Team SoloMid’s former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, which was released late last year due to time zone differences, has announced that they have formed their new eSports organization.

As they change their official name from Team Questionmark to Astralis, the organization’s primary goal is to keep things transparent between the organization, players and fans. This means that players will always have permission to talk about any revenue they receive from the organization, including base salary and prize money distribution. In addition, players are also company shareholders.

“We are committed to provide an environment for our players and fans, where they know what they can expect of us, no matter the situation. We believe that a transparent approach will help us build something sustainable in the industry, and also attract talent from every corner of our business.”
Frederik Byskov, Founder & Managing Partner

True to their word, in an interview posted on their website it was revealed by Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth that all of the team’s players are paid $9,000 every month. He and Nisolaj “devve” Reedtz went on to discuss some of the offers Astralis had received in the past, with the largest being $10,000 per month outside of tournament winnings and bonuses. When asked why the team decided to accept the lower offer, it was explained that the offers had less to do with money and more to do with how much they trusted whoever was offering it.

As for why they are insisting on maintaining transparency, Xyp9x chose to blatantly say that it’s because there are players out there that are getting shafted due to a lack of understanding one’s self-worth.

Astralis has already partnered with Sunstone Capital, a Danish life science and technology investor that focuses primarily on European start-up companies. The new organization is also receiving support from Tommy Ahlers, who is an entrepreneur based in Denmark that is best known for backing ZYB.

In addition to revealing partners, Astralis has assured fans that the original Team Questionmark lineup will be staying within the organization with the addition of a new team coach:

Danny “zonic” Sørensen – Team Coach
Rene “cajunb” Borg
Nicolaj “devve” Reedtz
Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen
Finn “karrigan” Andersen
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth

“When we first heard about this project, we all thought it was an extraordinary chance to make our own mark in esports. We chose this offer over countless others, including far more profitable in the short term, because we believe in building something that will have a lasting impression on the game we love.”
-Finn “karrigan” Andersen

Astralis will be competing together as a team at MLG Columbus from March 29th to April 3rd.

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