DeKay Mailbag Part 2: Why CS:GO is Unprofitable, Who ENCE Might Get, and Possible Player Destinations


This is Part 2 of DeKay's monthly mailbag series where he answers questions regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sent in on Twitter.

This is a common saying because it's very true. CS:GO is a notoriously bad investment for most teams except for those at the bottom who churn talented players while not paying them a whole lot.

It is for this reason that you have seen such a push by organizations to have leagues create something more sustainable. The recent ESL Pro League agreement and Flashpoint are attempts at that, with the latter being a much more realistic business model. Teams are playing every single day for very low prize-pools in relation to their salary and orgs are heavily dependent on sponsor and VC money.

The only way this changes is if salaries come down to earth a bit and/or a tournament organizer proves its concept and shows real profitability. That or Valve steps in, which is extremely unlikely.

The reason they have teams is for historic reasons as well as wanting a large piece of the pie once things are figured out. For being first, you have to pay that cost upfront.

I don't think most people believe either him or leaf were cheating. Almost everyone I spoke to behind the scenes related to an organization thought it was an unfortunate situation and almost comedic that anyone would suggest they were.

It wasn't too long ago that a team inquired with the organization about acquiring a player or two, but FNATIC wasn't even willing to have the conversation. Therefore, I don't expect any changes in the near future. I could see it happening at some point early next year though if they struggle until then.

It's all still a work in progress for those two and it's no guarantee liazz splits with them just yet. There are no big roster shake-ups in the works. If any moves happen, they will likely be one player at a time.

I haven't been filled in on the latest plan. I'm sure it could happen at some point, but knowing HenryG he wouldn't just pick anyone. A plan would be in place and everyone would have to be on the same page.

It's a tough thing to introduce because as we have seen with Bubzkji, whoever it is might not get to play that much. Overall I think we are in an experimentation period where it will eventually get phased out.

I personally think it will be him, but it's impossible to know if it will be for sure or not. No one wants to hold a player back from where he really wants to play, so I think it ultimately is up to him. He has to choose between where he'd like to play most or potentially jeopardizing the ongoing transfer discussions around GODSENT. It's a tough spot.

I'd prefer to see him as a permanent member of a team. I don't understand why he just hops around for temporary stints, it feels like the teams he could potentially join disappear more and more as he does it. He might as well go back to ENDPOINT honestly. Actually, they could turn him down if they wanted to, that's where we are at this point.

I don't really believe many have and that's the unfortunate nature of the global situation right now. I know of a couple of teams who might have an interest in Sonic, but that's about it. Hopefully, they find someone but at this point, it's probably back to the drawing board for them. I hope I'm wrong.

Impossible to know at this point. He has played well at BLAST but I'm sure he has contemplated everything across the board. I can understand why retirement might make sense to him, it's hard to say for sure.

I don't think it is something you can expect right now. However, I do think there could be potential around the end of the year should he not get picked up before that. I'm not sure how guys on either team rate him and he would also have to fit a specific role. This is something to revisit potentially.