AGO Suspends Its Esports Operations

05 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 05 Jan 2024
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  • AGO announced it has suspended esports operations indefinitely on Friday, January 5, 2023
  • The Polish organisation closed down League of Legends and Counter-Strike divisions
  • This ends AGO Esports’ involvement in CS which spanned six years
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On Friday, January 5, AGO announced it is suspending esports operations, resulting in the closure of the Polish organisation's Counter-Strike and League of Legends teams. The decision comes following a year of limited success in the Counter-Strike scene, as the team managed to win just one tournament across the 12 months.

AGO Esports entered the Counter-Strike scene in 2017. Since then, the team has fielded several roster iterations, comprised mostly of Polish players. In September 2023, AGO pivoted to fielding an international lineup for the first time in the organisation's history.

Unfortunately, the project hasn't accomplished much.

After releasing its Polish roster in July – which went on to form los kogutos – AGO signed a new roster featuring Jonathan "delle" Ahlstedt, Vilius "tAk" Keserauskas, Filip "DEPRESHN" Jarkić, Leo "Svedjehed" Svedjehed, Arbnor "Dementor" Pacolli, and coach Mikołaj "miNIr0x" Michałków.

The international roster had a rough debut with a ninth-12th place finish at CCT East Europe Series #3: Closed Qualifier, but a couple of weeks later found traction and won  European Pro League Season 11: Division 2. This, however, was AGO's only notable accomplishment of 2023.

The team would attend eight more Counter-Strike tournaments by the end of the year, and they've not won a single one. Their best placement over that stretch came in November when AGO placed fourth at Polska Liga Esportowa 2023.

In a statement announcing the disbandment of AGO's esports divisions, the Polish esports organisation stated that it still has the desire and passion to achieve something great for the Polish scene and that it won't exit the esports scene altogether.

As stated, AGO will now focus on probing the market in search of young and talented players whom it can help develop.

Along with the announcement of the closure of its esports teams, AGO also released three players from the Counter-Strike division, including Svedheged, Dementor, and delle. This leaves tAk, DEPRESH, and miNIr0x as the three remaining members on the active lineup.