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Logo von CPLAY
Operator CPLAY e.V.
Manager GermanyDeutschland Paul Dahlhoff
Headquarters GermanyDeutschland Hamburg
Year established 2007
Clan Color Red


  • Counter-Strike
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • FIFA
  • Counter-Strike
  • League of Legends
  • World of Tanks
  • ShootMania
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

CPLAY is a German e-sports organization. Since its founding in 2007, the Hamburg-based club has gained international prominence, especially in the computer games Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, League of Legends, ShootMania and World of Tanks.

In October 2016, the management decided to pause the activities of the club.
After a two-year hiatus, CPLAY currently fields teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.[1]


CPLAY was founded in 2007 under the name Coreplay. Within the German e-sports scene, the Hamburg-based company succeeded early on in causing a stir with strong performances in the games Counter-Strike and Call of Duty. From 2010 onwards, the Hanseatic team was a regular participant in the ESL Pro Series.

Consistent scouting of talent catapulted CPLAY onto the international stage in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012. At the time, the team included: Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth[2]. After an outstanding performance at the NorthCon gaming festival, CPLAY established itself as a serious newcomer “The Borussia Dortmund of the European CS:GO scene”. After the change from Xyp9x to fnatic, the CS:GO team reformed. In 2015, the team made the leap to the European top again by winning the ESL Major League and the Hitbox Arena Invitational. After further top placements in the Fragbite Masters and the CEVO, the newly discovered top performers Danny “Berry” Krüger moved to SK Gaming and Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander to Copenhagen Wolves.[3][4] The Counter-Strike era should end here for the time being.

Nationally, CPLAY has made headlines since 2012, especially in League of Legends. In 2013, the team with Maurice “Amazing” Stückenscheider became German runner-up and won the Dr. Pepper Allstar Tournament at Gamescom.[5]

In 2014, CPLAY was the only German team to participate in the European Championships (WGL Europe Finals) in the tactical shooter World of Tanks. The sympathizers around Dominik “Ruster” Waffler and Matthias “Hacki” Hackenberg finished the tournament with a sovereign third place.

Since 2007, CPLAY has been trying to strengthen e-sports away from the popular stages. In the alternative shooter of the Ubisoft subsidiary Nadeo, the line-up around the Belgian Dimmy “Dreammyw0w” Snels not only belonged to the competitive world top, CPLAY developed its own tournament platform together with the publisher. Together with the best commentators in Europe, the CPLAY Premier Series: ShootMania increased the international reach of the game many times over.[6]

Active players

Counter-Strike Global Offensive

  • GermanyDeutschland Mussa “T1TAN” Read-Linton-Sanbar
  • GermanyDeutschland Christian “ChrisWa” Walter
  • GermanyDeutschland Tim “sh1no” Decher
  • GermanyDeutschland Marijan “ser” Solakovski
  • GermanyDeutschland Quang-Anh “hayanh” Nguyen
  • AustriaÖsterreich Julian “Pir3x” Steinkasserer (substitute)

Important players

Counter-Strike Global Offensive

Former players (selection)

  • DenmarkDänemark Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
  • DenmarkDänemark Nikolaj “Holst” Holst
  • DenmarkDänemark Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
  • DenmarkDänemark Danny “BERRY” Kruger
  • GermanyDeutschland Pascal “nky” Maass
  • GermanyDeutschland Tugay “TuGuX” Keskin
  • IrelandIrland Phil “Whindanski” Nicholas

League of Legends

Former players (selection)

  • GermanyDeutschland Niklas “Intox” Lips
  • GermanyDeutschland Kevin “LordKevko” Zuber
  • GermanyDeutschland Frederik “Shantao” Krojniak
  • GermanyDeutschland Damian “D-man” Dörfling
  • PolandPolen Jakub “Koi” Nowicki
  • GermanyDeutschland Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider


Former players (selection)

  • BelgiumBelgien Dimmy “Dreammyw0w” Snels
  • FranceFrankreich Ludovic “Ludo” Bec
  • FranceFrankreich Aldrin “Narwak” Delmas
  • GermanyDeutschland Timo “Thy” Kruger


Former players (selection)

  • GermanyDeutschland Sebastian “Sheepshooter” Koch
  • GermanyDeutschland Robin “RobinWho” Sachsenhausen
  • GermanyDeutschland Marco “Seeker” Rothaupt
  • GermanyDeutschland Maximilian “MaxCapone” Bracht

World of Tanks

Former players (selection)

  • GermanyDeutschland Dominik “Ruster” Waffler
  • GermanyDeutschland Matthias “Hacki” Hackenberg
  • GermanyDeutschland Pascal “Dr_Tuer” Griebsch
  • NetherlandsNiederlande Kevin “TheDeadZone” van Huit
  • GermanyDeutschland Malte “DerZernichter” Schubert
  • BelgiumBelgien Jordy “Dakillzor” Versmesse

Successes (excerpt)

Counter-Strike Global Offensive

  • NorthCon eSport Arena 2012: 4th place
  • ESL Major League I 2015: 1st place
  • Hitbox Arena Showdown Invitational 2015: 1st Place
  • 99Damage Arena 18 2015: 3rd place
  • CEVO Season 7 – Europe Main 2015: 7th place
  • Fragbite Masters Season 4 2015: 9th place

League of Legends

  • CyberGamer SteelSeries LoL Challenge 2013: 3rd Place
  • EPS Germany 2013 Summer: 2nd place
  • EPS Germany 2013 Winter Cup 4: 3rd place
  • EPS Germany 2013 Winter Cup 1: 3rd place
  • Dr Pepper Allstars Tournament 2013: 1st place
  • International Invitational Tournament 3 2014: 3rd place


  • ShootMania Premier Series Season 2 2015: 1st Place
  • ShootMania Premier Series Season 1 2015: 3rd Place
  • Gamers Assembly 2015: 7th place


  • TakeTV Hearthstone Invitational 2014
  • SeatStory Cup II 2014 – Groupstage
  • Fireside Gathering 2014: 1st & 2nd place
  • eSports Patriots Cup 2014: 1st place
  • ESL 2on2 Team Cup 2014: 1st place
  • HyperX Invitational 2014: Round 4

World of Tanks

  • WGL Europe Finals 2014: 3rd place

Web links

Individual references

  1. CPLAY – Authentic eSports.Retrieved 1 September 2018 (English).
  2. Xyp9x.In: liquidpedia. Retrieved 24 July 2018 (English).
  3. Milan Švejda:BERRY replaces DOGS in SK.In: CS:GONews & Coverage | Retrieved 24 July 2018 (English).
  4. Luis Mira:CPLAY add xanzir, percy.In: CS:GONews & Coverage | Retrieved July 24, 2018 (English).
  5. Allstar Tournament History.Retrieved July 17, 2018 (English).
  6. Paul Dahlhoff:CPLAY closes its doors.In: SPORTSFREUNDE– Taskforce for eSports Marketing. Retrieved 24 July 2018.