I do realise that many of you have seen this coming and I wanted to give an official statement regarding the closure of Type Gaming.
I would like to share my honest opinion about the experience, I hope this will benefit people who will go in the eSports team adventure and shed some light for our fans.
The last year has been truly amazing, going from nothing to attending all major tournaments in Europe and even Sao Paolo was truly a dream come true.
The eSports community I discovered has shaped my future for ever and I will never forget all the time in Type Gaming.
This, however, came with great challenges, the main one has been time. Keeping the team afloat took more and more time from all involved members, the expectations kept getting higher and higher but unfortunately our results did not allow for extra investment.
As such, the environment became stressful and less enjoyable. This is when PhoeNix went back to Korea, soon after, DBS left the team house as well and only ReaL was living there. This became even more stressful as most of the expectations fell onto ReaL and of course, it became more and more difficult to play with a clean mind. This meant that it was even more difficult to increase our results.
After strong discussions, ReaL and I decided it was time to part ways, we did this amicably so that ReaL's talent would not be wasted and so that he could join another team however he wanted. I am happy that Ai decided to take ReaL onboard.
With ReaL, most of our Starcraft II roster left, that was expected and we were planning to re-inforce our troops in Japan (Thank you so much PSiArc, Sugeo and Nemuke!), this has been going quite well as PSiArc is arguably the best player in Japan and he showed very good results at the Tokyo Game Show. Nemuke himself is doing great with his fun stream (please keep watching him!) and Sugeo, casting games at Tokyo Game Show and running the Japanese Starcraft news site sc-times.net
Still, the amount of investment needed to reshape Type Gaming and bring it to the high level we've aimed at from the beginning became too much.
Rather than being a B-Team, I decided that it was time to stop, regain energy, rethink projects and look forward to future endeavours.
Bellow, you will find the general statement which has now become the front-page of our website.
October 14th 2012
After a little over a year, Type Gaming closed its doors.
The adventure of eSports has been an amazing one which led us to meet great talents and forge friendships which will last a lifetime.
Through the last months, the team has become increasingly difficult to run and maintain.
This has been due to both decreasing results, lack of engagement and increasing financial pressure. Today we decided it was time say goodbye.
We would like to give special thank you to everyone who supported and helped Type Gaming in this year.
Our thoughts goes especially to:
Dennis TaKe from TakeTV for the amazing work he is doing everyday in eSports
Razer for the awesome gear that we've been using and enjoying throughout our trainings and travels
Cheaphotels Japan for providing the financial basis to run Type Gaming
HolmesPlace for providing access to their amazing gym in Düsseldorf, Germany
Lex for giving his Apartment to Type Gaming and running the startup with all his heart and giving chances to all the talented players and managers
All the people who made Type Gaming: Lex, PSiArc, Nemuke, Sugeo, ReaL, DBS, PhoeNix, Els,JeeF, SuN, NaurtO, STW, breek, ENZA, mOps, Rj, Failo, SiN, Qui, Svane and dotanatoren
Thank you eSports.