- Chinese social media giant Weibo is reportedly assembling a CS:GO roster.
- The Shanghai-based team consists of four players from across Asia and one international player from Russia.
- A few members of the team have reportedly already started playing out of the gaming facility in Shanghai.
The Chinese social media giant Weibo is reportedly set to step into CS:GO as they plan on signing a lineup based out of Shanghai, according to CSGO2ASIA.
The lineup will consist of two Chinese players Zhitao "Drea3er" Zhang and QingHui "FIOURN" Kong, who have previously played for Chinese esports organizations like BTRG and EHOME. Joining them will be a 19-year-old Russian player Egor "killmatic" Storozhok, who had been on Invictus Gaming’s bench since March, along with Taiwanese player Tzu-Chi "Marek" Huang who was also a part of EHOME previously.
But perhaps the most surprising addition to this roster was their fifth and final player, the 16-year-old Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto who is the younger brother of Kevin "xccurate" Susanto, one of the best CS:GO player from the region. The young Indonesian has quite a bit of experience as he has previously played with BOOM Esports for more than two years, but this will be a big step up for him.
According to reports, some members of the lineup have already started practising together out of the gaming facility in Shanghai, China. Though CS:GO is considered to be amongst the least popular esport title within China, Weibo’s entrance might be a positive sign for the game which has seen rapid growth internationally.
Weibo which is a mix of Facebook and Twitter had recently announced a CS:GO tournament as well, called Weibo Cup 2020 Asia Professional Championship. The tournament featuring a prize pool of 320,000 CNY ($45,048.21) is currently on-going with most of the top teams from the region participating in it.
With this, the reported roster looks as follows,
- Zhitao "Drea3er" Zhang
- QingHui "FIOURN" Kong
- Egor "killmatic" Storozhok
- Tzu-Chi "Marek" Huang
- Jason "f0rsakeN" Susanto