Movistar Riders has validated the finalizing of British Owen ‘Smooya’ Butterfield for his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive group after several weeks in which the popular player has been contending with the club as a stand-in and in which they have actually accomplished important accomplishments.

Smooya joins, definitively, the squad of which the Brazilian was already part of for a long period of time Lucas ‘Steelega’ Lopes, Estonian Kristjan ‘Shokz’ Jakobson and Spaniards Alejandro ‘Mopoz’ Fernández-Quejo and Alejandro ‘Alex’ Masanet.

The British player, commonly recognized worldwide after going through many European groups, debuted with Movistar Riders in mid-January playing the ESL European Championship, the competition that faced the champions of the different nationwide leagues – Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Benelux, Turkey and Switzerland – of ESL.

The Spanish club had a fantastic efficiency and took the triumph after 3 solid victories, hence achieving the credentials for the Play-In of the IEM Katowice. Throughout the subsequent weeks of January they also wound up winning the first season of the One Tap League and the PROPHECY WGR European Challenge.

The next big consultation in the calendar of the riders is, exactly, Katowice. There the IEM World Champion will occur, a competition with a million dollars in rewards in which 24 of the best teams worldwide will participate. It will begin on February 16 and will be divided into two stages.

Movistar Riders will start from the first of them, the play-in. It will be a double elimination draw from which only 8 of the 16 participants will pass and will join the 8 finest classifieds of the Road to Katowice circuit, among which we can find such remarkable names as Astralis, Group Vitality, G2 Esports, FURIA Esports or Evil Geniuses.

Parallel, Movistar Riders is likewise playing in the ESEA Advanced Division and will play the European Development Championship starting this weekend, a tournament in which a number of the very best understood groups of the 2nd European level will be present.