Imagine signing up to play in ESEA’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Open Division, a league whose competitive status sits just under that of the Mountain Dew League, and you see the following players enter the server:
At first you might think, wow, a bunch of fan boys taking on the names of some of the best and most popular players in their day. Their team name should be Fan Boys, not Old Guys Club. So, you play the match not expecting much, only to get destroyed 1-16. It dawns on you–I just played against some of the most popular and well known players to ever play the game.
Yes indeed. You just played “The Old Guys Club” featuring Sean “sgares” Gares, Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson, Jordan “n0thing Gilbert, and Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen.
The Old Guys Club; Average age of just under 28 years old with Fifflaren at age 30 being the elder statesman having one month on lurppis. Shroud, who may seem like an old person with his stoic, unflappable personality is the youngest at 23 years of age.
And while they may be old in the eyes of the Counter-Strike community (something I still don’t believe), between them, this group boasts 150 tournament wins or qualifications, six DreamHack wins, three ESL Pro League championships, two FACEIT League championships, and a combined $749,626 winnings in prize money.
The Old Guys Club has brought a freshness to the scene that sometimes can get a bit stale. These five players could probably go out and compete internationally doing well here or there, but as is the case with most esports players as they get older, other things become priorities such as family life and finding other ways to make sure they can make a living after esports. And if you look at each of these players individually, they have done exactly that. They have created revenue streams that allows them to pick and choose when they want to play. With that, the pressure to perform has been somewhat alleviated and they can simply play for the love of the game.
Individually, this team, including lurppis, is beloved by fans everywhere and deservedly so. They have shown over the years an affinity towards fans and have always treated then with love and respect. There is not one person in this group that has left a fan signing until each and every one received a signature. Class acts all the way.
Best of luck to the rest of the teams in the league. You’re going to need it.
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