ESC Gaming's Polish all-stars have been one of the greatest 1.6 teams ever seen in the game, and have been pushing the top level of the game for the past few years. However with CS:GO on the horizon, the team have embraced it with an open mind.
Announced through a post from their Facebook page
, the team have announced that whilst they aren't fully switching over from 1.6 to GO, they will be looking to take part in CS:GO tournaments if that is the avenue that event organisers are taking.
With the announcement that DreamHack Winter will only support CS:GO, the post from Golden Five suggests that they feel that if they are to continue playing Counter Strike competitively, they will eventually have to transition to the newest addition to the franchise. However, they have made it clear that they won't be dropping 1.6 until there are absolutely no tournaments for the team to play in.
This raises the question as to whether the Polish squad will be able to compete successfully in both games at a high level, and whether or not dedicating time to both games in the long run will be worth it, as tournaments start to pick up CS:GO as a full replacement for any FPS game as it stands.
The full post on the Golden Five Facebook page said:
To everyone out there interested in the future of our team - we do not quit CS 1.6, we have started practicing CS:GO right now to see how it is, and to be ready - if most of the events will switch to the new game.
If there will be any 1.6 event out there in the world we will be very happy to participate in that. Unfortunately the situation is as it is and we are also very unhappy about us being forced to leave aside the game that we all love and that has been part of us since over a decade.
It's been the greatest time for us but we have to move on and stay open minded for anything that the future might bring to us. Be gentle in your judgement!
Golden Five is:
Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Filip "Neo" Kubski
Jaroslaw "pasha" Jarz?bkowski
Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski