When you think of an eSports team, the first thing that comes into your head is the brand of the team, with the players playing on that team being a close second. The problem is that rosters in eSports change just as quickly as they do in traditional sports. It’s extremely hard to have the same team playing for your organization for more than a year or two. Virtus.pro, however, seem to have achieved the impossible. They’ve recently announced that they signed contracts with the roster of their CS:GO team, that will last all the way through to 2020.
The current Polish Virtus.pro roster of Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas, Filip “NEO” Kubski, Jarosław “pasha” Jarząbkowski, Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, and Paweł “byali” Bieliński has been playing for the org since the end of January, 2014. While represeting the team, Virtus.pro was known to be that team that is always a contender, but can’t win and the best in the world for a brief period in 2016. Currently, they are ranked 5th overall in the HLTV CS:GO team ranking, which, while a downgrade from the first place they had before, is still more than good enough to make them a favorite in any CS:GO tournament they enter.
In recent times, where the Team Dignitas roster, as well as the new Astralis and FaZe Clan, reached new heights, Virtus.pro understandably gave up their position as the best, earned by winning ELEAGUE Season 1. Where many teams made their name in EPL Season 4, ELEAGUE Season 2 and many other events, the Polish weren’t there, making the winners of those tournaments less credible and also losing the opportunity to pad their list of achievements as well. With that in mind, their drop in rankings is completely understandable, even when the team itself didn’t start playing badly or anything like that.
Apparently, the managers of Virtus.pro agree that the roster is one of the strongest in the world and so, they decided to resign them for an unprecedented contract, that is supposed to be “a new groundbreaking agreement with the organization. For the next four years the best team in the world will continue playing for our organization,” according to the official announcement, posted on the team’s Facebook page. It’s implied that the contracts with the players are some of the most lucrative in eSports history, however, it’s hard to imagine, unless Virtus.pro has strong corporate backing. Even if it were true, that won’t be for long. Esports are being invaded by non-endemic organizations, raising up player salaries. By signing for such a long time, just before the scene is set to experience a huge growth spurt, the Virtus.pro players might have actually shot themselves in the foot.