TeamOne CEO Alexandre “kakavel” Peres explained on Monday that Immortals believed the buyouts for players Pedro “Maluk3” Campos and Alencar “trk” Rossato were too high. According to multiple sources close to both teams, TeamOne asked in excess of $85,000 USD for each player. Immortals CEO Noah Winston responded to kakavel’ statement in this tweet, citing that the buyouts totaled more than ten years of each player’s salary.
Transfer fees for professional Counter-Strike players have exploded over the last year, with teams asking for two, three, and four times as much for players compared to early 2016. In May of this year, Epsilon had been asking for $200,000 for young star Fredrik “REZ” Sterner. There are a number of factors that might drive up the buyout clause in a player’s’ contract: popularity, marketability, skill, potential, etc., but there is a lack of consistency in the community.
Buyout totals are often overlooked by younger players, who are just excited to get their first big paycheck. Once under contract, many are held in a contract purgatory until a team is willing to pay their buyout or until the contract expires. In this case, Maluk3 and trk had a much better chance to play in the next CS:GO Major with Immortals but will instead remain with TeamOne.
Immortals have been actively seeking replacement for Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe, who violated internal suspension by playing in an online qualifier match last week. The organization is also allowing both Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles and Henrique “HEN1” Teles to leave with kNgV- if buyout clauses can be fulfilled. Today Immortals announced the addition of João “horvy” Horvath, which leaves two additional spots on the roster. It has been reported that they will add Caio “zqkS” Fonseca and Lucas “destiny” Bullo as permanent members of their roster.
Whinston declined comment. TeamOne did not respond to request for comment.