It was meant to be; since one of their best players jumped ship and join fnaticRC, and the seemingly inevitable decline of the competitive Counter-Strike 1.6 scene---Winfakt's CS fate was sealed.
Winfakt's management staff announced today that they are closing down the Counter-Strike 1.6 division and releasing the remaining four players of the team. Emil “FYRR73” Karlsson has already left a few weeks ago and joined fnaticRC to become their in-game leader. Another blow suffered by their CS team was the retirement of Bjorn “threat” Pers.
The Swedish team, formerly of Lemondogs, best achievement was their third place finish at the Swedish Championship held last May in Stockholm. But their most recent 9th place finish at Gamegune was a bit of a disappointment to many.
The former Winfakt CS players were:
- Jim “zneel” Andersson
- Frej “kHRYSTAL” Sjöström
- Niklas “niko” Johansson
- John “wenton” Eriksson
Winfakt's CEO, Jelle Baudeweyns released this statement:
“This has been one of our toughest decisions we ever had to do. After so many years of playing and supporting CounterStrike 1.6 we now decided that it is time to move on. We know CS 1.6 is the reason we were able to enter competitive gaming on a full scale and we owe this game a lot but after the roster problems our team faced and current decline of competitive CounterStrike we had to make a decision. It wasn’t an easy one but sometimes you have to make calls against your heart. We will switch to newer games and will announce a new game and a new team soon. So stay tuned for some huge news and I can guarantee you one thing, we will never forget.”
It seems that Winfakt will be switching to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive soon, but they have decided not to retain their old CS 1.6 team. With GO currently being the hottest FPS in town, it will not be a surprise if the four former Winfakt players will be seen playing under another organization--- bringing their 1.6 skills to the GO generation.