Kjaerbye Returns To Pro Play With Endpoint

Kjaerbye Returns To Pro Play With Endpoint

After spending almost a year away from professional CS:GO, Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye announced his return to pro play.

After spending almost a year away from professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye announced his return to pro play. The 24-year-old has found a new home at Endpoint, who he joined as the fifth and final member of the team.

Kjaerbye Is Back

Kjaerbye started his professional CS:GO career way back in July 2014, when he joined NO SIR! before competing in several Danish CS:GO teams, where he perfected his craft. In October, Kjaerbye landed his first professional contract with Copenhagen Wolves, and in January 2015, he moved to Team Dignitas, where Kjaerbye would spend the next 16 months.

With Dignitas, Kjaerbye has made a name for himself as one of the most talented young players in the scene. He helped the team to several high-profile tournament titles, which eventually saw Kjaerbye join the Danish esports powerhouse, Astralis.

Kjaerbye spent nearly two years with Astralis, where he has enjoyed the best years of his career. Most notably, Kjaerbye helped Astralis win the organization’s first Major title at ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017.

Besides winning the Major, Kjaerbye also led Astralis to titles at Intel Extreme Masters XI – World Championship and a silver medal from ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. Unfortunately, he left the team in February 2018 and was replaced with Emil “Magisk” Reif.

After leaving Astralis, Kjaerbye joined North, where he spent over two years leading the Danish CS:GO team to several tournament titles. That includes gold medals from DreamHack Open Valencia 2018, DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, and DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019.

But despite the team’s success over the years, Kjaerbye first left the lineup on medical leave and parted ways with the organization in July 2020. Since then, Kjaerbye has enjoyed a short stint with FaZe, helping the team win Intel Extreme Masters XV – New York Online: Europe in October 2020, but was not seen competing at a pro-level since leaving FaZe in 2021.

Endpoint Rebuild CS:GO Roster

With the signing of Kjaerbye, Endpoint finalized its roster rebuild process, which began in May with the benching of Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas. The team has since also parted ways with analyst Allan “Allan” Hender and added Allan “Rejin” Petersen.

Although Endpoint did not make any drastic changes, the addition of Kjaerbye is definitely big news, as he takes over for BOROS as one of the key players that would help Endpoint return to the top-30.

“It’s a truly exciting prospect to be able to bring Markus into the Endpoint CS team,” said Endpoint CEO Adam Jessop.

“There is no denying the caliber of talent and experience he will bring to the lineup. After having a number of conversations with him, I fully believe that he is as passionate and focused as ever, ready to continue his CS career again, and that we can help him along that journey.”

Although a massive addition on paper, it remains to be seen whether Kjaerbye will be able to find his old form following a long break from professional play. Still, the 24-year-old Dane is excited about the opportunity to return to competitive CS:GO.

“I’m delighted to say I have found the ideal place to pick up my rifle again with Endpoint,” commented Kjaerbye.

“The people behind Endpoint, and the culture they have created, have again and again shown they have the structures to allow players to maximize their potential, which is exactly what I’m looking for.”

The organization will debut its new-look roster in just over a week when the squad will travel to Jönköping, Sweden, for the ESL Pro League Season 16 Conference.

The tournament will begin on June 15 and feature 16 CS:GO teams vying for the lion’s share of the $15,000 prize pool and a ticket leading into the ESL Pro League Season 16 Group Stage.