Andbox has entered the world of Valorant with two former CS:GO professionals providing the basis for their team.
Brad "ANDROID" Fodor and Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker both played for over a year together on Complexity Gaming's CS:GO roster before leaving to join other teams at the end of 2018.
ANDROID is one of many former CS:GO pros that have now made the switch to Valorant. (Picture: NextGen Tech, LLC)
Matt "Warden" Dickens will be joining as coach, he too has a strong connection to Complexity having been both a player and coach from 2018 to his retirement from CS:GO last week.
A new era of New York has arrived. pic.twitter.com/WcZFYqJ0Rt— Andbox (@andbox_official) September 17, 2020
Joining him on the backroom staff is former DOta 2 player and coach Gordan "g0g1" Prošić. The first time we have seen a personality from the world of MOBAs make a professional transition to Valorant.
And that isn't the only thing Anbox are doing different as they plan to use the analytics on offer with Aim Lab, a tool that uses AI and analytics to measure a player's performance, to help in their recruitment of players with hopefuls able to put their name forward if they perform well in the tests on the Aim Lab platform which is expected to go live later this month.
"Dickens and Prošić will assemble the rest of the roster with the support of Aim Lab, a talent assessment software developed by neuroscientists at Statespace," stated Andbox in their press release.
The esports organisation, which also fields the Call of Duty League's New York Subliners and the Overwatch League's New York Excelsior also expressed pride in this being the first roster they would field with the Andbox name.
"This marks a huge milestone as we are creating the first VALORANT team that will represent New York on the world stage,” said Rohit Gupta, Andbox's Chief Product Officer.
“It will also be the first time that one of our professional esports teams will compete using the Andbox name. We’re proud to be the organization that gave New Yorkers professional esports teams that they could call their own in the New York Excelsior and New York Subliners, and we’re excited for what’s to come as we expand into this new game.”
Warden also expressed his joy at kicking off this new venture:
"It’s incredible to be joining Andbox to launch its newest team and build a world-class professional roster from the ground-up in a truly unique way.”