The former Team Dignitas Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster has been picked up just two weeks after leaving the eSports veterans. NORTH, as they are now known, was formed in collaboration between Danish football team, F.C. Copenhagen and Danish film studio, Nordisk Film.
Kristian “K0nfig” Wienecke, René “CajunB” Borg, Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel, Emil “MagiskB0Y” Reif and Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen all signed up with North on a two-year contract.
Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen will take the place of NORTH’s new sports director and was a former sports director at FC Schalke and former owner of League of Legends team Elements.
The North roster had a pretty unimpressive 2016 season until Emil “MagiskB0Y” Reif joined them in July. At that point, the team started their climb through the ranks. The team went on to take first place at Epicenter 2016 after beating Fnatic, Na’Vi and Virtus.pro.
The players parted ways with Dignitas back in December, the day after they qualified for the ELeague Major. Dignitas went on to work with NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers to build a North American based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.
According to a release, NORTH plans to go beyond just CS:GO and bring in other eSports athletes to make up rosters for other games.
This is a major boost for eSport in the Nordic region. The level of ambition and organization is extremely high and with the support provided by F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film NORTH will have the strong platform needed to compete with the very best. Already, we have one world-class team within Counter-Strike, but we want to expand to other games. There is a large talent pool and we see ourselves as very competitive when it comes to attracting and developing the best eSport players, said Jacob Toft-Andersen.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available now for Mac, PC and SteamOS on Steam. The game recently won the “Just 5 more minutes” award in the 2016 Steam Awards.