2023 CS:GO Update
As we enter 2023 and prepare for a new season of tournaments, we wanted to share some key updates on our CS:GO roster entering the new year. We’re delighted with the main squad’s progress in the last year, with qualification and a strong finish at Rio, a trophy lift in Espoo, and our eyes set on Katowice later this month. We are already extremely impressed with the teams chemistry and teamwork together, and proud to field a highly competitive CS roster once more.
As a result, we’re excited to announce the extension of contracts in the team management, with both Andreas ‘Samme’ Samuelsson and coach Jamie ‘Keita’ Hall receiving extensions to the end of 2023, providing a solid foundation for the year ahead. We’re extremely excited for the direction this roster is headed in, with solid performances across these last months and a better focus on content established for the team, with more access & eyes on the team than ever.
As we tackled the last year, we also saw great success in our Fnatic Rising roster, our academy team where we aim to level up the youngest talent & prodigies in the game, using our world class facilities and high performance unit. The team saw a huge moment in winning WePlay Academy Season 5, and saw strong finishes across the league’s other seasons and additionally within smaller tournaments. With our main objective of the squad to be levelling them to a pro standard, we’re excited to see multiple members of the squad graduate to main teams.
With this said, we’ll be putting a pause on the Fnatic Rising squad as these players graduate and other contracts expire. The entirety of the team will be becoming free agents allowed to explore new opportunities, and we wish them all of the best heading forward into the next steps of their career, as well as thanking them for their time in the Black and Orange. Putting the roster on pause may come as a surprise, but we want to take the time to best strategise about our place in the CSGO Academy league’s to best benefit both the players who enter the programme and also Fnatic’s overarching strategy. We are immensely proud of this programme, and have proven it’s success time and time again, and will provide new updates when we have them.
A huge thank you to WolfY, Maze, Volt, Banjo and Peppzor for representing us so well over the last year, as well as thank you to all players who have played & now graduated from the Rising programme.
We wish you all the best going forward, and are proud to have been a part of your promising careers. Once Fnatic, #ALWAYSFNATIC.