Gambit Esports is a British eSports organization, known primarily for its presence in League of Legends.
Entering the CS:GO Scene & Road to Columbus 2016
In January of 2016, Gambit had signed the team of HS.GG. HS.GG was primarily known for having the former core of HellRaisers, consisting of Russian player, Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov and Kazakh players Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and Rustem "mou" Telepov. Along the side, this lineup consisted of the Russian veteran, Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov and up and coming Finnish-Russian player Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen. They were also later accompanied by Kazakh veteran Alexandr "beAst" Yakovlev as their coach, who was responsible mostly for leading the team in-game and helping with the team's strategies.
Their first offline showing was at the CIS Minor for MLG Columbus 2016. They had made it out of the group stage in the minor with a 2-0 record, defeating eXplosive 16-4 on Cache, then later defeating Rebels in a best-of-three in a 2-0 fashion. The first map against Rebels was a very tight game of Cache finishing in MR6 quadruple overtime and a final score of 36-32 to Gambit and later the CIS lineup defeated them 16-14 on Cobblestone to win the series and place first in their group. Making it to the playoffs, they faced Russian team Method featuring future teammate, Ivan "spaze" Obrezhan. In this series, Method secured the first map, Train in a 16-14 fashion. Later on, Gambit would win the second map, Cache 16-11 and Cobblestone 16-8 to make it to the grand finals with a possible chance of securing a spot straight to the offline qualifier. Once the Gambit crew made it to the grand finals, they were met once again by the Rebels, however it was a very easy game for the team as they would wipe out Rebels 16-4 on Inferno and 16-3 on Train to secure their spot to the offline qualifier along with a $30,000 cash prize at the very end.
The next event the Gambit team would make it to was the MLG Columbus 2016 offline qualifier. In this event, they would first be matched up with American favourites Cloud9 and their recent addition of Jake "Stewie2k" Yip in their opening match. They would go on and take them down 16-9 on Cache, following a very good CT side for the CIS lineup of 12-3 on the first half. Moving into the winner's match, they would later face the best Australian team, Renegades who had upset Team Dignitas in their opening game - whilst also recently recruiting Karlo "USTILO" Pivac to their lineup. Gambit's match against Renegades was no match for the likes of the CIS team as they would defeat the Australian force 16-11 on Train as they would make it to their first major as a team. Renegades would later face Cloud9 for one of the last four spots to the major.
MLG Columbus 2016
After a few unsuccessful attempts of qualifying for DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016, the time for MLG Columbus 2016 had come. Gambit's group consisted of them, Danish favourites Astralis, the slumping French team of EnVyUs and Counter Logic Gaming from home soil. The CIS lineup would first face Astralis, but they would face the defeat after a heavy fight, losing 16-10 on Train. Moving into the loser's match, the crew would face EnVyUs, who were upset by CLG in their opening match. Gambit would successfully pass the test as wayLander pulls off an amazing game against the French dropping over 30 frags and carrying them to the best-of-three decider after a close 16-13 victory on Cache.
Finally moving into the last game of the group stage, they would face the American CLG players. The first map would be Cache, won 16-13 by the CIS lineup which AdreN would take for the team despite a tough fight to win the map. The second map would be Cobblestone, which would be the first of maps following the American's comeback along with a hero clip from Tarik "tarik" Celik near the end of the game - Counter Logic Gaming would defeat Gambit and close the map out at 16-11. The final stepping stone before the playoffs would take place on Mirage, which was yet another lacklustre performance from Gambit as Joshua "jdm64" Marzano and tarik would carry the rest of their team to winning the series over Gambit, ending their major run and causing them to have to play at the ESL One: Cologne 2016 offline qualifier over being invited straight to the major.
- January 8th - Gambit Gaming signs HS.GG.
- January 19th - beAst joins as coach 
- April 18th - wayLander steps down from the Gambit roster.
- April 19th - spaze joins Gambit Gaming.
- June 20th - Gambit Gaming agree to sell wayLander to FlipSid3 Tactics 
- September 9th - Gambit replace beAst with TsaGa as the coach of the team 
- September 24th - Gambit announce that spaze has been demoted to a substitute position, while kUcheR joins as a stand-in.
