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How does the transfer window in CS:GO work?

John Dow
John Dow
Author CyberSport.io
8 min read
Many teams in the CS:GO industry switched up their lineups this winter, which was a good thing. Dozens of unexpected decisions have been made during the transfer window, making this season even more interesting. Perhaps, we will see new favorites and outsiders among the competing teams in the upcoming tournament season.
How does the transfer window in CS:GO work?

Esports player transfers have become common. The industry is developing not only externally, but also internally. There are a lot of tournaments; prize funds are growing, and, of course, players' salaries and costs are growing. It is no longer a secret that CS:GO player costs can exceed a hundred thousand dollars; this is just the beginning. Transfer windows in CS:GO open twice a year after the main tournaments of the year, which are called Major, where, as a rule, the largest prize pools.


How does the transfer market work? 

Just like in football or any other team sport, the process of scouting for talent in esports is handled by a scout. The team that finds a suitable candidate requests another organization, and negotiations begin. In addition, teams are prohibited from entering negotiations without notifying the club. As a rule, the price of a potential transfer is discussed there.

 

Later, the player himself negotiates the details of his future contract. If both the seller and buyer are satisfied, the player is then taken for a trial period. In the case of a successful passage, teamwork with the team, for example, happens that the players may not be suitable in character. Finally, the teams sign contracts, and the player moves to the new team. This principle of procedure occurs in all eSports disciplines. Currently, in CS:GO transfers, there are no restrictions on the size of the transfer or the salary of players, unlike in football, where fair play operates.

 

Best CS:GO transfers in 2022

 

Headtr1ck moved to Ninjas in Pajamas

Ninjas in Pajamas signed a young Ukrainian player Headtr1ck from NaVi Junior. As you remember, this academy has already produced players like B1t and m0NESY, who are the best young players. Can Headtr1ck improve this Swedish team?

 

 

Kair0N- moved Outsiders

The most unexpected transfer of this winter transfer window. After all, changes took place in the composition of the Major champion. No one can name the exact reason for this transfer. This may be a failed performance at the BLAST Premier World Finals or a possible conflict within the team. It doesn't matter anymore, because the change has taken place. Kair0N- is a young player, and this is an excellent chance for him to gain a foothold among the professionals because the previous attempt in his native Team Spirit was unsuccessful.

 

 

Buster joined Cloud9

Cloud9 (ex-Gambit) has been one of the strongest rosters of recent years. These five guys went from the bottom to the top together to first place on HLTV. Unfortunately, the team decided to make a replacement for interz. Buster was inactive with the Outsiders after the Antwerp Major. Whether the Kazakh player is in good shape, we will be able to make sure very soon. Because similar CS:GO reshuffles are very difficult to evaluate at the beginning.

 

 

k0nfig joined Ninjas in Pajamas

The signing of Headtr1ck was not the only acquisition made by NiP. The Swedish club has signed k0nfig, this Danish player has a huge number of awards, excellent personal skills, as well as a controversial reputation outside of professional activities. Will they be able to get along with a young sniper in the same team, the results of the team will already show this. In fact, the team has had such performers for a long time, and in my opinion, they should either succeed or improve their results.

 


Npl transferred to Natus Vincere

Sdy played for most of 2022 with Natus Vincere, but he entered the new year 2023 as a free agent. In his place, they acquired a young player from the academy. Npl did not come at the best time for the team, because the leaders are not in their best shape now, which affects the results. If we take b1t, who also came to NaVi from the academy, then he joined the team at the peak of success, replacing the weak link flamie. It can be argued that NaVi focused on the future because sdy is considered a senior player and is unlikely to be able to progress in the future, unlike npl.

 

 

Summary

The transfer market in CS:GO is dynamic and constantly changing. Teams reshuffles are very useful for both the teams themselves and the spectators. Young players are crowding out experienced ones, and a generational change can be found in any sport. Ahead of us is the Major in Paris, where we will be able to see if the reshuffle is good for the teams. Share your experience with Cyber-sport.io. Subscribe and follow the latest eSports news!

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