Jess Colwill, January 17, 2017

TSM Drops CS:GO Team, is Immediately Picked up by Misfits

After weeks of conflict between the players and owners of Team SoloMid, the team has released their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from their contracts.

During the Player’s Rights controversy, TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh fired newly acquired player Sean “sgares” Gares from the team for his participation in the movement. In the press release announcing the release of the rest of the team, TSM explained that the relationship with the rest of the team has slowly decayed, and that players wanted to continue to play with sgares.

“Given the current situation, it was clear that the correct decision for us was to find a new home where the four players could continue their careers along with Sean,” TSM’s statement reads. “As such, we spent the last few weeks searching for the best option possible for the players, and eventually selected the option that the players themselves most desired.”

“It is extremely unfortunate that our experience in CS:GO has resulted in a situation such as this, and we are extremely disappointed that we were unable to keep the squad together underneath the TSM banner.

“Nonetheless, there are no grudges held over the result and we wish them all the best of luck in their continuing careers.”

The remaining players, Russel ‘Twistzz’ David Van Dulken, Shahzeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan, Skyler ‘Relyks’ Weaver, and Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims have since been signed to Misfits and reunited with sgares.

"I want to thank Ben and the entire Misfits organization for trusting in me and providing the five of us with a new home," quotes sgares, returning as captain to the new Misfits team. "Our new agreements with Misfits not only provide us with great support—we have also used the opportunity to work with Misfits to address and improve key industry issues that all players currently face.

“Our contracts with Misfits set new standards for players' protection and rights in areas like personal sponsorships, unreasonable benching procedures, and of course how our league participation is decided.

“Ben and the Misfits organization deserve a ton of credit for being collaborative and forward-thinking, and I hope everyone will join me in thanking them for that."

TSM has also allowed the players to take their rightfully earned EPL placement with them to their new team. If the name Misfits sounds familiar, it’s probably because they were in the news recently after being bought by Miami Heat.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.