Sprout Closes Down Its Esports Division

25 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 25 Mar 2024
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  • Sprout announced that it is ceasing operation
  • As confirmed, Sprout can no longer sustain its business model
  • All players and staff members were released of all contract-related obligations
Sprout Cease Operations (credit: via Twitter (@sproutGG))
On Monday, March 26, German esports organisation Sprout announced that it is ceasing operations as it can no longer sustain its business model. As a result, Sprout released all of its players and staff, who are now free to find a new home.

In an announcement, Sprout stated that the organisation concludes its model of developing talent and "passing them on" proved to not be financially sustainable without the team being a challenger to compete in big events. As a result, Sprout decided to close down its Counter-Strike division.

The news comes just days after Sprout rebuilt their Counter-Strike team with the signing of Paavo "podi" Heiskanen, Daniil "Sdaim" Tupov, and Kamil "reiko" Cegiełko.

Seven-Year-Long Journey Ends

Sprout entered Counter-Strike in 2017 with the former Seed roster, which featured Paweł "innocent" Mocek, Denis "denis" Howell, Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend, Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala, and Timo "Spiidi" Richter.
The team would go on to appear in ELEAGUE Major 2028 Challenger Stage, however, throughout most of its history, Sprout Counter-Strike team was known for making numerous roster changes.

At some points, Sprout found success and peaked at no.16 in the global rankings at the end of 2020. However, in recent years, success was hard to come by for the German squad, who missed the last two Majors in Paris and Copenhagen.

Last year, Sprout won just one Counter-Strike tournament, European Pro League Season 10 and reached finals in three others, including CCT North Europe Series #5, CCT East Europe Series #2, and Series #4. Unfortunately, the team had not found any success in bigger events.

The dry streak extended into 2024. So far this year, Sprout's most notable accomplishment was reaching the semifinals of RES Western European Masters: Spring 2024.

Due to the disbandment of the team, all nine Sprout players, as well as both coaches, are now free agents, including:

  • Rasmus "raalz" Steensborg
  • Jan "cej0t" Dyl
  • Daniil "Sdaim" Tupov
  • Kamil "reiko" Cegiełko
  • Emil "sL1m3" Stolz
  • Mihai "fNk" Costache
  • Aleksi "millert" Lehtopuu
  • James "SaVage" Savage
  • Vilius "tAk" Keserauskas
  • Danny "BERRY" Krüger - coach
  • Mihajlo "Feed" Petrović - academy coach