Team Vitality signs landmark five-year contract extension with Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
A historic first for the organisation as they cement their commitment to working alongside the undisputed best player in the world, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, to build their CS:GO legacy.
Holograms of ZywOo were spotted across Paris as the announcement was marked with an evening of celebration and illumination.
Paris, December 20th, 2020: Leading global esports organisation, Team Vitality is pleased to announce that it has signed a five-year contract extension with CS:GO superstar Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut. The contract was signed at the beginning of 2020 and will end on December 31st 2024 signifying a five-year commitment. At only 20-years-old, ZywOo is unrivaled as the best player in the world having been ranked the number one player on HLTV at the end of 2019. The long term partnership represents Team Vitality’s commitment to nurturing the best talent in esports and fostering a culture of exceptional performance.
In celebration of the groundbreaking announcement Paris was illuminated with holograms of ZywOo across the city. ZywOo was spotted on monuments and buildings including the Pantheon, Trocadero, Near Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. The stunt showcases Team Vitality growing cultural impact within France and how its players have become national icons.
At only 17-year-old, ZywOo first joined Vitality in 2018 where he made his instant emergence on the CS:GO scene and was quickly labeled as a player destined for greatness. Since ZywOo’s signing, Team Vitality has been crowned winners at the ECS Season 7 finals and EPICENTER 2019, as well as runners-up at both ESL One: Cologne and DreamHack Master Malmö.
During this first year of professional play, ZywOo also became a record holder by earning the most MVP titles. ZywOo was awarded a staggering five awards in 2019 including cs_summit MVP, ESL One Cologne MVP, ECS S7 Finals MVP, DreamHack Masters Malmö MVP and EPICENTER MVP. He also made history when he was announced as the youngest and only French player to be crowned 2019 HLTV Player of The Year.
Team Vitality’s CS:GO team has seen massive growth in 2020 with the signing of 17-year-old prodigy Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier and the introduction of a six-man roster with superstar Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom. The team’s most recent accolades include a win at Intel Extreme Masters Beijing where they became the first team to win a major tournament with a six-man competing roster and back-to-back BLAST Premier championships. The team currently sits at number one on the coveted HLTV World Rankings.
“We are delighted that ZywOo has chosen to commit to being a member of Team Vitality for the next five years. A player like ZywOo comes along once in a generation and we couldn’t be happier to have him competing with us. Together with our performance team, we are committed to ensuring that ZywOo has the tools and infrastructure to continue reaching his full potential” said Fabien “Neo” Devide, President & Co-Founder, Team Vitality
“Being a member of Team Vitality has always been such a natural fit for me. 2020 was a crazy year and I know that having Team Vitality and my teammates support me was one of the main reasons I excelled. I am really excited to make this commitment and wear the Team Vitality shirt for another five years.” said Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut