Moscow Five, now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. It’s 2018 and you might have at some point wondered what happened to Moscow Five? It used to be a major force in the pro scene, with teams in CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL and they were doing really decent. Not too long ago, in 2013, Dmitriy 'ddd1ms' Smilianets was charged for participating in the biggest hacking and data breach scheme to ever be persecuted in the United States. The group stole over 160 million credit and debit card numbers and hundreds of millions of dollars along with those. A huge part of the stolen details was also available on an underground black market, designed especially for that purpose. Since Smilianets wasn’t the main figure operating or doing the actual hacking, he received a considerably lower sentence of four years in prison, when compared to some of the others who got jailed for 12 and 20, respectively.
The League of Legends team of Moscow Five was disbanded and then resurfaced as Gambit Gaming under the new leadership of Konstantin ‘groove’ Pikiner, but that wasn’t the case with the Dota 2 squad which was dissolved in September 2013, then resurfaced again on 8 August 2014, and officially ceased to exist in 2015. The main reason were the team’s declining results, but following the arrest and sentence of its CEO, financial issues hit the organisation, causing it to shutdown entirely.
Now the man of the hour is back and maybe it’s time for Moscow Five to re-emerge on the scene. This might seem like the classic plot of a heist movie, but the rumours are already circulating and the sudden spark in the organisation’s social media is there to further confirm the suspicions, so we’ll probably be hearing more from them soon.