Beyond Esports have officially disbanded their CS:GO division as well as their esports operations, the Thai organization announced on Facebook.
With the disbandment, Beyond Esports have become the first Asian team in 2021 to do so. The news of Beyond Esports parting ways with its roster follows the end of eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival Southeast Asia playoffs, where the Thai team finished 3rd-4th after losing to Paper Rex 2-1 in the semifinal. The team were ranked 2nd in Thailand and outside of CSGO2ASIA’s top 10 rankings following their inactivity after the team won 188Esports Thailand Championship 2020 in late October.
The Beyond Esports organization was formed way back in August 2017, signing the former Maple Club roster containing three of the current ZIGMA players. The roster have gone many significant changes until in February 2020, the organization decided to do a revamp on their roster by acquiring the former ALPHA Red lineup and brought back their second-generation player Anupong “stk“Mueangngam into the team as well.
During this period, Kntz and co. managed to reach third place in the grand final of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 – Asia and ESL Pro League Season 12 – Asia, only to lose twice against ViCi. The most notable achievements of their career under the organization were two local trophies they lifted at 1XeSport CS:GO Challenge 2020 and 188Esports Thailand Championship 2020, where they beat Lucid Dream and NG Esports respectively in the grand finals.
The team’s sudden collapse comes as a surprise as the team just finished 3-4th at eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 Southeast Asia a few days ago. Besides that, they’re scheduled to participate in the upcoming Hyperion X OEL CS:GO Launch Event, which was announced to be postponed earlier this week to a yet unknown date.
In the press release, Beyond Esports revealed that they are ready to shift their focus, with the organization now looking to leave the esports team industry and enter the esports media, marketing, and public relations business.
“Beyond Esports have decided to disband the esports team and transform into esports media, marketing & PR consulting. Thank you for all the support from the fans, partners, and those who are part of the journey for the past 4 years. Thank you for following and being with us to this day. I hope this transformation, through our content in the future, will produce benefits and give knowledge and inspiration to the audiences or people who are esports fans. I truly appreciate those who have been following Beyond Esports and still be here with us, and hopefully on this day forward as well. I will do my very best in the next challenging chapter. Thank you.”– Puttatida “ptta” Wittayarungrote, Owner of Beyond Esports
CSGO2ASIA.com has reached out to the team for comment, confirmed by Phoomphat “qqGOD” Phojjanart that the roster will be sticking together for the upcoming tournaments ahead of them, including Hyperion x OEL CS:GO Launch and ESEA Open S36 APAC. It is unclear whether the team will be under a new organization by the start of ESEA Open S36 APAC.
The following players have now been released from their contracts by Beyond Esports:
- 🇹🇭 Maitri “MAIROLLS” Sukrob
- 🇹🇭 Krit “Kntz” Chaiprasit
- 🇹🇭 Peeratch “Olivia” Ingkudanonda
- 🇹🇭 Anupong “stk” Mueangngam
- 🇹🇭 Phoomphat “qqGOD” Phojjanart
Cover photo courtesy of StarLadder