Chaos to release CSGO roster; cites issues caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Chaos Esports Club have revealed plans to release their Counter-Strike team at the end of the year. The announcement comes amidst the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic which the organization states is responsible for “removing a large portion of revenue that esports teams need to stay competitive and effectively support their players.”

Chaos joins a growing list of organizations that have stepped away from the North American scene since the recent changes to ESL Pro League, the introduction of FLASHPOINT, and the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Joshua “steel” Nissan, former in-game leader for Chaos departed the team in late August to pursue a career in VALORANT where he’s been signed to 100 Thieves. During his time with the team they found their peak in terms of results as they made the semifinals at ESL One: Cologne 2020 North America as well as DreamHack Open Summer 2020 North America.

In his place the team brought on Edgar “⁠MarKE⁠” Maldonado while Anthony “⁠vanity⁠” Malaspina took over the in-game leader duties. Thing hadn’t gone as smoothly with the team failing to qualify for IEM New York North America and finishing 5th in ESL Pro League Season 12. There was a recent jump in success with the team winning IEM Beijing-Haidian with wins over Evil Geniuses and Triumph.

The team will compete one last time under the Chaos banner at the IEM Global Challenge from December 15th-20th. Currently the team is hoping to find another organization to represent but things look grim and without that support they will have to go their separate ways according to Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey.

Chaos CS:GO lineup:

-Anthony “⁠vanity⁠” Malaspina
-Erick “⁠Xeppaa⁠” Bach
-Nathan “⁠leaf⁠” Orf
-Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey
-Edgar “⁠MarKE⁠” Maldonado

-Matthew “⁠mCe⁠” Elmore (coach)

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