June 1st, 2016 — Today Immortals announced the acquisition of its new Counter Strike: Global Offensive team from esports organization Tempo Storm. The team is comprised of five Brazilian players:
Gustavo “Shoowtime” Goncalves
João “Felps” Vasconcellos
Lucas “Lucas1” Teles
Henrique “Hen1” Teles
Ricardo “Boltz” Prass
A top 10 team in the world and ranked as highly as 6th by some analysts, the former Tempo Storm CS:GO team is now the second world class team playing under the Immortals banner. In addition to the tremendous skill of the players, the team is one of the youngest in international competition, with an average age of 19.
Tempo Storm founder and CEO Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk said — “While it saddens me to part ways with the CS:GO team, Immortals will be an excellent home for them. I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished during their time with Tempo Storm and I wish them the best of luck in their careers moving forward. We’ll be back in the CS:GO scene before long!”
Immortals has been slower to expand into multiple titles than many of its counterparts due to its focus on adding teams that share the brand values of the organization. Immortals co-founder and CEO Noah Whinston explained– “Immortals doesn’t just stand for competitive excellence, but for the work ethic and selflessness that leads to it. There is no team more suited to play under the Immortals banner than this group of young, talented, hungry, and passionate players.”
That commitment by the players is matched by their organization. The team departs today for a bootcamp in Stockholm ahead of a run of international tournaments including ESL One Cologne qualifiers and Dreamhack Summer. Accompanying them will be two Immortals staff members: Newly signed coach Rafael “zakk” Fernandes, a veteran of Brazilian Counter Strike, and Immortals performance coach Robert Yip, who will assist in establishing healthy habits and structure for the team.
Star AWPer Henrique “Hen1” Teles commented — “We are very happy to join Immortals. It’s incredible the support they have given us since the first day. We have never been so motivated to reach our goals and be the best. We would like to thank Immortals for this opportunity and we will not take this for granted. We are going to keep doing our work and representing Immortals in the best way we can.”
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the top esports titles in an exploding market, with multiple international tournament circuits and an Atlanta based league produced and broadcast by WME-IMG and Turner Broadcasting System. Immortals now looks to expand into other key game titles, like Blizzard’s upcoming Overwatch, as well as to add more strategic investors to assist in organizational expansion.
Immortals, a professional esports organization, was founded with a commitment to setting new industry standards of player treatment and with the goal of bringing the world of esports to a mainstream audience. Backed by a team of tech, media, sports, and finance investors, Immortals announced its entry into the League of Legends Championship Series with the acquisition of Team 8 in September of 2015, and dominated the North American LCS with a record-setting 17-1 first season. Immortals investors include Chairman and co-founder Clinton Foy, Stephen Kaplan, Peter Levin, Gregory Milken, Greg Bettinelli, Matt Mazzeo, Michael Marchetti, Brian Lee, Brad Jones, Allen Debevoise, and the venture capital arm of Linkin Park, Machine Shop Ventures.
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