Introduction And History
Schroet Kommando, more famously known as „SK“ is a very successful and well known eSports team from Germany. They are one of the most well-known gaming teams in the entire world. They have started their career back in 1996, when they began as a clan of Quake players. It was originally founded by four brothers and three of their friends. They are well known for participating in gaming tournaments for more than two decades and have tested the limits of famous titles such as the FIFA franchise, World of Warcraft, Avalon Heroes, Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Starcraft and are most famously known for their gaming involvement in the Counter Strike franchise. They have started their Counter Strike career from 2001 and from that point on, the rest was history.
From that point onward they were proven to be the best eSports team in Germany, and later on – in the entire world.
It is also notable to mention that they are the first eSports team who introduced the first, entirely female roster which made them quite the unique sort, back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Each game has its own roster and SK is known for having very original and unique rosters such as this all-female one. Today it is perfectly normal to see an all-female roster but back then it was not a quite usual thing to see.
Ownership And Legal Details
Currently, Schroet Kommando is listed as a company with limited liabilities . Their main source of income are tournament and competition awards, a wide array of sponsors from tech giants such Toshiba, Bigpen, Kingston Technology and others such as Intel, Visa, Boomeo, Hyper and so on. They perform and compete in a wide specter of corporately funded events, be it live streams, tournaments, events made from privately owned parties, YouTubers, gaming cons and so on.
The organization is currently owned by Alexander Muller-Rodi%u0107, Andreas Thorstensson and Ralf Reichert.
A very important point to make in concerns with this organization is that it actually merged with another one back in 2001. Andreas Thorstensson merged his eSports Team „Geekboys“ along with Schroet Kommando and since then the merger has proven to be more than successful and a magnificent idea, in fact. It introduced the team with fresh new (but experienced) members and strengthened the team in both international and business respects.
This merger meant a lot for this organization, but not only for them, it meant a lot for the whole gaming industry in general. It also meant loads for how eSports teams are viewed in the whole world. This merger actually helped the organization grow and make more funds, as this is the first time an eSports organization was proven to be a potential financial success that can attract investments, generate profits and offer a truly mutually beneficial business relationship between them and their sponsors.
SK Gaming Net Worth
Later on, SK Gaming proved themselves to be a huge business and eSports competitor, and that is not only proven in words, but in actions. Given the fact that they have participated in almost five hundred tournaments across the globe, it might not even come to a surprise that they may be making nice money off of gaming. The gaming industry is ever growing and it is even proven that the gaming industry tops off the movie industry almost 2:1. It is very lucrative for both developers and e-Sports teams alike, and these numbers don’t lie.
The complete prize net worth of the Schroet Kommando eSports team is a staggering $ 3,776,065.92 that they have made out of four hundred and ninety two tournaments. Also, be assured that this is only the net worth that they have gained in prizes.
It is relatively unknown how much they have earned from their other means of fund generating, but this only goes to show that they are an incredible organization given the fact that they started out as a small e-sports team back in 1996-7.
They are not only the most well-known and wealthy e-sports team in the world, but they should serve as an example of how such a team should operate, generate funds and sustain a smooth and successful run in its continuity and progression. They are also viewed as a revolutionary project, as this team changed the way on how teams are viewed in the world and how they operate in a business environment, thus turning the view of various businesses onto a new lucrative approach to e-Sports teams and events. Today, in the year 2017 there are events even held in stadiums which generate millions and offer millions as a reward for the winners. This would most probably not be the case if SK Gaming hadn’t thought about it first.
Notable SK Gaming Accomplishments
Their first and their most famous international Counter Strike success happened back in 2003, when they have overthrown the biggest Swedish Counter Strike team and their arch-rivals „Ninjas in Pyjamas“.
Other notable CS wins are: the CPL Summer Event where they won first place during the 2002, 2003 and 2005 events, while taking second place during the 2004 event. They have also won first places on the CLP Winter Event during the years, 2003 and 2005 and taking the third place on the 2003 event in Dallas and Cannes. They have also made imminent success on the CPL Europe event, taking 1st place on the 2003 event in Copenhagen.
Current SK Gaming Roster
SK Gaming is known to invite and accept only the best that can be offered in the ever expanding gaming world. They have undergone tremendous lineup and roster changes, but in the end it was proven to solely for the good of the organization.
Their current Counter Strike roster consists of the members Gabriel Toledo (FalleN), Fernando Alvarenga (fer), Marcelo David (coldzera), Epitacio de Melo (TACO) and Joao Vasconcellos (felps). This is the roster primarily active in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The roster is very active in other versions of the Counter Strike Franchise, such as Counter Strike: GO (CS:GO)
The Good Times And The Bad
Their most devastating Counter Strike loss recorded to date was the Electronic Sports World Cup of 2006 in which they lost against their well-known arch-rivals Ninjas in Pyjamas. Another unstable period for SK Gaming in their long career were the imbalances and minor dysfunction in its team lineup, as some people were made to leave and some new people came. The most notable being the loss of two very valuable and long term members – Kristoffer Nordlund and Marucs Sundstrom. Later on the Klasson and Frej Sjostrom accompanied the team which actually lead to a victory against their rivaling eSports team Fnatic.