After a year's absence since a March 2021 withdrawal, Cloud9 is back in the CS:GO picture with a massive acquisition. The esports organization originally stepped away from CS:GO due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a return now appears imminent with an exciting group of pros set to represent the Cloud9 label.
The move came quickly as one of the more impressive CS:GO teams was on the market. So let's get into the details after it was revealed that Cloud9 is returning to CS:GO after acquiring the Gambit Esports roster.
Cloud9 acquires Gambit Gaming CS:GO roster
In a recent post to the Cloud9 website, the prominent esports organization revealed they always intended to return to the CS:GO scene and were simply waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.
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Cloud9 moved to acquire the Gambit Esports CS:GO roster citing that the collection of players has shown incredible promise and talent. The individuals who will be joining the Cloud9 CS:GO team include the following:
- Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov (player)
- Dmitrii “sh1ro” Sokolov (player)
- Sergei “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov (player)
- Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov (player)
- Timofei “interz” Iakushin (player)
- Konstantin “groove” Pikiner (coach)
In addition to the players who will now be representing the Cloud9 CS:GO label, the esports organization is also bringing along Ivan “F_1N” Kochugov, an analyst, and Aleksandr “Sweetypotz” Scherbakov the team's manager.
Cloud9 new CS:GO team debut
Fans won't have to wait long to see the former Gambit players debut as the new Cloud9 CS:GO team. Having already earned qualification at the European RMR B, the now Cloud9 team will take part in the PGL Major Antwerp beginning 9th May.
It's certainly an exciting time for Cloud9, and both the players and Gambit Esports seem to be leaving on good terms and without hard feelings as many have posted well-wishes on their official social media accounts.
Keep an eye out for this squad to make noise in their debut at the PGL Major Antwerp in early May. For more Counterstrike coverage including upcoming tournament information and more, be sure to check out the rest of our dedicated CS:GO page.
Featured image courtesy of Cloud9 Esports Inc.