Steven R. June 13, 2019
Ghost Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global offensive team is no more.
The organization hinted at its intent to release the entirety of its CS:GO roster on Twitter. The move follows declarations of free agency from some of the squad's key players.
The organization posted a succinct tweet thanking its players with no further explanation given. This was then followed by a clarification that AWPer Matthew "Wardell" Yu remained under contract but that the organization was actively looking to trade him. Though Ghost Gaming did not explicitly declare this the end of its CS:GO division, the organization’s remaining players confirmed the end of the team by announcing their free agency.
On June 12, Kenneth "koosta" Suen announced that he was no longer with Ghost Gaming following a year with the team. This was followed by a similar message on Instagram by Joshua "steel" Nissan, who joined the team alongside Koosta a year prior. Dust2.us then reported that coach James "JamezIRL" Macaulay had also split from the organization.
Though the team retained the bulk of its roster including Wardell, Jason "neptune" Tran, and Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir, Ghost Gaming evidently preferred to start from scratch rather than rebuild around that trio of players.
Ghost first entered CS:GO in 2017 with the signing of Bee's Money Crew. Though the squad had enjoyed some success in smaller North American events, that didn’t translate to larger tournaments like the ESL Pro League and Esports Championship Series which saw the team struggle to post wins. Ghost Gaming was plagued with frequent roster turnover from there but began to find both stability and some notable victories towards the end of 2018.
The team was unable to regularly qualify for prominent tournaments and failed to impress in some of its offline outings. The final straw came with a last-place showing at DreamHack Open Tours 2019 and a fifth-place finish at CS_Summit 4.
As of this writing, it is unclear if Ghost plans to start a new CS:GO team or if it plans to focus its efforts on its PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite divisions.
Most of the Ghost players have indicated that they are now free agents, which suggests they plan to return to competition in the near future. The exception to this is Freakzoid, who hinted he may instead turn his attention to his streaming.