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In the fast-paced world of esports, player transfers often make headlines, especially when it comes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), one of the most popular and competitive esports titles globally. The transfer market for CS:GO players is a dynamic space where teams invest heavily to secure the best talent, often resulting in multi-million-dollar deals. In this article, we’ll delve into most expensive CS:GO and LOL transfers, showcasing the remarkable value these players bring to their respective teams.
Top Transfers in Esports – CS:GO
|Market Value (EPV-1)
S1mple – NAVI
Transfer Fee: $4.85M
Undoubtedly, one of the most celebrated players in CS:GO, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, tops our list with a staggering market value of $4.85 million. Representing Natus Vincere (NAVI), s1mple has not only showcased exceptional skill and consistency but has also made a significant impact on NAVI’s success in various tournaments. His media presence, team success, and consistent top-tier performance justify this hefty price tag, making him a prized possession for NAVI.
ZywOo – Vitality
Transfer Fee: $3.8M
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, commonly known as ZywOo, secures the second position on our list with a market value of $3.8 million. Playing for Team Vitality, ZywOo is a legendary figure in the CS:GO scene, recognized for his exceptional talent and contributions to the team. His prowess in the game and his ability to turn the tide of any match have made him a valuable asset for Vitality, justifying his high transfer valuation.
Ropz – FaZe
Transfer Fee: $2.7M
Robin “ropz” Kool is the third player on our list, showcasing his prowess with a market value of $2.7 million. Representing FaZe Clan, ropz has consistently delivered exceptional performances, securing a spot among the top players globally. With impressive stats and a major win under his belt, ropz’s value to FaZe Clan is undeniable, making him one of the most sought-after players in the CS:GO transfer market.
NiKo – G2
Transfer Fee: $2.65M
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, a media sensation and a key player for G2 Esports, claims the fourth spot on our list, boasting a market value of $2.65 million. Known for his exceptional gameplay and contribution to G2 Esports’ success, NiKo remains a prominent figure in the CS:GO scene. Despite facing fluctuations in recent months, his consistent impact in the esports arena justifies his substantial transfer valuation.
M0nesy – G2
Transfer Fee: Estimated $600-700K
Rounding up our top 5 is Sergey “m0nesy” Mityagin, a rising star representing G2 Esports. While exact transfer figures for m0nesy are not publicly disclosed, estimates suggest a range of $600-700K. Despite being a young player, m0nesy has showcased immense potential and improvement during his time with G2. His rising success and remarkable stats against top-tier teams make him a promising investment for G2 Esports.
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Top LOL Transfers in eSports
We will explore some of the most significant transfers in the history of the League of Legends (LOL). We have compiled the top of the most high-profile transitions, many of which were unexpected not only for the fans, but also for the experts.
SWORDART to TSM
In 2020, an agreement was inked with TSM for a span of two years, securing a deal worth $6 million. This figure was reputed to be the highest salary for an esports player in North America during that period.
Hanwha Life Esports’ failures in 2020 have forced the team to rethink their roster of players. They have decided to sign Chon ‘Chovy’ Ji Hoon. The Korean mid-laner won the title while playing for Griffin, and was also a silver medallist in the LCK 2020 Summer while playing for the DRX squad. Later, he moved to Gen.G.
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been a part of Fnatic. He has led his team to many Worlds playoffs and has proven time and again that he is worthy to be one of the best cyber athletes on the planet. He will now take on G2 Esports for one of the most important trophies of all time – the world title. In the 2021 spring split, Rekkles and his newly joined team, G2 Esports, clinched the top spot in the regular season. Later he returned to Fnatic in 2023.
According to experts, Luka “Perkz” Perkovic’s move to North America was one of the biggest losses for the G2 Esports team. Many teams from different leagues wanted to sign him. But Perkz decided to settle on Cloud9, making one of the biggest transfers of the season. He is one of only four players to have won titles in both EU and NA, the other players being Zven, Broken Blade and Nisqy. He later moved to Team Vitality.