Chaos Esports Club are exploring potential transfers for all of their professional CS:GO players in an effort to exit the game, according to multiple sources close to the situation. Should they find new homes for their players or release them, only a handful of organizations will remain supporting teams from North America.
It is expected that Chaos will remain fully embedded in esports, but have decided to work toward an exit from Counter-Strike as a result of direction from their investors, said one source. The organization was created in 2015 but joined CS:GO in mid-2018 as Digital Chaos when they signed veterans Markus "pronax" Wallsten and Mikail "Maikelele" Bill. It wasn't until late 2019 that Chaos moved their support over to North America, where the organization was founded.
The best results for Chaos came under the leadership of veteran in-game leader Joshua "steel" Nissan only a few short months ago. They reached the semifinals of both ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online North America and DreamHack Open Summer 2020: North America. Steel has since retired from CS:GO and joined the 100 Thieves professional Valorant team.
Since steel left and Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado replaced him, Chaos finished in 5th place for Season 12 of ESL Pro League and failed to qualify for IEM New York North America. Season 13 of ESL Pro League is scheduled to begin in March of 2021 and is expected to take place on LAN. At the moment they are ranked 21st in ESL's World Rankings, putting them on the fringe of eligibility for one of the nine available spots for Season 13.