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pro-Gaming (pG) was an international multi gaming clan that was home to many of the strongest foreign players in the early years of StarCraft Brood War. Due to their very strong line up pG dominated especially the European scene for years. The organizator's approach to the team was more professional and completely different to the ordinary hobby teams. The first attempts to actually sponsor the players and give out wages for simply playing was what made it different. The reason for its disbanding in late 2005 were affairs that mainly concerned the Counter Strike team.
The team's predecessor Dark Elite Forces was formed by four German players of the traditional clan Xidious Corporation (XiC) in December 1998. Back then the team only listed StarCraft as main game. In the following two years the clan could recruit the majority of the best German players, that won quite easily three of the most prestigious and important German tournaments: Firstblood, WCGC Germany and PGL. The management also tried to add international players to their already impressing line up (using the name "Project iDEF"), but failed due to miscommunication and bad organisation.
In 2000 the iDEF was renamed again into pro-Gaming, exactly two years after Dark Elite Forces was established. The management decided to add more games to their portal (only the official WCG titles), which made it one of the first interntional multi gaming clans. The first generation of Brood War players, mostly Germans, continued to dominate the European scene. More and more international players joined the clan; one of them was Blackman, who finished 3rd in WCG 2002.
With most of the oldest players like Kosh, Kalaschni and Korn either leaving or becoming inactive a new era for the team started. In 2003 the line up could be divided into the German players (Breakdown, Socke, Infinity, Dashwriter etc.), which fielded almost half of the German National Team, and the international super stars like Blackman, Rekrul, Eriador, Hellghost, FroZ and others. Among them one player topped them all: FiSheYe. The German Protoss was able to top Blackman's bronze in WCG 2002, when he lost 1-2 against the Korean Ogogo in WCG 2003's finale. However, the sheer number of players also created the first problems for the BW part of pro-Gaming, as money and payment became increasingly important, especially support for international events.
In Summer 2005 the roster of pG.bw changed again: FiSheYe and Breakdown announced to leave the team  and transfer to eSa Lehnitz. Additionally several other players like Draco disappeared from the team's official line ups in the following week. Rumors stated that pG was about to die at this point. A few days later the manager [pG]HcK released a statement which said that the complete roster of the Templars of Twilight would replace the old team entirely. Mondragon confirmed this again within a few hours after the first news were published.. This new cooperation however didn't last for long, as the complete clan was shut down in October 2005.
Soon after pG was officially disbanded the players around Mondragon switched back to their original team . The German part of the pG squad that left earlier followed FiSheYe to eSa Lehnitz; the international part and many of the German players transferred to different teams but eventually re-united under the Danish flag of Meet Your Makers.
The idea of pro-Gaming trying to establish a more professional approach and copying the Korean ideal of e-Sports was polarizing the community. While traditional teams followed a more family & friends policy, pro Gaming was often accused as slaves to the money. Their record as team is almost blank, as the team itself never won anything of importance. However, most of the players dominated the individual tournament scene as long as pG existed.
The management arguably did a lot to open doors for serious sponsors with their decision making, but also faced a lot of problems, especially when it come to actually hand out payment. According to Giga TV the Counter Strike squad was denied promised flights, wages and tournament entries due to the lack of money. Over the years, these kind of problems summed up and have been one of many reasons for pG's eventual death. The cheating accusations concerning the Counterstrike Squad eventually caused the total collapse of the entire team.
The transfer with ToT especially caused a major uproar in the German and international scene. Mondragon's team, the Templars of Twilight, have been the long term rivals of pro Gaming, both when it came to individual leagues and tournaments. Moreover, the Templars were known to be the ideal of a clan built on friendship, rather than profit. As a result many community members accused Mondragon to be a sell out.
Before ToT Merge
After ToT Merge
- In 2000 Korn played his own team mate Kosh on the European Battle.net Server. Both were using smurfs and didn't know the true ID of the other. Korn however could prove that Kosh, "disguised" as random player, was using a map hack. The management decided to keep both in the roster.
- Dyo made a promotion clip of the team and was part of their official roster as honorary member.