Minh “ Gooseman” Le


Subnation, in partnership with Xplayn and ESL, is dropping a limited edition apparel collection today celebrating Minh “Gooseman” Le, the creator of the original Counter-Strike mod, at Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. This is the first in a series of Subnation merchandise collaborations that will recognize the people, titles, and events that helped define and shape the culture of gaming and esports industry.

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For the Gooseman 20 collection, Subnation partnered with Bernard Chang, the legendary comic book artist who has brought many of our favorite Valiant, Marvel, and DC Comics characters to life. Bernard created the original art at our inaugural live art series during E3.

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Minh “ Gooseman” Le was born in 1977 in Vietnam. In 1979 he and his parents left Vietnam and immigrated to Canada as refugees. He attended Simon Fraser University where, in his senior year, he began to work on Counter-Strike as a mod of Half-Life. Working tirelessly on his creation, Minh launched the first beta version in June of 1999. By the fourth beta version, Valve, the developer who created Half-Life, took notice and began assisting in the development of Counter-Strike. In 2000, Valve bought the rights to Counter-Strike and hired Minh to continue working on his creation. After leaving Valve in 2006, Minh went on to create Tactical Intervention, another multiplayer first-person shooter based on the Source Engine. In 2013, he joined Facepunch Studios to work on Rust, a revolutionary title in the FPS genre. After leaving Facepunch in 2018, he joined Pearl Abyss to work on a new project with the team that created Black Desert Online. We are looking forward to seeing what comes next from this visionary and the great team at Pearl.


Subnation will be sharing more of these stories as well as exclusive content about Gooseman and other Original Gamers. Who do you believe has influenced the course of gaming? Tell us what you think and help us identify subjects for our future collections.  Due to overwhelming interest and demand, Subnation has created a waiting list for when the next Gooseman20 drop will be available to the general public.  So sign-up below to be the first to know when the merchandise is back in stock and where you can get it! 

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