G2 Esports (formerly known as Gamers2) is a Spanish professional esports organization with the HQ located in Berlin, Germany. The organization also hosts squads in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Paladins, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege and Super Smash Bros Melee.
Founding and First Counter-Strike team (2015 February - 2015 August)
G2 Esports was founded in November 2013 by Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez. The organisation gained their first Counter-Strike roster by signing the roster of ex-ESC Gaming on February 11th 2015. With the polish squad consisting of innocent, SZPERO, mouz, rallen and MINISE, whilst still being known as Gamers2. Nearly 2 months after signing, MINISE was replaced by former teammate MICHU. However, only 13 days later, rallen was replaced by a returning MINISE. The core stayed the same, with only dArk and later ex-Golden Five member Loord joining the team as coaches.
The roster saw very poor results. They failed to qualify for the first Major of 2015, ESL One: Katowice 2015, placing 13th - 16th after failing to win any of their matches. The team's only win during their stint playing for Gamers2 was at GamePlan Pro League, a minor event. Shortly after this, on the 3rd of August 2015, G2 parted ways with their Polish roster, which saw all the players - besides mouz - sign for Dobry&Gaming.
Second Counter-Strike team (2015 September - 2016 January)
On the 11th of September 2015, after many rumours, it was announced to the public via HLTV.org that the former roster of Team Kinguin, consisting of ScreaM, rain, Maikelele, fox and dennis was to play for the organisation under the name G2.Kinguin. The team played one event at Dreamhack Open London and placed 5th-6th after going 1-2 in groups, dropping out with a loss to Copenhagen Wolves in the decider match. After this, ScreaM was acquired by Titan on September 23rd, only 12 days after joining the team. His replacement was jkaem, who joined the team from Copenhagen Wolves on September 30th 2015. Their only event with this roster, however, was the 8th season of CEVO Professional - Europe, where the team placed 4th after having to use pauf as a stand-in. On October 14th of the same year, the organisation parted with their coach LEGIJA and a day later, the organisation officially re-branded to G2 Esports.
The team's next challenge was the third major of 2015, Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca. Team Kinguin had made the playoffs of ESL One: Cologne 2015, and so kept their legend spot for the next major. Their group opponents were Team SoloMid, mousesports and FlipSid3 Tactics. G2 made it out through the group stage of the tournament after defeating mousesports 16-8 in the opening Bo1, and then again in the concluding Bo3 with a 2-1 score, following a loss to TSM. Now in the quarter-finals, G2 were matched against the Polish powerhouse, Virtus.pro. They started off well, closing out their map choice of Cache convincingly with a final scoreline of 16-10. In the next map - Train - Virtus.pro took the match all the way to overtime, but after 32 kills from fox and 30 from jkaem, G2 closed out the map with a final score of 19-17. In the semifinals, G2 met the Frenchmen of Team EnVyUs, who had just taken out Swedish favourites Fnatic in the quarterfinals. G2 took the first map on Dust 2, with a score of 16-10, but after losing out in overtime on Inferno 25-21, the momentum of the Frenchmen was too much for them and they lost 7-16 on Cache, a favourite map of the Frenchmen.
11 days after the major, Fnatic aquired dennis from the active lineup as a replacement for their former IGL Markus "pronax" Wallsten. Immediately afterwards, aizy was acquired for an undisclosed fee, leaving only 3 players - rain, fox and Maikelele - from the original Kinguin roster.
First French squad (2016 January - 2017 February)
On the 20th of January 2016, the entire lineup was acquired by FaZe Clan for a reported amount of $700,000 USD.  Only 12 days later, on February 1st, G2 acquired the French former lineup of Titan, who bid farewell to their team on January 11th. During that period, the former squad of Titan had stuck together alongside manager NiaK, and played under the names Ex-Titan and NoKappa until signing for G2.
