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The End of an Era

Counter Logic Gaming To Close Esports Operations, Mass Layoffs Ahead

Esports 04-04-2023 16:45
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CLG during the 2023 LCS Spring Playoffs: Who would've known that this might have been the last time we've seen CLG jerseys on stage? | © Riot Games / Colin Young-Wolff

The esports community hasn't fully recovered from the TSM earthquake that hit on the first weekend of April, but it seems there is an even more violent aftershock. According to reports by independent League of Legends reporter Travis Gafford the renowned esports organization Counter Logic Gaming will be closing all operations and laying off all their staff – effective pretty much immediately. 

This comes as a massive shock, not only to CLG fans, but to the esports community in general. Counter Logic Gaming has been a hallmark of the North American scene for well over a decade, which is an eternity by the standards of such a young industry. 

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These are some spicy, fresh news, courtesy of well-known LoL insider Travis Gafford. He released a short YouTube video on April 3, 2023, providing all the available info about the demise of Counter Logic Gaming. According to Travis, CLG will immediately seize all esports operations and will lay off all their staff effective on April 6, 2023. This will also include the CEO of the company, Greg Kim. 

Counter Logic Gaming has been part of many different esports leagues over the years, including CS:GO, Call of Duty, and of course also League of Legends. While all of their teams will be disbanding, it seems like there are plans to sell off their LCS squad to another company. 

NRG Esports Looking To Buy CLG's LCS Team

According to the reports by Travis Gafford, fellow esports competitor NRG might be in the mix to buy CLG's League of Legends branch. Long-time LCS fans might recognize the brand's name, as NRG used to field an LCS themselves between 2015 and 2016, before disbanding it at the end of that year.

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Counter Logic Gaming was acquired by the Madison Square Garden Company in 2017, who are most well known for their ownership of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers respectively. But even before that, CLG was one of the inaugural teams during the first NA LCS season in 2013 and well-known for one of the most competitive teams in the league. 

With mass layoffs right around the corner, there is a lot of uncertainty for CLG staff and players alike. As of now, it is still unclear what led to the shutdown of CLG but as soon as there is more information, we will update you!

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