In recent years, the top tier of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been dominated by players and teams from Europe. In an attempt to change this, the American organization Cloud9 started an ambitious investment on a transatlantic team.
Six months ago, commentator and analyst Henry “HenryG” Greer was hired as manager and coach. He was given very free rein and large sums were spent to recruit players to the potentially new top team.
Today’s the day that @ Cloud9 and myself will be parting ways.
Thanks to @JackEtienne for the opportunity and the players for their hard work and time.
It’s truly a shame how things panned out with a lot of mitigating circumstances but plenty of positive memories, too.
– HenryG (@HenryGcsgo) April 6, 2021
But the investment would prove to be short-lived. At the end of March, the team’s players were placed inactive and on Tuesday it was clear that HenryG would leave the organization. The investment that was made was hit hard by the ongoing pandemic as very few tournaments were played on the other side of the Atlantic, and the team could therefore not establish itself and find opportunities to strengthen the team spirit.
Cloud9 has also not been able to perform at the level desired after such a large investment. The organization has thus chosen to pause its CS: GO venture, but hopes to be able to reintroduce it again when the pandemic has stabilized.