- High Coast Esports has become the latest Dota 2 team to disband its roster citing performance and financial issues
- Team CEO Robert “GREVEN” Gavelin expressed his genuine regret he could not have kept the team going further
- In 2020, Ninjas in Pyjamas also had to shut down their Dota 2 team citing financial challenges in the midst of a pandemic
High Coast Esports has become the latest Dota 2 team to disband due to the pandemic and financial difficulties associated with it.
High Coast Esports Bows Out of Dota 2
Just days prior to entering the second season of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit, High Coast Esports has abruptly dropped its entire Dota 2 roster, scrapping plans for further participation as per a Tweet published on the organization’s official website.
“Our journey ends here, we’re sad to say that our time in Dota 2 ends today,” the Tweet read. HCE had just signed the former Chicken Fighters roster with captain Adrian “Era” Kryeziu and Rasmus “Chessie” Blomdin.
HCE had a fairly decent start in the first season of the DPC regional league, going 3-12, which was not too bad for a team that was just finding its foothold, but eventually got relegated to the lower bracket.
The organization motivated its decision by citing this performance and explaining that there have been financial drawbacks that have compounded the sustainability of competitive Dota 2 teams.
Keeping Esports Team Today Costs
Understandably, nurturing a top-performing team these days has become a much more expensive undertaking. While many players are willing to play just for a chance to prove themselves, salaried positions for talented players are becoming the norm.
Commenting on the news, High Coast CEO Robert “GREVEN” Gavelin succinctly explained that things just don’t always work out. “This was one of those times and I am both sad and ashamed that we couldn’t keep this train going, but without fuel, it’s hard to keep moving,” Gavelin concluded.
Understandably, it’s sad to see a team retire from competitive Dota 2, especially now that the Dota Pro Circuit is returning and forging ahead. Then again, it’s not just HCE that faced financial troubles.
In November 2020, Betway-backed team Ninjas in Pyjamas also decided to put its Dota 2 roster on a temporary hiatus, affected by the pandemic.