It looks like FunPlus Phoenix might be considering stepping back from CS:GO, as the Chinese organization has deleted all Tweets related to Counter-Strike and FLASHPOINT. The following incident took place after the deal between them and Heroic had a fallout recently, due to Astralis signing Patrick “es3tag” Hansen as the sixth player for their roster.
The Chinese organization who are the current League of Legends world champions are trying to erase all proof of them entering Counter-Strike as they literally deleted all the Tweets relating them to both the game and FLASHPOINT.
FunPlus Phoenix who had entered the first season of FLASHPOINT with the Heroic lineup was clearly not happy with es3tag leaving the organization and signing a contract with Astralis, as the organization forfeited their lower bracket match against Orgless on 22nd March following this incident.
A member of the current FunPlus Phoenix roster Casper "cadiaN" Møller was really upset after the forfeit, saying that “es3tag accepting the Astralis proposal has no place for grudge, we as a team support his decision - he is one of my favorite team mates of all time.”
It is still unclear what FunPlus Phoenix has in mind as the organization has not officially commented on the situation yet. They have not made any announcement pertaining to them leaving FLASHPOINT or stepping down from CS:GO.
Though the team might be a ‘Founding Member’ of FLASHPOINT, the team was reportedly exempted from paying the $2 million buy-in fee due to the organizers being in a hurry to sign a partner before the start of the league, and though President of Cloud9 Dan Fiden has refuted this claim, it does not change the fact that the organization might be looking to step back from the league.
By forfeiting their last match FunPlus Phoenix have now been eliminated from the first phase of the league, let’s see what decision does the organization take before the start of the second phase.