We’ve been following Cloud9’s CS: GO squad with fantastic interest since they have two South African players and a coach. Now, it appears like the organisation plans to rebuild their CS: GO Group Advancement programme. As an outcome of this relocation, the organisation will assist find new homes with new groups for the current lineup.

Cloud9’s CS: GO team hasn’t been doing too well recently. The group stopped working to leave the group phase at ESL One Cologne 2020, as well as DreamHack Open Summer. You will still be able to see the team play under the Cloud9 banner for ESL Pro League Season 12, where things aren’t looking too excellent either, as they’ve lost both their group phase matches therefore far.

Jack Etienne, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud9, discusses:

” We’re going into a new stage in our CS: GO advancement, and we’re truly excited to reveal our fans and community what we have actually been dealing with. We’re grateful to our existing roster and all their effort and decision – as we enter this next chapter, we’re devoted to discovering them a brand-new house that will empower their continued development. For those who do not know, the present Cloud9 lineup consists of South African coach Tiaan ‘T.C’ Coertzen, as well as local players Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou and Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek. They are joined by American players Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery, Josh ‘oSee’ Ohm, and Ian ‘motm’ Hardy.”

On Twitter, Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek states:

” Thanks, C9. I fell as a player throughout the year, I had doubts, I questioned a lot, and many of all I stopped believing in myself and instead drew belief from others. I recently discovered that it does not matter who believes in you, it’s whether you really believe in yourself! Upnext.”

It is unlikely that the South African gamers’ global journey is ending. Nevertheless, we do not know which team (or teams) they may head to in the future. Cloud9 does appear committed to finding these players new homes to continue their careers. We will keep you updated when we understand which organisation(s) these players will be heading to in the future.

The group will continue playing under the Cloud9 banner for ESL Pro League Season 12 North America.