Astralis and K0nfig Mutually Agree to Terminate Player Contract and Part Ways
An unfortunate roster shuffle.
Astralis has taken a tough decision in agreement with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke to terminate his player contract early due to personal circumstances.
The two parties mutually arrived on this decision of parting ways with each other following a physical altercation involving k0nfig, that took place in Malta, resulting in the player suffering a "complicated ankle fracture".
This decision also comes just a few days after the Danish esports organization failed to qualify for the IEM Rio Major 2022 through the European RMR A, where it was forced to compete without k0nfig who was out of action due to this injury.
Astralis and K0nfig mutually decide to terminate his player contract
The Danish rifler will be off for some time from the competitive circuit as he recovers from his injury. Meanwhile an agreement seems to have been struck between the player and the organization about his future with the team.
At this point in time, k0nfig is going through quite a tough phase in his personal life that is having a direct impact on the competitive front as well. Due to this, the 25-year-old has decided to heal and step away from CS:GO, speaking about it all in great detail via a TwitLonger post.
"Kristian's "k0nfig" Wienecke is going through a tough time with issues he does not want to discuss publicly; we fully respect that. It has been affecting his ability to contribute to the team and we have had ongoing and constructive talks with Kristian, who needs time to focus on his private life," says Kasper Hvidt - Director of Sports for Astralis.
He goes on to mention that multiple options were explored but no one could say with certainty what things would be like in three to six months time. It was agreed that k0nfig required space without any pressure of having to get back and compete, due to which the contract was mutually canceled.
"I am insanely sad about my situation and how it affects everybody in Astralis. That goes for the team and the people in the office, as I have nothing but the best to say about everyone here, and I had hoped to be part of this organization for many years. The thing is, though, that I am at a place in my life where I need to focus on myself, not just physically, so I will be taking a break for a while," explains k0nfig.
For now, Astralis will continue to play with Mikkel "MistR" Thomsen as part of its active CS:GO roster, replacing him with Alexander "br0CSGO" Bro on the academy team - Astralis Talent.