Following his fnatic exit, Faruk "pita" Pita in an exclusive interview with HLTV.org speaks about his departure, his experience in fnatic as a whole, his take on the situation with Marcus "Delpan" Larsson and what his future may hold.
fnatic made it public Thursday night that Faruk "pita" Pita had been left out of the future plans for the fnatic team. Pita explains when he found out and how the process took place:
"I have known it for some days now. Right after Delpan's departure (though he is still a fnatic player under contract) we started to discuss who to replace him with and for some days it all became quiet. It was mostly because cArn was in Taiwan doing some promotion for MSi. I contacted him on the 1st of June and he replied to me very quickly and said he had a lot to do and that this was the first time he checked his mail and we needed to talk.
I soon realized, by indirect messages, that I was about to get kicked from fnatic and these last days they have practiced with manne. I just want to point out, that the players have been honest with me during this time, while most of the players in community of e-Sports tend to go behind each other’s backs. Something fnatic never did to me. That's one reason I took it very good when I got the final decision from cArn."
When asked about the decision to remove him from the team, Pita told us the following:
"To be honest with you, during my career as a player, this is the first time I get kicked from a team. I have always admired cArn's ability to lead a team and to always know what's needed. I'd say that he, if anyone in the game of counter-strike, is the one who knows the most, not only in the game of CS, but everything around it. He does so much for fnatic that the fans don't see and when he comes with such a decision I truly believe him. He explains why it is as it is and I can do nothing but agreeing with him.
However these last months I felt that I played very well, mostly because I changed something (which I can't tell) that made me much better aiming-wise, and made me live up to my potential, the one I had back in the early stages of MYM. Sadly I made this change just a month ago, and I had only ICSC and the WCG qualifier to prove it. Apparently it wasn't enough, and I understand them. I do however feel that if I was given another opportunity to show them, maybe they would change their minds. But I don't want to nag myself back into a team. As said, if cArn believes something has to be changed, then something has to be changed."
Pita joined fnatic in January and at the end of the month he together with the team reached the top spot at the IEM5 European Championship Finals. The accomplishment is something which pleased Pita a lot, as many had big doubts to this new fnatic lineup.
"We couldn't have come out with a better first result with the new team. Especially when a lot of people doubted us and said we would fail and then we proved to the community that we were good. Though I have to say we did very well thanks to Xizt who played extremely well in the final and from my point of view - won the final for us.
On the other hand, cArn showed excellent individual play, something I have not seen from him in a very long time, but surely dsn and Delpan did very well too. I think we won mostly because we were a fresh unpredictable team and because of the individual performances from all of us, especially cArn and Xizt." - He said.
Later darker times came and fnatic did not manage to reach the podium at several tournaments, Pita has the following take on it:
"But by putting the bar that high early it will be hard to stay up there and I saw fnatic looking a bit like MYM back in 2009, when we won everything in the beginning and suddenly we fell like some shitty soldiers in the mud. I don't know really, we didn't manage to continue our good performance at the IEM5 World Championship. But apparently it was because we lacked good individual skills and players that did good in the EU finals were not that big during the World Championship. We placed on a respectively 5-6th place, after some great teams that truly deserved their spots in the world finals.
After that we played Xperia PLAY in Denmark and we didn't play that good there, still we did some good matches. But I think that we lost mostly because we like to play more on event computers and that we were maybe just little unlucky. I think we performed well individually but fell out of the tournament against the great Danes with zonic & co. I think that these 2 losses in the World Championship and Xperia PLAY were bad for fnatic, but I'm sad that there weren't more tournaments with event computers.
I really think we could have had a chance and I think that our team in the last weeks, when we played WCG, was really good. Even though we played a really intense game against Lions, I still think that the team of fnatic, with me and Delpan still on, could certainly be the best team in the world. Because I felt that things started to click and everything got synchronized, but unfortunately we never got another chance to show that, mostly because of Delpan leaving for SK (still pointing out he is still in fnatic), we can analyze how much we want, but we will never know."
Pita joined the ranks of fnatic in December 2010 and six months later he's no longer in the team. He said the following about his time with the fnatic organization:
"My time in fnatic has been the best during my career as a player. Not only have I been welcomed with open arms, but I have got to know people, that if they would hold the strings attached for the whole e-Sport scene, they would lift it higher than what football is (well maybe not football but you understand where I'm trying to go).
The persons in fnatic that I truly want to thank are maybe unknown to the community, but I think you should put these names in your mind: Anne Matthews, Sam Matthews, Neil Kirk, Danijel Remus and Philip Hedemark - It's been a pleasure working with you. I just hope that people can follow your path of how to run an organization in this business and not to forget the players I have played with, they know how much I like them and how much I cheer for them in their upcoming tournaments, forever a fnatic-fan!"
Commenting on the case surrounding Marcus "Delpan" Larsson – a very close friend of his – Pita said:
"Delpan has been a great friend of mine during my career. I got to know him back in the summer of 2009. Since then we have basically been playing with each other, with some months break here and there. I really like him as a person and I have always come along great with him. He has taught me a lot of things (haxx on every map since he is an old school cheater HAHAH... no just kidding).
I really don't like the situation that is happening now between SK and fnatic, but I have to say that the only looser in this twist will be Delpan. Since fnatic will have the rights to take his prize money from IEM and other tournaments, which is much more than the small fee of $2,500 fnatic is asking for. Not to flame SK, but I think that they are handling this situation totally wrong and very immature.
But still I don't want to say too much, since this is not my business. As Delpan is very close to me as a friend, I really want him to demand SK to buy him out from the fnatic contract. Because I think he has the right to demand that and also he has the dominating power to do it. Mostly because SK has been after him for some time and he has refused their offer over and over again. I hope this situation ends up good for all the involved parts – fnatic, SK and Delpan."
Regarding his future in e-Sport, Pita was not sure if it was time to hang up his mouse or continue:
"Sadly I can't say much. I don't know what I want to do for now. As some of you may know I'm studying full time at a University in Stockholm, where I'm studying economics. So that's what I will be doing, but the future is still uncertain for me. I said in an interview with fragbite earlier this year that fnatic would be my last organization that I would play for. So to live up to my word I assume I should stop playing CS now. The only reason for me to want to continue is because a month ago I did some changes in game which made me a lot better than I was before that. It's kind of complex to explain and it is a little secret of mine but however, only because I know now that I can live up to my full potential I feel that I shouldn't put my sword down to the ground.
I can't promise you guys anything as I have school and all that. But I appreciate all the support I have been given these last days. Some bad but some good, and trust me on this one when I say that I have read every single comment on HLTV.org regarding fnatic-changes. Something I have never done before. My last event was WCG Qualifier with fnatic in Stockholm, but I can tell you now that I will be in place at Adepto BH in Sarajevo 2 weeks from now, so I hope to see you guys there and if it will be my last event as a player I just want to thank all the support I have been given throughout these years. It has been a fun experience.
But as my mom always told me when stuff like this happen "Sometimes bad things happens for good reasons. You never know what the outcome will be, only God knows" with that said I have nothing more to say, only love to the fans and all the organizations I have played with during the years, especially fnatic! <3 Byebye"
What will Pita be doing at Adepto BH Open and what will his future in e-Sport look like? Stay tuned as we will be updating you on what Pita will do in the future.