Copenhagen Flames to Retain CS:GO Roster in 2022, Complexity Deal Collapses
Copenhagen Flames continue ahead with the same roster.
Copenhagen Flames (CPHF) has decided to retain their Danish CS:GO lineup after negotiating its transfer with several parties in the past two months. Unfortunately, the organization was unable to find a suitable deal and decided that the best available option for all of them is to continue competing together in 2022.
CPHF's CS:GO team rose to prominence following its extraordinary run through the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, where they almost made it through to the Playoffs. Immediately thereafter, there was a lot of interest by top-tier organizations to buy the roster with Complexity Gaming being the closest to signing a deal.
However, things seemed to have supposedly taken a turn for the worst as Dexerto reports that the deal with Complexity fell through, as it was more interested in picking up North American CS:GO players.
Copenhagen Flames will retain its CS:GO roster for 2022 competitive season
Despite there being a lot of interest coupled with negotiations for CPHF's CS:GO roster after the Stockholm Major, the organization failed to reach a comfortable deal with any of the parties. Complexity Gaming was the closest to shaking hands on it.
Daniel Vorborg - Head of Esports for CPHF, in a public statement mentioned that since the beginning there was an open and honest conversation between him and the players about all the possible scenarios.
Although we’re all happy to work together; there are some opportunities that we cannot offer in Copenhagen Flames, such as franchise slots and big salaries. We then had a talk with the team – discussing what sort of offers it would take for it to be interesting to the players. We then worked towards seeing if there were any better options for the players than Copenhagen Flames. After two months of talking and negotiating with several parties; we’ve found that the best available option for all of us is to stick together for 2022.Daniel Vorborg - Head of Esports, Copenhagen Flames
Vorborg further clarified that they are completely satisfied with this decision, as they have achieved a lot in such a short span with the roster. They are extremely pleased to continue ahead with them.
The captain of the CS:GO roster, Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen, while sharing his thoughts on staying with CPHF expressed that he was happy with the decision after months of uncertainty.
We might not get the big bucks and the league spots, but we get a feeling of security and room to develop that no other big organization can provide. We have been open for offers in case the perfect opportunity should present itself for us, but that was not the case and we’re not leaving Flames for less than that.Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen - IGL of Copenhagen Flames
Regarding the deals and negotiations CPHF was considering, Vorborg did not specifically name any organizations, but he revealed that they had offers from some very big clubs that even had franchise slots (ESL Pro League, BLAST Premier, etc). This added a lot of value for the players as they were more interested in the bigger picture rather than just the money.
Unfortunately, the deal with Complexity did not go down as expected as Complexity's focus reportedly shifted towards signing North American players consisting of the core of Extra Salt along with Michael "Grim" Wince and Paytyn "junior" Johnson.