Gucci, the renowned fashion house, has opted to discontinue its CS 2 lineup, previously known as Gucci Academy. The team has faced recurring allegations of cheating, particularly following their controversial win against BetBoom Team in a significant tournament. In May 2022, Gucci launched a youth academy in partnership with FACEIT with the goal of venturing into the esports arena. The brand intended to establish a presence in the CS:GO scene by forming a youthful roster composed of talented players selected from the FPL (FACEIT Pro League). Apple Gucci Bedding Set
Gucci has dissolved its roster. Substantial investments were earmarked for the team, covering monthly salaries, hiring professional coaches, acquiring top-tier equipment, and providing premium medical services. Gucci went the extra mile by creating documentary mini-films featuring notable figures in the esports industry, including an episode starring the renowned host Yorin “Sheever” van der Heijden. In October 2023, Gucci Academy achieved 4th place in ESEA Main Season 46, a tournament with a predominantly average participant level, consisting mainly of mixes and youth teams from major clubs. Subsequently, in November, the lineup secured victory in A1 Gaming League Season 7, where they faced off against BetBoom Team in the final, ultimately emerging triumphant.
Players from BetBoom Team alleged that their opponents were engaging in cheating.
Following the match, members of BetBoom Team took to posting a series of messages accusing their opponents of cheating. One of the players stated, “We made plenty of mistakes ourselves, but what I witnessed was beyond belief. People hitting full-timing shots or turning away from flashes they couldn’t see or hear, just like shadiy did on Anubis. We could have won, but we lost to ourselves. However, there were too many suspicious moments to claim that people weren’t playing with cheats.” During that period, Ciocardau and God6y were part of Gucci Academy, both having been previously banned for cheating at different times. The organizers of A1 Gaming League Season 7 chose not to address the allegations. Subsequently, Gucci Academy went on to secure victory in the small championship La Coupe 2023, featuring a prize pool of $4,000, before deciding to discontinue their competitive endeavors. On January 28, 2024, the fashion house officially announced the dissolution of their CS 2 lineup and their withdrawal from the discipline.