G2 announced that its League of Legends Head Coach Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool leaves the organization and becomes a free agent. Previously the organization parted ways with two players – Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez.
YoungBuck joined the team in December 2015. Under his direction G2 managed to win four European splits and placed second at IEM and MSI. The team qualified for 2017 World Championship but failed to make it to the playoffs and placed 9-12.
Joey ‘YoungBuck’ Steltenpool statement:
“I am extremely grateful for the time I’ve spent in G2 and the journey it has taken me on. In the last 2 years I’ve had the luxury of being surrounded by the best players, assistant-coaches, owner and of course staff in the G2 organisation which has helped me grow a lot as a coach and more importantly as a person. While the journey has been an amazing one so far, I want to look into every option for the upcoming season before I make any decisions for my future. With that in mind I am declaring my free agency.”
G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez statement:
“When Joey joined us, he wasn’t the seasoned coach he is today. We went through an immense learning process together and built a true legacy. His input over the course of two years has been a vital part of our team’s success. I am grateful for our time together and will always have him close to my heart no matter the circumstances. We have come to an agreement with Joey that it is in our best interest to delay any commitments at this point.”