The first event for the team was the Global eSports Cup in Vilnuis, Lithuania. The team placed a shaky 5th-6th after making it to the quarterfinals but failing to beat North American side Counter Logic Gaming, despite being the favourites. The next tournament for G2 was ESL Expo Barcelona. The team managed a respectable third place, after being beaten by Swedish side Fnatic twice consecutively on the final day, due to the tournament's lack playoffs and unusual Bo1 format. The first event for the French side after Barcelona was at the MLG Columbus Qualifier. G2 were placed in Group A, alongside FlipSid3 Tactics, Tempo Storm and Selfless Gaming. The Frenchmen were able to take two consecutive Bo1 victories over Tempo Storm on Dust II and FlipSid3 Tactics on Inferno to secure the 3rd seed for the group stage of MLG Columbus 2016.
At the Major, the team saw themselves in the middle of group D, described as "The group of death", which consisted of G2, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and Cloud9. G2's opening match against Virtus.pro was a disaster as they were crushed 16-1 by the plow. In their next match, they faced American hopefuls Cloud9, where they redeemed themselves and eliminated the Americans with a convincing win 16-3 on Dust II. In the decider Bo3 match, they once again faced Virtus.pro. The first map was again Train, where the Frenchmen lost once again but showed a strong performance which bought the scoreline up to 9-16. The next map was Inferno, where an amazing match from ScreaM allowed G2 to tie the series. Momentum in hand, the French were looking for a swift victory on the third map, Cobblestone, but Virtus.pro turned the tables and G2 were eliminated from the Major in 9th-12th, after a final scoreline of 7-16.
After a horrible streak of continuous Major group stage eliminations and a string of other shaky results, a roster change was expected by the fans. They were proven right on April 9th 2016, when the team opted to add relatively inexperienced rifler Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro as a replacement for Belgian IGL Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans.
With the acquisition of bodyy the team's future looked brighter. In their first tournament with the new team, a disappointing last place at DreamHack Malmö 2016 occurred where the team managed only 10 rounds in their 2 matches. These results would not last. A thrilling best-of-5 against Brazilian powerhouse and Major winners Luminosity Gaming in the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals saw the resurgence from the team and of ScreaM and Shox. The results didn’t stop there. Their next International tournament ECS Season 1 Saw the team beating Luminosity Gaming in a quick 2-0 fashion. After their huge performance, only weeks before the Major in Cologne looked bright. The team was placed in the group of Death yet again. The Group which saw the Brazilians who had recently been transferred to SK Gaming, Fnatic and European all-star’s FaZe Clan. G2 was knocked out 0-2 taking the last place at ESL One Cologne 2016. The rest of 2016 saw G2 have up and down results Highs being a second place at StarLadder i-league Season 2 and lows being a 12th-14th at ELEAGUE Atlanta Major.
Second French squad (2017 January - 2018 March)
The team's inconsistent and rocky results coinciding with an equally rocky EnVyUs saw the formation of a new French squad known as “The French Super Team”. With the acquisition of Apex, NBK and kennyS to replace ScreaM and RpK with Smithzz becoming coach. The team looked like a prime contender for titles. With a slow start, the team gained momentum and became a force to be reckoned with. G2 was able to place Consistently top 8. When DreamHack Tours 2017 came along the team was able to take the European Hellraisers in a 2-0 fashion in the final marking G2's first tournament victory with the new squad. Their next tournament showing was at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals where the team beat North 3-1 in the final. the following months G2's results would be mostly positive and the team was a ruthless contender. A 9th-11th finish at the Major in Poland dampened G2's exceptional previous runs. This result would not dishearten the roster as they bounced back taking first place at DreamHack Malmö 2017 over North. This would be the last final this roster would make as a multitude of average results caused a fracture in the team. The team broke the Major curse at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 finally making a top 8 but were quickly crushed by the eventual major champions in Cloud9. On the 9th of March the team underwent roster changes. Shox who wanted IGL Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Smithzz to return in place of Apex and NBK. Shox was cut from the active roster along with Smithzz as coach. The team brought in Spanish hybrid "Óscar "Mixwell" Cañellas" for Shox and NiaK replaced SmithZz as coach.
|shox||Richard Papillon||2016-02-01 |
|bodyy||Alexandre Pianaro||2016-04-09 |
|kennyS||Kenny Schrub||2017-02-03 |
|SmithZz||Edouard Dubourdeaux||2018-06-04 |
|Ex6TenZ (Stand-in)||Kevin Droolans||2018-06-04 |
|NiaK (Coach)||Jérôme Sudries||2018-03-09 |
|ocelote||Carlos Rodriguez||Founder & Chief Executive Officer|
|NiaK||Jérôme Sudries||Manager||2016-02-01 |
|Jamie Bach||Chief Operating Officer|
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date||New Organization|
|enkay J||Niclas Krumhorn||Analyst||2017-02-03 ||2018-09-25 ||ALTERNATE aTTaX|
|2018-06-09||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 5 - Finals||0 : 2||$45,000|
|2017-10-29||3rd||Premier||EPICENTER 2017||2 : 1||$60,000|
|2017-09-03||1st||Premier||DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017||2 : 0||$100,000|
|2017-06-24||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 3 - Finals||0 : 2||$45,000|
|2017-06-04||1st||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 5 - Finals||3 : 1||$225,000|
|2017-05-08||1st||Major||DreamHack Open Tours 2017||2 : 0||$50,000|
|2016-11-13||2nd||Major||Northern Arena 2016 - Montreal||1 : 2||$25,000|
|2016-09-11||2nd||Premier||StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2||0 : 2||$50,000|
|2016-06-26||1st||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals||2 : 0||$250,000|
|2016-05-15||2nd||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 3 - Finals||2 : 3||$90,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- "G2’s Counter-Strike team acquired by FaZe Clan". G2 Esports. 2016-01-20.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-02-11). "Gamers2 sign ex-ESC". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-04-09). "Gamers2 sign MICHU". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-04-22). "MINISE returns to Gamers2". HLTV.org.
- "Gamers2 welcome dArk as coach". Gamers2.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-07-09). "Loord replaces dArk as coach". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-08-03). "Gamers2 release team". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-09-23). "Team Kinguin becomes Gamers2". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-09-23). "Titan sign ScreaM". HLTV.org.
- Milan "Striker" Švejda (2015-09-30). "jkaem joins G2". HLTV.org.
- Simon Engstrand (2015-10-14). "Gamers2 coach kicked: ”He wasn’t really very useful”". esport.aftonbladet.se.
- "The revolution is here". G2 Esports. 2015-10-15.
- Lucas "LucasAM" Aznar Miles (2015-11-12). "aizy signs to G2". HLTV.org.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2015-11-12). "fnatic sign dennis; pronax out". HLTV.org.
- Josh Raven (2016-01-25). "With $700,000 price tag, FaZe becomes the most expensive CS:GO team in history". TheDailyDot.
- "G2.Kinguin presents new CS:GO team". G2 Esports. 2016-02-02.
- Milan "Striker" Švejda (2016-04-09). "bodyy replaces Ex6TenZ in G2". HLTV.org.
- "G2 Esports Announces New French CSGO Roster". G2 Esports. 2017-02-03.
- Karina (2017-03-09). "CS:GO team update - NBK- to try out as in-game leader". G2 Esports.
- Striker (2018-05-28). "mixwell allowed to explore options as G2 ponder new lineup". HLTV.org.
- Karina (2018-06-04). "G2 Announces the CS:GO Lineup for ECS Season 5 Finals". G2 Esports.
- "My time with G2 is coming to an end – looking for new opportunities". Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn. 2018-06-25.
- "I am a Free Agent now and looking for a new home". Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn. 2018-09-25.
- "Thank You and Farewell NBK- and apEX". G2 Esports. 2018-10-08.
- Team Vitality (2018-10-08). "Welcome Counter-Strike: Global Offensive".
- "maLek joins as Coach for ESL One New York". G2 Esports. 2018-09-24.