A recently-formed Aussie CS:GO team has shot to prominence with a pair of tournament wins.
Kings Gaming Club now has the attention of the CS:GO esports community as its men's team won both the Unikrn Australian Showdown and the ESL AU/NZ 2017 Season 2 CS:GO Championship last weekend, picking up more than AU$7,500 in prize money in the process.
It's a feat made more impressive by the fact that Kings has only been around for two months. The team consists of former Winterfox player Chris "emagine" Rowlands, ex-Tainted Minds members Jay "liazz" Tregillgas and Travis "wizard" Richardson, and former Avant Garde members Jordan "Hatz" Bajic and Kiwi Simon "Sico" Williams.
In tournaments, the team is undefeated, winning 33 maps and only dropping seven, and that has allowed it to rocket from 180th in the world to 69th.
In the Unikrn Australian Showdown, Kings beat Athletico and the number-one-ranked Australian team Chiefs to qualify for the finals. There, it once again beat Athletico two maps to one in order to pick up the title and the AU$5000 top prize.
At the ESL Seasons 2 Championships, Kings had the highest number of points and won the most maps throughout the qualifying stages, and went directly to the tournaments finals. In the finals, it was a tense best-of-five series against Avant Garde, with Kings managing to take the title three maps to two and taking home more than AU$2500 in prize money.
The team now has its eye on Extremesland 2017 and the ISEF Australian Finals, the latter of which is for a chance to represent Australia in the International e-Sports Federation finals in South Korea.
"The team has been performing better than I could've hoped for and this is only the beginning," said Kings Gaming Club Founder and CEO Annabelle Harper.
"Only seven weeks after forming the org and already taking home two titles is amazing, and I can't wait to see what the future holds."