It was revealed that Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen was not interested in a $1 million offer by Complexity Gaming, according to a report. The benched ENCE in-game leader turned down the offer to join on a two-year contract. There are rumors that Aleksib may be one of the players 100 Thieves is looking into signing as they enter CSGO once again.
The report states that Complexity Gaming Chief Executive Officer Jason Lake flew to Helsinki, Finland in an effort to convince Aleksib. The main highlights of the offer included $1 million USD and a luxury housing apartment in exchange for a two-year contract. The offer ended up not being accepted. However, it wasn’t because of the money, but rather because the Finnish CSGO player did not want to move to North America.
With this denial, Lake decided to go down the list and try to recruit another player instead. This player was allegedly Heroic’s in-game leader, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer. The two parties had been in discussions multiple times before the player agreed to join in late September. BlameF had joined Heroic in January of 2019. He helped the roster attain 7 – 8th in Season 9’s ESL Pro League Finals, along with 5 – 6th at Chicago’s Intel Extreme Masters XIV. The Danish player replaces the spot formerly held by Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland.
Aleksib started competing in 2015 and has played for organizations like Recursive Esports, SkitLite Gaming, Findictus, ENCE Esports, ENCORE, and HAVU Gaming. While with ENCE, the team placed 2nd at DreamHack Open Montreal, 1st in 2018’s StarSeries & i-League CSGO Season 6, and 1st at DreamHack Open Winter.
During the 2019 season, the Finnish esports organization managed to achieve 2nd at Katowice’s Intel Extreme Masters XIII Major and 1st at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid. The lineup also achieved 2nd at DreamHack Masters Dallas, Chicago’s Intel Extreme Masters XIV, and 5 – 8th at the recent StarLadder Berlin Major. Aleksib was benched after the lackluster performance at the Berlin Major.
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