthermore states that Zhumashevich will continue to support Natus Vincere, till the end of 2011.
The statement also reads that should Valve release a new version of Counter-Strike, then maybe Arbalet Cup will be back, but for now we are told not to expect more. Arbalet Cup bloomed late 2009 and the competitive scene quickly got to know the Kazakh Counter-Strike enthusiast and his tournament series. Has Arbalet pumped out the last stack of Dollars to a Counter-Strike tournament? Things sadly point us in that direction.
The last Arbalet Cup awards handed out?
The last lines of the statement send out a special thanks to all the news sites that helped covering Arbalet Cup, spreading the word around the world.