FaZe striked a $700,000 deal to acquire G2 eSports’s Counter Strike:Global Offensive team roster, making them the most expensive team in competitive circuits of the online FPS.
It was alleged that ESL co-founder Jens Hilger had tampered with the transaction to secure a higher fee, which includes $300,000 for intial payment and two installments of $200,000.
The deal was struck with the alternative being potential bans from ESL competitions or no invitations to ESL pro League events.
G2’s best performances include finishing at the top four at DreamHack Cluj, one of the Valve-endorsed majors, and IEM San Jose. One of the major talking points was the sale of Adil “Scream” Benrlitom to Titan for a reported $150,000.
But towards the end, the team failed to produce results; they played poorly in the Fragbite Masters round of 16, the ELEAGUE Road to vegas qualifier, and most recently was eliminated by forfeit in the Acer Predator Masters qualifier.
However, there were rumours that the sale itself may have complicated their performance. Sources near the team revealed difficulties surrounding their departure to FaZe could have affected their morale.
Last weekend, during their first full outing for FaZe, the team was eliminated during the group stages of DreamHack Leipzig. However, the team showed vigor, beating Brazilian Luminosity Gaming in a best-of-one only to lose to the team—which has been on a tear recently in Europe—in a best of three later in the tournament.