Olivia R. October 4, 2019
Finnish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen allegedly turned down a $1 million deal to be Complexity Gaming's new in-game leader for the next two years.
Reporter Jarek "Dekay" Lewis declared that Complexity founder Jason Lake flew to Helsinki, Finland to have a face-to-face discussion with ENCE's former in-game leader. Even though the source noted that the deal would make Aleksib one of the highest paid in-game leaders in CSGO with a luxury apartment tied to his contract, the player supposedly turned down the offer because he didn't want to move from Finland to the United States.
After Aleksib turned down the package, Lake turned to Heroic's Danish in-game leader Benjamin "blameF" Bremer. Lake reportedly discussed the opportunity with the 22-year-old in person, leading blameF to travel to Dallas to become Complexity Gaming's new in-game leader.
Currently, it's unclear who else will be added to Complexity's roster along with blameF and fellow new signing William "RUSH" Wierzba. When Complexity Gaming's CSGO team had a disappointing showing at the Berlin Major, Lake tweeted out something that shocked the CSGO community.
“I love our players as individuals but these results won’t be tolerated. If you’re a Tier 1 player looking for a fresh start at the best facility in the world, hit me up. I’ll pay your buyout and give you the world’s highest salaries. Let’s build a juggernaut," he said.
Lake then told his followers to spread the word.
Responses to the tweet were mixed. Some fans felt Lake was kicking his current players while they were down. They noted this would not be something the roster would want to read after getting booted from the major by Grayhound Gaming.
"Feel we’ve been patient with this core for quite awhile. We’ve been very open and honest with them throughout," Lake said in response to criticism.
CSGO coach and legendary former player Danny "fr0d" Montaner used the tweet as an excuse to publicly air his grievences with Lake. fr0d played for Complexity Gaming in the past.
"Burned some quality bridges for years of this. Karma is a bitch," fr0d said.