Fnatic star Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau has revealed that he was on the receiving end of an offer from 100 Thieves back in 2018. The offer was believed to be worth some $2.4 million over three years, however the Belgian ultimately turned down the chance to move to North America.
The 21-year-old top laner told Esports fans of the bid on the latest episode of Summoning Insight, a popular Esports related podcast delivered by Thorin and MonteCristo. Bwipo was just a rookie at the time of 100 Thieves making their move, with the former Sector One, Dark Passage and RoX player having now been with Fnatic since January 2018.
Why Bwipo Turned Down 100 Thieves
Should his move to 100 Thieves have materialized, it would have been one of the biggest deals in North America of the time, however Bwipo was keen to continue competing in Europe, having made it through to the World Championship finals with Fnatic in 2018. Speaking on the offer from 100 Thieves, Bwipo stated:
“In the same day, I knew I wasn’t going to take it. How could I? We went from Europe never making it anywhere past semifinals to Worlds finals, and I was a part of that.”
Bwipo was initially used as a substitute for Venatic, however he found himself in the starting lineup just two months after joining the organization, following an injury to sOAZ, as well as some standout performances himself. No one was able to nail down the top laner position for Fnatic in 2018, with sOAZ generally receiving the nod upon his comeback. However, during the World Championship, Bwipo seized his opportunity and has been viewed as the better player ever since.
What Bwipo Has Achieved with Fnatic
It was the performances of Bwipo which helped Fnatic in making a good run to the World Championship Finals, helping Europe in reaching the semi finals for the first time since season two in the process. Fnatic ultimately fell short following a defeat to LPL team Invictus Gaming.
In a move that raised a smile for many Esports followers, G2 Esports jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski made a call to CEO Carlos Rodriguez on a stream shortly after Bwipo revealed the 100 Thieves offer.