Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne has confirmed rumours that Cloud9 are set to leave CS:GO.
Just months after forming one of the most lucrative squads in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Cloud9 is set to temporarily leave the scene with the roster benched and made available for transfer.
According to reports from Rush B Media, Cloud9 CEO, Jack Etienne, has confirmed that the American Organisation will leave CS:GO, with the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic proving too troublesome.
The roster of Alex "ALEX" McMeekin, Patrick "Es3tag" Hansen, Ricky "Floppy" Kemery, William "mezii" Perriman, and Erick "Xeppaa" Bach, will all part ways unless another organisation collects the whole roster.
The roster was formed as "Colossus", with multi-million contracts on the table for the majority of the roster. In-game leader ALEX was confirmed to be on a three-year deal worth $1,650,000, whilst Özgür "woxic" Eker joined for a deal worth $1,350,000 before having to leave the team in January.
After General Manager Henry "HenryG" Greer was gifted with the luxury of building an EU god-squad, the pressures of a continuing pandemic have proven too much. Despite forming the squad throughout September and October when the pandemic was rife, the second wave of lockdowns and an extended time in the online gaming era has meant that C9's struggles on the game have left a mountain that cannot be climbed.
According to Rush B Media, Etienne was vigorous in reiterating that this is not the end for Cloud9 in CS:GO, although they are set to depart. The organisation will look to return to the title, presumably with a much more affordable roster once some form of normality is returned to esports.
Cloud9 have yet to respond to the claims officially, although a statement is expected in the following days.
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