14-year-old CS:GO player m0NESY invited to FACEIT Pro League

m0NESY is part of Natus Vincere's youth team

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

In newly fledged esports such as Fornite, pro players being in their early teens is a pretty regular occurrence. But with an older game like CS:GO which has a well-established professional scene, not so much.

That is unless you’re Ilya ‘m0NESY’ Osipov, the 14-year-old Russian CS:GO player who has just landed himself a spot in the FACEIT Pro League. The youngster, who is currently a trialist for Natus Vincere’s youth team, will be thrown in with other upcoming talent and established pros after earning himself an invite to FPL Europe.

Predicted to be a future star in the CS:GO scene and even dubbed “S1mple 2.0” by some, m0NESY was scouted by Na’Vi and picked up in January as a trialist. Despite only being 14, he has amassed over a year of play time (8,808 hours) on CS:GO, according to his Steam profile, and has even put almost 3,000 hours into another Valve title, Dota 2. He may be young, but he knows how to grind.

How the prodigy will get on against some FPL regulars remains to be seen, but the fact that a player in his early teens is at such a high level on a game that was released years before they were even born speaks volumes.

Despite Counter-Strike being a game that is two decades old now, its playerbase has just surpassed the 1 million mark and is at its highest levels ever.