Epsilon eSports has come to terms with Endpoint for the purchase of Counter-Strike player Owen “smooya” Butterfield for 7,500 British Pounds (about $10,000), according to multiple sources. After a rough period of negotiation that included Epsilon offering less than 20 percent of the proposed buyout, they agreed Thursday to the deal.
According to a source, Epsilon was extremely difficult in negotiations and threatened to move on to a different player if Endpoint didn’t agree to lower the buyout significantly. Endpoint felt it would hinder smooya to continue to negotiate any further and agreed the aforementioned deal, the source said.
Smooya will join an Epsilon roster that contains one of the top Swedish prospects in CS:GO, Fredrik “REZ” Sterner, who has garnered interest from multiple top teams, including Ninjas in Pyjamas and GODSENT. Epsilon has sought a $200,000 buyout price for him.
Epsilon is expected to acquire an additional player soon to fill out their roster with REZ, smooya, Fredrik “freddieb” Buö and André “BARBARR” Möller for upcoming tournaments.
This year has been difficult for Epsilon, which failed to qualify for a number of events to this point. Epsilon’s best finish includes a quarterfinal finish at Copenhagen Games in April and the World Electronic Sports Games back in January. With the loss of William “Draken” Sundin to Ninjas in Pyjamas and quite possibly REZ, it will be difficult to improve upon these results going forward.
Epsilon did not respond to a request for comment.