In February earlier this year, OG revealed their plans for an upcoming academy team. Aiming to create a sustainable future for the OG esports organization, an academy project was introduced as a way to further strengthen their CS:GO division. Head of Esports at OG, Mike Schwartz stated back then that creating a system where talent can grow was always a main focus of his:
"Talent development has always been a key focus for me in any project – not only in working to build up the existing talent on the main roster, but creating a system that can grow talent underneath."
Two months later a head coach has been appointed and announced to spearhead the OG academy team and project in general. Tasked with creating and handling the OG academy team is 30-year-old German veteran Christian "crisby" Schmitt. With plentiful experience within the competitive CS:GO scene himself, most known for his time with ALTERNATE aTTaX, he seems a great candidate for establishing what is hopefully a big step in the right direction for OG.
"crisby" himself is very excited about the project appointed to him, thanking OG for the opportunity to work under a big organization within Esports:
"First of all, I’m really happy and grateful for getting the opportunity to work for such a world class organization on their academy project to develop players for the future,"
OG's main team is currently struggling, so a new venture into the youth-ranks and an establishment of a, hopefully, fruitful academy team could not have come at a better time than now. Whether or not the academy team now officially to be led by "crisby" will be a success or not, time will have to tell. One thing is for sure, however, OG are taking the deccessary steps to establish the required foundations of a successful CS:GO division in this current climate.