Winstrike Team is taking their leave from the competitive Fortnite scene.
Russian esports organization, Winstrike Team, is just the latest in a long list of teams to disband their Fortnite division. Winstrike Team enrolled in Fortnite back in August of 2018, and their stint in the Battle Royale title has met its end as of November 1st, 2019. The Russian organization’s team manager, Andreii Kvasnevskii, commented on their reasoning behind exiting competitive Fortnite.
“Today we decided to close the Fortnite division. Thank you to Vladislav for proudly representing the flag of the Winstrike team in the community and beyond. Objectively, the sport component of Fortnite is far from ideal. The best players are way too high maintenance to keep the lineup in this discipline. No matter how attractive prize pools are, we are not ready to invest in this discipline.”
— Winstrike Team 🚀 (@Winstrike_Team) November 1, 2019
After well over a year spent in competitive Fortnite, Winstrike Team called it quits citing player egos as the primary reason. Since August of 2018, Winstrike saw six professional Fortnite players come and go from their organization. It appears the final player on their roster was Vladislav “Mayhem” Vladimirov, who joined back in April of 2019. Through its endeavor in competitive Fortnite, Winstrike Team’s most significant accomplishment came from a former player, Youseff “Orange” Otsmane. He took 73rd at the EU Winter Royale Finals and earned $1.5K in the process.
It’s unfortunate to see yet another professional esports organization pull out of the Fortnite stratosphere. The recent exit of Natus Vincere is worth noting in this regard as it seems a trend is beginning to develop. Although Winstrike Team is a bit lower on the esports totem pole, the organization does maintain rosters in DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, APEX Legends and FIFA. Epic Games is dishing out the final $5M USD of the initial $100M USD invested in competitive Fortnite during the Fortnite Champion Series and perhaps one final event. It will be worth keeping an eye on what comes next for the ultra-popular Battle Royale title from an esports perspective.
Stay tuned to ESTNN for coverage of the Fortnite Champion Series, which kicks off November 1st, 2019.