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Fame Extends Contract With Virtus.Pro For Four Years
- Petr "fame" Bolyshev will stay with Virtus.pro for at least four more years
- Fame's contract extension comes just over one month after arrival at VP
- Fame is the third-highest-rated player of the roster
Petr "fame" Bolyshev (credit: via virtus.pro)
Russian Counter-Strike team Virtus.pro announced on Tuesday, October 10, that Petr "fame" Bolyshev has extended his contract with the team for four years. The news comes ahead of Roobet Cup 2023, where VP will compete in their first Counter-Strike 2 tournament since the scene moved away from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Fame started his Counter-Strike career in March 2020 with S-Gaming before getting picked up by K23 in January 2021, where he made his professional debut. With K23, fame has made a name for himself as one of the most promising riflers from the CIS region and helped the team win several events, including Pinnacle Winter Series #1 and Thunderpick Bitcoin Series #1.
At the end of May 2022, fame joined Virtus.pro who were at the time playing under the Outsiders moniker and continued posting impressive individual results, and played an important role in the team's title-winning run at Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major 2022, averaging a 1.24 performance rating throughout the tournament.
After the shock run in Rio, the team went through a turbulent time and made several roster changes before settling for Nikolay "mir" bityukov as a replacement for Alexey "Qikert" Golubev. The roster instability was noticeable in Virtus. pro's results, as the team failed to win or come close to winning a single event until June when VP claimed the ESL Challenger Katowice 2023.
Since then, Virtus.pro added another tournament title from CCT Online Finals #2 and, in August, placed second at Dunav Party LAN. In bigger events, however, Virtus.pro failed to leave much of a mark.
Even though the team's struggled, fame has shown incredible individual performances, averaging a 1.10 performance rating across the year, helping the team find some success in lesser events despite the team failing to accomplish much in Tier-1 tournaments.
"fame has been showing a good level of play and championship ambitions for quite some time now, and he only turned 20 this year. Petr demonstrates professionalism not only with in-game matters but also in terms of work ethics, always ready to listen to advice from more experienced teammates and continue to develop. Re-signing the contract with him is a significant step in our long-term strategy regarding the CS2 lineup."
Fame commented on his contract extension, thanking the team that helped him become a better player and saying that he wants to stay with Virtus.pro.
"With the help of the club's management, coaching staff, and our captain, I have been able to flourish in Virtus.pro and continue to progress. We are still hungry for victories and believe in each other. VP is the club I want to play for and win with."
Virtus. pro's next competitive endeavor starts on October 25, with the Roobet Cup. The team's next LAN event is set for FiReLEAGUE 2023 Global Finals and ESL Challenger Jönköping 2023, slated for November.
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