Moscow 5 announced earlier today that they have released their Counter-Strike 1.6 squad. The news is disheartening for CS 1.6 fans as SK-Gaming just released their own team a few weeks ago. Information on the release was made public through Moscow 5's website
The organization was clear to indicate that the release was a mutual understanding and that the move was made to expand Moscow 5 in other areas and that CS 1.6 doesn't have a future in that. Moscow 5 has not yet announced whether or not it will have a CS: GO squad in the future.
Moscow 5's CS 1.6 lineup was:
Eduard "ed1k" Ivanov
Roman "ROMJkE" Makarov
Roman "hacker" Abramov
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov
An interview featuring the Chief Manager of Moscow 5 and Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov can be viewed here
albeit in Russian. In another interview Eduard "ed1k" Ivanov claimed if Valve were to host The International for CS: GO as they have done so for DOTA 2, with a $1,000,000 prize, that he would make a comeback. However Valve has stated, in an interview to Cadred, that this will not take place and instead the focus will be on promoting the game within the existing leagues of today.
"CS already has a strong competitive community that we respect and are in constant communication with. While the landscape is changing for some leagues on what games they are featuring, we think promoting CS:GO inside of those existing leagues is the most important thing we can do for the community."
- Chet Faliszek from Valve