iNation Close Down Counter-Strike Division

05 Jun 2024
Tit Krajnik 05 Jun 2024
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  • iNation ceased operation on Tuesday, June 4, 2024
  • The Serbian esports organisation cited recent Major and RMR updates as the reason
  • The decision sees the entire iNation Counter-Strike roster part ways with the organisation
On Tuesday, June 4, 2024, iNation announced they’re closing down their Counter-Strike division, releasing the entire roster to pursue new opportunities. The news comes shortly after Valve’s update to the Major and RMR rulebook, which included the removal of open qualifiers in Europe.

The Serbian esports organisation released a statement, saying that it could not sustain its project due to Valve’s updates, which significantly impacted its objectives and reduced the feasibility of iNation achieving its goals.

The statement also mentioned that while iNation decided to close down its Counter-Stike team, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the organisation won’t look for opportunities to return back into the CS esports scene.

iNation made its debut in the CS esports world in 2013, when it fielded many players who ended up achieving stardom. That includes G2 Esports’ Nemanja “huNter-“ Kovač, Nemanja “nexa” Isaković, and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, as well as coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović and Janko “YNk” Paunović.

Throughout its history, iNation competed mostly in lower-division Counter-Strike tournaments, although the team made some noise. In 2023, iNation reached the Paris Major 2023 EU RMR B through the open qualifiers.

Unfortunately, iNation failed to qualify for the Major and continued competing in lesser events.

They have found some success in lower-division tournaments but decided to take a break in June 2023 before returning to the scene in late April 2024. Since then, iNation won RES Adriatic League Season 4: Closed Qualifier #1 and RES Season 7: Closed Qualifier #1 and reached the semifinal of both tournaments.

The return has now proven to be rather short-lived, as iNation again closed down their operation, releasing al of their players and coaches.

Now-released iNation roster includes:

  • Luka "emi" Vuković
  • Nikola "Dragon" Boskovic
  • Jane "aidKiT" Apostoloski
  • Zoran "xicoz" Markovski
  • Luka "c0llins" Živanović
  • Uroš "eRCEG" Erceg - coach