5. Gambit buy out HObbit's contract with TENGRi for $100,000
HObbit was noticed by Gambit after his excellent performance for TENGRi. The Kazakh player joined Gambit on a lease treaty at the end of 2016, and in June of 2017 the parties came to an agreement, under which TENGRi received $100,000 for HObbit. This is the biggest transfer in history of the CIS scene. After the triumphant victory at PGL Major Krakow 2017, such an investment seems to be an excellent decision.
4. Titan buy out Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom from G2 for $160,000
28 September of 2015, Singaporean organization Titan eSport decided to bring the 20 year old ScreaM back in its ranks and paid $160,000 for this. Adil had already performed under the tag of Titan during 2014, switching afterwards to Epsilon. It's noteworthy that the purchase of such a promising player didn't bring Titan a single big victory at tournaments. The best achievement was the 3rd-4th place at CEVO Season 8 Professional Finals, which brought the organization $10,000.
A few months later, the Titan organization went out of the business, and ScreaM together with the full roster of the team returned to G2, under the banner of which the Belgian of Moroccan origins played during 2016. This season, ScreaM joined EnVyUs as a free agent.
3. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's transfer from mousesports to FaZe for $500,000
The Bosnian star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač had been playing for mousesports since 2015. Nikola then was only 18.
In 2016, his individual moves helped mouz take the prize places at the world-class championships, and the five's play was generally based on the Bosnian. Although Nikola was doing well, it was rather difficult to beat mousesports.
Time passed, the rosters changed, but NiKo remained in the ranks of mouz and showed the best results.
Apparently, Nikola decided to make a new step. It's said that FaZe paid $500,000 for the twenty year Bosnian. This number is real for FaZe Clan, considering the fact that the American team has shocked the esports world with big purchases before.
2. FaZe Clan buy out G2's roster for $700,000
There were rumors about buying the G2 roster through the entire January of 2016. Fans of esports were sure until the last moment that a new home for the European team would be SK Gaming, but the giants from FaZe had completely different plans. The organization known for its championship CoD team had decided to come into the CS:GO world and set the $700,000 bar. According to the rumors, this was the price the owner of G2, Jens Hilger, received, who offhandedly then signed the French from ex-Titan. Thus, G2 continued performing at the world level.
1. SK promise a $1,000,000 check to the Luminosity Gaming players as a guarantee
December 2015. Only a month before that the Brazilians from LG started their making it in the list of the strongest world teams, having finished second at FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals, and the CEO of Luminosity Gaming concluded a preliminary agreement with the players, which was called "Letter of intent."
2016 started rather successfully for the team. The guys gained momentum and took the second places at the biggest tournaments. Fans weren't the only ones watching the Brazilians, so was the CEO of SK Gaming. In February, he started contacting and offering the players new, very attracting terms, under which only $9,000 will be provided to each of the players for traveling to their families and legal support. Despite the fact that the in-game leader of the team, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, refused the offer, the management of SK Gaming still had negotiations with the players, without regard to the captain.
Having taken advantage of the fact that the Brazilians were misled, they signed contracts on 26 March, according to which, the players would switch to the SK Gaming tag starting from 1 July, which resulted in a huge scandal.
When the Brazilians decided to go back and stay in LG, they found themselves having no way back. The contracts with SK Gaming had been signed. The offered $1,000,000 as a guarantee could have backfired on FalleN's team, but the Brazilian five took the second championship at the major tournaments even under the tag of SK Gaming.
By the way, both parties came to a mutual agreement and Luminosity didn't raise claims or go to court. The conflict was settled, and the Brazilians continue to present one of the most well-known esports organization.