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Astralis Announces Unexpected CS:GO Roster Changes

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Patrick Hansen, known as “es3tag,” is a 24-year-old Danish CS:GO player who has been under contract with FunPlus Phoenix. Before that, he was playing for Heroic. In his career, he earned over $130.000 from the events.

Yesterday, Astralis have announced that they agreed with es3tag to become their 6th player in their roster. With this move, Astralis become the first team with this six-man roster in the Counter-Strike scene.

Here is the announcement of Astralis:

“In order to improve working conditions for our players, it has been decided to increase the Astralis roster to six players. On this basis, Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen will be joining the roster. Welcome, Patrick!”

Director of Sports in Astralis group, Kasper Hvidt said:

“Our work with Astralis and all our teams is focused around performance and health. It’s our responsibility as an organization to secure optimal conditions for our employees on all levels, and especially our players, who on a constant basis experience the highest pressure to perform. Increasing the roster size to six players is something we have worked on for a long time with relevant stakeholders in Counter-Strike.

This approach is no different than in traditional sports, but it’s new to Counter-Strike, and a change like this will take time to optimize for full advantage. The players, coach and our performance team have been involved in this decision and everybody agrees it is the way to go.”

es3tag said:

“What an overwhelming feeling. I’m extremely excited to wear the black jersey with the red star, but until then I will, of course, be 100% loyal to my current teammates and help them out in any way possible. Thanks for all the support.”

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