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Titan Bids Farewell

Singapore – January 13, 2016


Hello everybody,

 

What a ride this has been, eh? Launching Titan in September 2013, I had no idea how exciting this would turn out to be. 

We started out with a top level Malaysian Dota 2 team, who managed to clinch a top 10 placement at The International 4. Then followed Cypher, our legendary Quake player who won two DreamHacks and one QuakeCon under our banner. Then of course came our longest standing division, the French speaking CS:GO team, winning and competing in numerous prestigious events. And last but not least our SMITE team, vice-champions of SWC 2015. 

Such talent and such great people I had the good fortune to encounter and support. I will never forget the strength and integrity that all our boys brought to Titan in order to perpetuate what we stood for, the spirit of competition.

 

Now why is Titan shutting down then? I began with an investment budget that was slightly on the lower side of the spectrum back in the days. The staff and myself made it count and counted every penny, in order to maximise the effectiveness of our choices. Titan grew slowly, but organically, without major financial backing or the assistance of sponsorship budgets. I was building a brand and branding was where all the money was invested into; from social media, to teams, to activations and so on. As soon as Titan had grown to a respectable size and fanbase, we started reaching out to potential sponsors. Even though the road was bumpy and we could have made smarter decisions in multiple aspects up to this point, we persevered. In December 2014, we had finally managed to negotiate a much greater than expected sponsorship budget for 2015. Life was good and we were close to entering the LCS through a team acquisition. The initial strategy had paid off, we had gotten it right!

But then we were awoken by some pretty bad news, one of our CS:GO players was banned for cheating. This sent shivers down my spine, because it couldn’t have come at a worse moment. All the bad press that this brought and the major hit the image of an otherwise respectable brand took, was too much. Sponsors and partners with whom we were about to sign, understandably backed out of deals, not wanting to be associated with a company that had just been tarnished. Needless to say, our budget for 2015 had gone up in smoke from one day to another.

From then on it was a real uphill battle and I forced myself to reinvest into Titan in order to keep the company afloat for at least one more year, believing that we could make it after all. We fought the entire year, trying to secure sponsorships that would enable us to keep a struggling, but great CS:GO team as well as our SMITE team. We also sought advice from agencies and lawyers to maybe even sell shares in the company, or merge with another one. None of these scenarios ever materialised with any of the potential partners we spoke to.

Here we are now, starting 2016 without a budget high enough to keep a CS:GO team or pay our amazing staff. How profoundly sad.

 

This means that as of today, Titan is ceasing operations and releasing all current players and staff into this beautiful esports wilderness. Our CS:GO team will move on and hopefully find a new home worthy of their loyalty and determination. It also must be said that it was an honour to have some of the most dedicated staff members working tirelessly for us. None of this could have been done without you guys and you made me proud.

Thank you to all our fans, supporters, haters, detractors, partners and opponents. We would not be Titan if it weren’t for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you also to all team owners, players and tournament organisers; what a privilege it was to have been able to interact with you and in some cases become close friends. Even though not everything worked out in the end, many incredible people made this all worthwhile.

Yours truly will remain in esports and see what opportunities present themselves in the future. It is a crazy industry after all , who knows what might happen!

All the best and stay tough,

 

Damien Grust
Founder & CEO

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Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:16
rip
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:18
it was an amazing journey, verygames was the first csgoteam i saw playing and i was amazed. Just a while later you acquired the team and ive been following ever since. best of luck to you guys in the future, now im even more interested in buying a jersey just for the great memories.
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:20
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY IM GONNA CRYYYY :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:23
[*]((
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:28
Thats what happens when you buy the most overrated player for 150k
gj, now all scream fankids gonna be sad :(
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:28
Stay tough.
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:34
Fucking KQLY. LET THE WITCHHUNT BEGIN!
#8 Cecil
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:37
feel for spicy meatball rpk. Sound lad imo. Did everything he could for Cecil. R.I.P Cecil.
#9 nwL
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:41
I enjoyed VERYGAMES and I enjoyed Titan. Thanks for the ride.
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:43
NOOOOOOOOO =(
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:54
:'(
#12 sN*
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 22:55
Well done KQLY. Arsehole. He's still earning cash with streaming. Perhaps Titan should file a claim for the damage he did. Should be possible.
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 23:01
Would have bought more stickers had i known.
#14 Bard
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 23:23
My default AWP now cost 10 dollars because of the stickers.........
Forget about that
I'll miss you Titan you were one of my favorite CSGO teams and I will miss you guys very much :-;
#15 teammk3
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 23:33
R.I.P
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 23:35
RIP Titan hope all players the best of luck in the future. (kinda points out that KQLY's VAC Ban caused the fall of Titan)
Posted on 2016/01/13 - 23:45
:( rip one of my fav orgas, thanks for everything!
#18 Fluffy
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 00:08
pce
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 00:09
Rip Titan. Absolutely one of my favorite organisations if not my favourite. Ill follow the CSGO team wherever they go since Ive been a fan since they were verygames. But I felt like Titan was the perfect organisation for them.
#20 Fox_E
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 00:15
oh no pls where go scream wtf riperino no titan big boss no
#21 ???????
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 01:23
Here Come the overpriced stickers










