Do sports teams even want to win?

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

I’ve seen a fair bit of sports teams come into the esports space. Not all of them, as I don’t care either way, but every time one of them announce a roster, I am flabbergasted. And not like everyone else who is crooning over how great it is to get mainstream validation or because their promotional video was good. I’m flabbergasted at how bad their rosters are. Sports teams should theoretically have way more spending power than an esports team does and should be able to buy top-tier players or try to form elite level teams. Instead we get lackluster/mediocre teams over and over again. Some that come to mind are Schalke, PSG, Echo Fox and NRG.

Today Dignitas parted ways with its Danish Counter-Strike roster, one of the teams to have won in the parity era, one of the teams to have qualified for the Major and one of the teams I think will go up in status as time goes on. To be fair to sports teams, TSM did the same thing with its Danish roster (that eventually became Astralis), as they decided to focus on NA and now no one remembers them while the Astralis players head into the Major as one of the best teams in the world and one of the favorites to win the whole thing.

So I have to ask: Do any of these sports teams want to win a big one?

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers. You can reach him at Stephen@Slingshotesports.com

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