Back2Back Owners Interviewed
INSIDER ESPORTS -- Justin Haynes sits down with Back2Back owners Michael Albrecht and Michael Garza to talk about the organization and their pickup of 00.
Back2Back has not been an organization for very long. So, who are you guys? What is Back2Back?
Hero: I’m Michael “hero” Albrecht, general manager of team Back2Back. We are still a new organization, but we are growing rapidly, especially with the addition of 00. I’ve been playing Counter Strike for about seven years now. I love the game and everything about it. I decided to instead get myself into eSports more by managing a team rather than playing. It’s a lot of work from day to day but to me it’s well worth it in the end.
I’ll be honest; I am 18 years old and just graduated from high school this past May. This was something I have always wanted to do and I am glad I finally got to pursue it to the fullest. It has grown from just a hobby to an official business.
Zee: Hello. My name is Mike “zEe” Garza and I am in charge of Team Management.
Give me a basic history of what has happened in the past couple weeks, and what lead to the pickup of 00?
Hero: I have always wanted 00, ever since they formed as a team. I started scouting them way before I even picked up Grid05 and actually had a good discussion with them when we first started. I basically went over with them what was to come of Back2Back and what we can do for them and what they can do for us. I saw 00 as the top team in North America and a team that can really compete with other international teams at the world level.
Zee: Well due to the fall out of Grid05 and how their lack of discipline and practice, we decided to go looking for a long term relationship with a better and more dedicated team. We came across 00 and were really impressed on how they performed against many known and well organized teams. We began by talking with the leader iNertia and built a friendship which led to the the pickup.
Who did you know on the team beforehand and why did you want this roster specifically?
Hero: The first person that I had a conversation with was iNERTiA. He basically wanted to be a part of Back2Back but he wasn’t sure if he can trust us at first because we were still new as an organization. He then realized that we meant business and wanted to be the best in North America. We went on talking for hours talking about the whole situation and team itself. We then came to conclusion to come together as a business.
What happened with Grid.05 and what was the main reasoning behind their departure?
Hero: The main reason we had to release Grid05 had nothing to do with their score or ranking or anything like that. There is a conspiracy to how we weren’t able to fund them, which is a complete lie. I just felt after getting to get to know them more that they just were not the image that Back 2 Back should have. I was totally supportive to them but I basically had two options in front of me that I had to choose from; keeping them or moving on to 00.
I do believe it was a mistake on my part to take on Grid05 in the first place, due to their lack of practice. They didn’t follow their word on dedication and discipline so I couldn’t follow my word to send them if they didn’t do what they promised.
Instead of playing as a team, they played in pugs. In my opinion Grid05 never left Grid05 even after moving to Back2Back; they basically stayed the same and didn’t change from their old habits. Not to say anything bad about them, they are a great group of guys and I had a privilege working with them. They just were not what Back2Back wants to be.
Where do you see this team going, and how do you feel the team will benefit under the Back2Back name?
Hero: I can see us reaching the top and becoming a huge North American powerhouse. It’s going to take dedication and time but I already believe that we can do it. They risked a lot to be apart of Back 2 Back and that to me shows how far they are willing to go to be the best. Besides that I am sending them to NY to compete for the WCG Quiver Shoot-out then straight after that we will be flying out to Dallas to compete and boot camp in the Lethal Gamers Tournament and then we have ESEA Invite Playoffs. Besides that, I am also looking forward to sending them to WCG and other events coming up.
Zee: Well I can see with the addition of 00 that we will be a top three organization in the U.S. and hopefully then the world. I really believe that 00 is able to match up skill-wise to any other team, but lacked the support of a staff and manager.
Do you think the community will support this transition, and if you could have gone about the change differently, would you?
Hero: Right now, who knows? After we released Grid05 they made a huge forum post on how we are a fake sponsor. Unfortunately, we are not a sponsor; we are an organization with teams under our banner. We still appreciate the support of all of our fans even though this ordeal. I am hoping the community will come through and realize that we mean business and want to be the new image for the community in a positive way. There was just no way we could do that with Grid05’s attitude.
I do wish I could go back from not picking up Grid05 and instead picked up 00 when I first had the chance. In the end though we all make mistakes, you just have to learn from them.
Zee: I believe the community will see it as a great opportunity for a good team to get the support that the really need and will improve their chances of becoming the best. Now if I had a chance to do it all over again knowing what I know now about Grid05, I would have never even looked twice at them because of their lack of dedication. That’s all I will say about that.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Hero: I would like to thank all of our fans and supporters for all your interest in the team. Without you we would be nothing. I would like to thank compLexity for their help and support.
I would also like to thank everyone that has helped me make this team what it is. Besides that we are still looking for some serious sponsors to help support the team more financially in the future. Stay tuned for our website which is currently under construction. Thank you so much for this interview and it has been a pleasure talking with you.
Zee: Well first off I would like to thank all the B2B staff for working hard in every aspect of the company and obviously my good friend Mike who I made B2B with.