o shit.
#22 KRMN
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 01:26
Always loved the team & org. Sad to see you guys go #KQLYsFAULT [*]
#23 MerkX
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 02:18
I'm so sorry, this is really saddening and I hope one day the name Titan will be reborn and will be carried out to victory just like the old days. Rest in piece.
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 02:23
I honestly feel as if i was Titan's number one fan because how obsessed i was with this team ever since VERY GAMES this makes me absolutely heart broken and i loved this team more than any other thing i could have imaged i bought to much merc off this team and fully supported them spending 100's of dollars on stickers this honestly makes me wanna cry because how much i loved them and i no longer or ever really will have a favorite team this might just bring a stop to my CS:GO career in general i hope the best of luck to these boys who i claimed as a hero to me and used quotes from in school work, I hope luck to all the super fans like me and i am going to miss this team like nothing you can believe, Titan was an honor to support and hope that the pro players do well further in life and may be able to create another team one day best of luck.
- Titan TSP
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 02:51
buy their stickers quick lol, its gonna be like IBuyPower and price gonna rise like shit
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 03:21
Hahaha how does Titan not make a boat load of money you have scream the most overhyped player in the cs go scene. You should have whored him out for every ad opportunity possible, you should have released a new crazy headshot YouTube video of him every week, you should have used him to sell heaps of merch. Either you're lying and you made money and want to get out or you seriously mismanaged your business probably by trying to diversify into multiple games.
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 04:04
As I said to my friend this is all just money making, as you all know stickers actualy give money to the correspondent team and titan just really needs that money so they're shutting down so they get more money out of the stickers and after they might come back.

I know its hard to accept that they're doing this for money but that's how life works, sometimes you just have to make money you know :/. bye titan <3
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 04:08
Rest In Peace
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 06:39
im gonna cry :(
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 07:43
[*] RIP Titan, miss you already bb <3
#31 SpongeY
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 07:50
i want kennys stickers to go up

hes my favourite player
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 08:47
Titan, you were and are one of the best cs:go teams in the world. Sad to see a great team go that produced many good players. Good Luck for the future!
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 09:28
Nice steam market crash with all titan items profit incomming
#34 M3N
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 10:31
I am crying right now. I love Titan so badly (specially Scream) farewell Titan. We will always love you!!! <3
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 17:19
Adil "ScreaMyyy SAIYAJIN" Benrlitom o7

Richard "shoxieJESUS" Papillon o7

Cédric "RpK" Guipouy o7

Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux o7

Kévin " Ex6TenZ" Droolans o7

Titan o7

Thank You For All The Good Times....

Best Of Luck In The Future :(

:'(

[*]

Titan > EnVyUs
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 17:52
I am really sorry to hear that guys! Titan it's in my top 3 team's so it really hurts to hear one like that. I watched so many games and i enjoyed all of them because of you guys! Maybe something magic will happen and you will comeback even stronger! TITAN IZ LIFE!
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 21:30
omg xD

They cant have money

If They buy all Titans on the markt xDD
Posted on 2016/01/14 - 22:20
It was KQLY's fault. :/ Seriously though, I'm gonna have to find a new CS:GO pro team to cheer for. RIP Titan.
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 07:40
Would it be possible for the CS community to rally around and rescue Titan with a gofundme? I would be willing to donate for it.
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 08:40
NOOOOOOO.I WILL CRY.WHAT WILL THE TEAM OF TITAN DO ?!?!?!
#41 Dam4ik
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 14:51
R.I.P.
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:27
rip
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:27
rip
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:28
rip
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:28
rip
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:28
rip
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 15:28
rip
#47 Tyraex
Posted on 2016/01/15 - 16:29
now that's one sad titanfall
Posted on 2016/01/16 - 10:33
NOOOOOOOO!! :-'( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 2016/01/16 - 13:10
Our CS:GO team will move on and *HOPEFULLY* find a new home worthy of their loyalty and determination.

