Counter-Strike 1.6 creator, Minh “Gooseman” Le has established a new company called Scattershot Limited.
The new company is potentially a video game company, either established for publishing or producing video games. Minh’s parter is Nikolaj Nyholm, the owner of Astralis, a successful Counter-Strike professional team. Officially called Scattershot Ltd. the company has been registered under UK Business Code 62011. The code has been used for computer game design.
Le is currently working for Plan 8, an MMO shooter where characters suit up in an exosuit and set within an expansive sci-fi world filled with interesting and mysterious storylines.
Check the Plan 8 trailer down below:
Le is credited with the creation of the original Counter-Strike mod for Half-Life. Le worked for Valve from 2000 to 2006 before leaving the software developer to work on other video games, including Rust and Black Desert Online. He also helmed the development of what Le once called Counter-Strike’s successor, Tactical Intervention. The game released in 2013 before shuttering its servers shortly afterward. Le’s last mention of any type of game design work came in 2019 when he tweeted about an in-development project Plan 8 by BDO creators Pearl Abyss.
Given Le’s legendary status in the Counter-Strike community and Nyholm’s success with both RFRSH and Astralis, Scattershot could be the first sign that Astralis Group plans to expand into new areas such as esports-ready video games. It’s also possible that Nyholm’s investment in Scattershot is unrelated to the Astralis Group as the director diversifies his own personal holdings. Either way, the company’s registration ties Le directly back to the game he famously created.
Certainly, fans can expect a great competitive co-op shooter from Le, however, it is still unclear if the experienced designer is thinking on Plan 8 as the game that can match his success with Counter-Strike, there is also the intrigue of how will be the multiplayer designed.