Less than four months after announcing two music industry heavyweights as its parent company’s new co-owners, Chaos Esports Club has dropped its rosters from two of the biggest esports scenes.
Despite revealing rappers Logic and Pusha T as co-owners of GG Group in August of this year, Chaos has now announced that it is looking to rehome its Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege teams before the end of the year and will completely exit both competitive scenes. Citing the drop in sponsorship revenue caused by the pandemic, Chaos says in a statement that it can no longer “support our rosters and the incredible players behind them.”
2020 has also seen Chaos drop out of the professional Dota 2 and Rocket League scenes in what appears to be a conscious shift away from competing towards content creation. In the CS:GO and Siege announcement, Chaos says: “As an organization we will be accelerating our shift to focus on supporting more content creators both in and outside of gaming.”
Chaos’ CS:GO was thrust into the spotlight in 2020 after its players were targeted by fans of Counter-Strike juggernauts MIBR, who were accusing players of cheating. These claims were never proven to be true and the saga opened up a conversation about toxicity in the community.
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, our ability to support our rosters and incredible players behind them has reached its limit.
— Chaos E̶C̶ Clan🎄 (@ChaosEC) December 2, 2020
While maybe not one of the biggest names in Rainbow Six Siege, Chaos’ departure follows a worrying trend of organisations pulling out of the scene in recent weeks. In North America, Tempo Storm and eUnited are both exiting Siege esports.