so what is the titan CS:GO team only left with streaming as their job...
Posted on 2016/01/16 - 22:29
初めてこの報告知った時、すごくショックでした....。
私まで悔しい気持ちになります...。
TITANは私の唯一大好きなチームです!!今までありがとうございました!
Posted on 2016/01/17 - 02:15
I cried
Posted on 2016/01/17 - 23:23
</3 titan was my fav CS:GO team scream is my hero i look up to him and now he is getting "KICKED" really im sad right now he could of stayed in kinguin but yeah now he is teamless again </3 :'(
Posted on 2016/01/18 - 00:32
WHYUDOTHIS?? *Sad hyper distorted violin from all those MLG parodies (it's a dead meme) starts playing*
Posted on 2016/01/18 - 00:44
well, my M4A1-S Boreal Forest is now worth $9... cri
Posted on 2016/01/19 - 19:41
Sue KQLY!!! He doesn't have the right to destroy the awesome eSport team that Titan is!
#56 sayymmm
Posted on 2016/01/20 - 17:49
http://imgur.com/7bN5MEq
KQLY killed titan
#57 BadC0me
Posted on 2016/01/25 - 12:43
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

R.I.P. TITAN ....
Posted on 2016/01/27 - 23:26
item
#59 Keit1h
Posted on 2016/01/29 - 00:53
I feel like i'm the only one who thinks Titan is somehow gonna start up again. Perhaps a rich guy who likes the team purchasing/reviving it and continuing to run it?
#60 AzTiviT
Posted on 2016/02/04 - 09:16
RIP TITAN :(

Sad to hear this ;-;
#61 oF
Posted on 2016/02/10 - 11:02
Any way....I will wait........Hope your guys can come back.
#62 ???????
Posted on 2016/02/26 - 16:08
Помним,любим,скорбим :( прощайте парни вы были моей самой ЛЮБИМОЙ КОМАНДОЙ:( ПРОЩАЙТЕ :(
Posted on 2016/03/20 - 09:36
KUKLI ;_;
#64 aXyl
Posted on 2016/03/24 - 16:17
you make me cry guys:( rest in peace Titan
Posted on 2016/03/25 - 07:31
lol nice joke, come back 2017 i feel it
Posted on 2016/03/29 - 03:36
Am I the only thinking 'Remake the 2014/2015 CS team?


Amirite?
Posted on 2016/03/31 - 19:13
Will titan ever be back ?
Posted on 2016/03/31 - 19:14
Will titan ever be back ?
#69 Reullog
Posted on 2016/04/02 - 23:42
I believe friends, Titan team is a team of legends come back. and this team olofmeister, GuardiaN, ScreaM, kennys 4s and new people will join again with the e- sports community!

..KQLY killed TITAN FAMILY! well done KQLY, noob hack!
#70 Hornke
Posted on 2016/05/16 - 09:32
R.I.P
Posted on 2016/05/16 - 12:40
Do you think the team can be continued like if a manger or somebody can start it back up and make a new team like i'am a pretty good awper so you know it might just workout we need to find someone that has the skill to be a manger?
Posted on 2016/05/17 - 13:27
When i saw Team Titan i was like this is my team and i was devestated when i heard that it would stop. I hope that in the future i can come back thanks for every thing Titan. Good luck in the future
#73 Ace
Posted on 2016/05/20 - 23:23
omfg I CANT GO WITHOUT YOU TITAN STAY PLZ
Posted on 2016/05/29 - 07:46
Will Titan come back in the future?
Posted on 2016/05/30 - 07:46
So sad...:,(
Posted on 2016/07/16 - 13:07
Maybe you could make a website where fans can fund you until you gain back the ability to make some money yourselves. :)
Posted on 2016/07/16 - 13:07
Maybe you could make a website where fans can fund you until you gain back the ability to make some money yourselves. :)
Posted on 2016/10/28 - 12:46
Really?? (((((
Posted on 2016/10/30 - 10:42
Even if Titan was gone
But we love will never be gone
I wish this website could last forever
Posted on 2016/10/30 - 10:56
即使Titan解散了
但是我们不会离他而去
我希望这个官网能一直存在下去,即使没有人去维护也好
因为回到充满回忆的空房子会让我很开心