Burbank, California, December 28th, 2012 – Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), one of the world’s premier professional gaming organizations today announces a sweeping array of changes forthcoming as the organization prepares for 2013, Season 3, and beyond.
Today CLG is excited to announce its partnership with GGWP Apparel, a premier eSports clothing line. GGWP Apparel will act as the official distribution partner of all CLG clothing. CLG merchandise can now be found on the CLG section of the GGWP Apparel website, or through the store link on the CLG website.
In addition to this, CLG is preparing to launch its new clothing line for 2013. CLG’s Art Director, MaTTcom (creator of AstroNautilus and Pool Party Ziggs) has come up with many new designs for the CLG line and now we need you to help us decide which ones to print. A complete listing of the new designs and poll for which ones will be made can be found here.
Since the end of the Riot’s Season 2 World Championships, the CLG documentary has been in full schedule post production. After lots of hard work, we are happy to release the second trailer for the documentary which includes the final release of the full length feature.
The documentary will be free to anyone who wishes to view it, but we will also be accepting donations to help recover the costs of producing the film. The director of the film, Max “s0r3” Sims, will also be doing an AMA on reddit the day of the documentary’s release.
CLG Premier Series
Along with the release of the CLG documentary, CLG is also excited to announce the CLG Premier Series, a North American tournament produced by Well Played Productions in coordination with CLG.
As previously discussed (in this reddit thread), the CLG Premier Series (CPS) will be a 16 team tournament with entrants decided by the North American 5v5 Premade Ladder. Teams have until Friday, January 18th at 11:59 PM PST to climb the ladder in order to qualify for the tournament. The tournament will begin with group stages on Monday, January 21st with matches continuing until the tournament concludes on Sunday, January 27th. CLG will be donating the initial prize pool of $10,000 but all future installments of the tournament series will be dependent on revenue generated through viewership and sponsorship revenue generated by each of the series respective previous installment. All revenues will be made public and all proceeds derived from the CPS will go towards funding future productions of the series so long as it continues. You can find more information about the tournament at its website, http://wellplayed.org/cps
Most regrettably, Counter Logic Gaming today announces that its brother team, CLG EU, has elected to not re-sign with the organization when their contracts expire at the end of December. While CLG gave its best efforts to retain the team, in the end, it was not able to compete with the offerings of other organizations.
“While I am sad to see CLG EU leave, I understand their position and the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to them” said George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis, Co-Founder and President of CLG. “In their time with the organization, Snoopeh, Krepo, Yellowpete, Froggen, and Wickd have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent and formidable teams in the League of Legends professional scene. I am proud of what they have accomplished; grateful for the value and honor they brought to CLG; thankful for the time we spent together as teammates and friends at events, in Korea, at the gaming house in California; and excited to see them continue to develop and grow not only as players, but as people. Good luck in Season 3 and beyond!”
In their time with the organization, CLG EU earned 10 top 3 finishes including wins at DreamHack Summer 2012, Lone Star Clash 2, and Corsair Vengeance Cup. The team also placed 2nd in Azubu The Champions Summer 2012 and 3rd/4th in Riot’s Season 2 Finals.
CLG Black and Link115
Counter Logic Gaming today also announces the official disbandment of its second North American team, CLG Black. Due to differences in aspirations of members amongst the team, CLG Black has decided to disband.
“CLG Black was originally recruited as a practice partner to help develop our team and eventually compete with the other top teams in North America” said Steve “Chauster” Chau, who plays the Jungle role on CLG. “While it is unfortunate they can no longer remain together under the CLG banner, I recognize great talent in them individually and know they will find success on other competitive teams in the future.”
CLG would also like to announce however that Austin “Link115” Shin, CLG Black’s former mid player, will be joining the main squad officially as an alternate player and will be moving into the CLG house in Burbank with the rest of the team.
CLG Prime/NA and Aphromoo
With no other teams retained under its banner, CLG Prime now officially returns to the original Counter Logic Gaming name. In addition to this, CLG is also excited to announce the addition of Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black to the CLG roster. Aphromoo will be the new starting support player for the team, filling the role vacated by Locodoco.
“Time to get down to business,” said Aphromoo about joining CLG. “Being given the opportunity to play support for CLG makes me a little giddy because I will be able to play a role I am most comfortable in, coming from a healer for seven years in World of Warcraft. I will be putting in hard work to master support coming from playing AD carry so much, but with being under CLG I will have the proper tools necessary in order to become the best support in the world. I am happy!”
CLG is also undergoing some changes in its roster on the business end. Today we announce the resignations of Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis as Chief Executive Officer and Robert “CyberBob” Del Papa as Chief Operations Officer. CLG has also promoted Kelby “SAYOCEAN” May to the role of General Manager and brings on Mark “Garvey” Candella to serve as Director of Business Development for the organization.
“As CLG prepares for Season 3 and beyond, I feel we stand before a new surge in the popularity of eSports.” said George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis, Co-Founder of CLG and Captain of CLG. “Helen and Robert have both done great jobs preparing the company to be poised to not only survive, but flourish in the coming eSports climate.”
“CLG is well positioned for continued growth and profitability and now is the time to hand things over,” said Helen “RealMomGG” Georgallidis. “I wish to thank our sponsors, the people within the organization and our loyal fans for their support and the unforgettable memories of the past year. I am proud of the players and their commitment to excellence, their passion for their profession, and their clear goals to try new things. I look forward to their continued success and achievements in 2013.”
“Working for Counter Logic Gaming has been a dream come true” said Robert “CyberBob” Del Papa. “Though we had our growing pains, I believe that the organization has proven itself to be one of the most successful names in eSports. The players and the staff behind the scenes have worked so very hard to delight our fans and elevate the legitimacy of eSports as a whole. I will sincerely miss all of the players and staff, but it's time for me to move on. I wish CLG the best of luck in the future, and I have tons of confidence that the organization will continue to prove itself to be one of the best around.”
Ms. Georgallidis and Mr. Del Papa are relieved by Kelby “SAYOCEAN” May and Mark “Garvey” Candella. Mr. May and Mr. Candella will be working in tandem on all aspects of the organization in order to perform CLG’s management needs, though each will have a primary set of responsibilities. Mr. May has been promoted to General Manager and will focus on operations, financials, and talent management/coaching. Mr. Candella joins the organization as its Director of Business Development and will focus on sponsorships, partnerships, and company relations. Mr. May and Mr. Candella join the current executive management team of CTO/Co-Founder, Alexander “Vodoo" Beutel and President/Co-Founder, Mr. Georgallidis.