- October 2nd - hooch announces that he has been removed from the team 
- October 12th - HObbit joins Gambit Gaming after Tengri agree to loan him for six months  and Zeus is signed by Gambit Gaming and become their new captain.
- November - Gambit Gaming rebrands to Gambit Esports.
- July 23rd - Gambit Esports win PGL Major Kraków 2017, defeating Immortals 2-1 in the grand final.
- August 2nd - Gambit Esports buyout HObbit from Tengri 
- August 9th - Zeus and kane leave the team - following internal disagreements - to join Natus Vincere.
- August 15th - fitch completes Gambit's roster.
|Dosia||Mikhail Stolyarov||2016-01-08 |
|mou||Rustem Telepov||2016-01-08 |
|AdreN||Dauren Kystaubayev||2016-01-08 |
|HObbit||Abay Khassenov||2017-08-02 |
|fitch (Trial)||Bektiyar Bahytov||2017-08-15 |
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|Zeus||Daniil Teslenko||2016-10-12 ||2017-08-09 ||Natus Vincere|
|kane (Coach)||Mykhailo Blagin||2016-10-12||2017-08-09 ||Natus Vincere|
|HObbit (Loan)||Abay Khasenov||2016-10-12 ||2017-08-02 ||Gambit Esports|
|spaze||Ivan Obrezhan||2016-04-19 ||2016-10-24||s4s|
|hooch||Dmitry Bogdanov||2016-01-08 ||2016-10-02 ||s4s|
|beAst (Coach)||Alexandr Yakovlev||2016-01-19 ||2016-09-09 |
|wayLander||Jan Rahkonen||2016-01-08 ||2016-06-20 ||FlipSid3 Tactics|
||spaze||Ivan Obrezhan||Adrenaline Cyber League 2016|
||spaze||Ivan Obrezhan||ELEAGUE Season 1 - Last Chance Qualifier|
||mou||Rustem Tlepov||Operation: Kinguin #2|
|2017-07-23||1st||Premier||PGL Major Kraków 2017||2 : 1||$500,000|
|2017-04-30||1st||Major||DreamHack Austin 2017||2 : 0||$50,000|
|2017-04-23||2nd||Major||cs_summit||1 : 3||$33,750|
|2017-01-27||5 - 8th||Premier||ELEAGUE Major 2017||1 : 2||$35,000|
|2016-11-26||1st||Premier||DreamHack Winter 2016||2 : 0||$50,000|
|2016-11-06||1st||Major||Acer Predator Masters Season 3||3 : 0||$25,000|
|2016-10-01||1st||Major||Adrenaline Cyber League 2016||2 : 1||$50,000|
|2016-07-13||11 - 14th||Premier||ELEAGUE Season 1||0 : 2||$40,000|
|2016-07-08||5 - 8th||Premier||ESL One: Cologne 2016||0 : 2||$35,000|
|2016-01-24||1st||Major||CIS Minor Championship - Columbus 2016||2 : 0||$30,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- serginio (2016-01-08). "Welcome Gambit CS:GO". Gambit Gaming. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
- serginio (2016-01-19). "beAst to Coach Gambit CS:GO". Gambit Gaming. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- MIRAA (2016-01-08). "wayLander leaves Gambit". HLTV.org. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- alex kryvytskyy (2016-04-19). "spaze joins Gambit CS:GO". Gambit.gg. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- MJ Finch (2016-06-20). "Gambit and FlipSid3 close deal on wayLander". FlipSid3 Tactics.
- "Gambit - Roster History". ESEA. 2016-09-09.
- professeur (2016-09-24). "kUcheR to replace spaze in Gambit". HLTV.org.
- Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov (2016-10-02). "Good finish for my time in Gambit".
- alexkryvytskyy (2016-10-12). "HObbit joins Gambit".
- alexkryvytskyy (2016-10-12). "Zeus - new captain of Gambit CS:GO". Gambit Gaming.
- "HObbit officialy joins Gambit". Gambit Esports. 2017-08-02.
- "Zeus is back to Natus Vincere G2A!". Natus Vincere. 2017-08-09.
- "Fitch completes Gambit CS:GO roster". Gambit Esports. 2017-08-15.