The MAD LIONS discontinue their CS:GO division

The CS:GO division from the MAD LIONS has been discontinued due to financial reasons and lack of success. Three... | 20. April 2022

The CS:GO division from the MAD LIONS has been discontinued due to financial reasons and lack of success. Three months ago MAD LIONS acquired two new players and now the org announced that they will kick out their whole roster. What will happen next for the players is still unclear.

For the CS:GO division of the MAD LIONS, the adventure in esports has come to an abrupt end. The organization has recently announced that the MAD LIONS will no longer be active in CS:GO. The line-up has been offered for transfer and may look for new opportunities.

Frequent player changes at the MAD LIONS

The team has been present in CS:GO since the organization’s inception in 2017. At first, only local players from Spain were in the lineup, but after the acquisition by OverActive Media and the merger with Splyce in 2019, the MAD Lions gained an international foothold with the signing of Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen.

The Danish lineup fell apart over the following year without much success, and in 2021 the organization went international with a brand new team focused on developing young talent – a project that saw new players join the lineup almost monthly while the others left.

After Michał “MICHU” Müller and Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev joined at the beginning of the year, the situation stabilized a bit, but after the organization’s decision to withdraw from the game, the players now have to start all over again and look for a new team or organization.

“After a long time in competition, we are saying goodbye to our CS:GO division as well as our current lineup,” the statement reads. “We have placed our players on the transfer list and will be working with them to find a new home. Thank you to all the players/staff who played with us.”

Financial reasons?

While the tweet didn’t specify the exact reason for MAD Lions’ withdrawal from CSGO, the team had little success after winning Flashpoint Season 1 in 2020. However, the lack of success might just be part of the story.

In its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021, OverActive Media reported a net loss of $15.4 million. Considering the lackluster performance and financial losses of the parent company, it’s only logical that OverActive decided to drop the MAD Lions CSGO team instead of taking on the more successful LoL team.

This is the discontinued CS:GO lineup of the MAD LIONS. The following players, including the coach, are up for transfer:

  • Thomas “TMB” Bundsbæk
  • Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev
  • Justinas “jL” Lekavicius
  • Michał “MICHU” Müller
  • John “b0RUP” Borup
  • Volodymyr “Woro2k” Veletniuk
  • Jakub “kuben” Gurczynski (coach)

How it goes on for the players is not clear at the moment. It seems that nobody has found a new team yet. The organization might return to CSGO in the future, but at the moment it looks like MAD Lions and OverActive media will say goodbye to CSGO for the foreseeable future.