Former OpTic Star Mixwell Creates New Roster With Movistar Riders: "Nothing is going to stop us" - Dexerto
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Former OpTic Star Mixwell Creates New Roster With Movistar Riders: “Nothing is going to stop us”

Published: 20/Jul/2018 10:51 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:58

by Ross Deason

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Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas released a statement following the announcement that he will be heading up the new Movistar Riders CS:GO roster.

The former OpTic Gaming star has been without a permanent home since leaving the North American organization in February of 2018 but will now be heading up an entirely Spanish team alongside the likes of Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran.

The Spaniard states that Fernando Piquer, the CEO of Movistar Riders, wanted to make a team that would excite Spanish fans and wished to “create something that has long been in the making: a Spanish team to compete at the highest level”.

Commenting in the official press release, he makes it clear that nothing will stop them now that they have realized that dream.

“We have worked a lot and sorted many last-minute obstacles to get this dream team, and so the moment to show what we are capable of has come. Nothing is going to stop us once we start oiling the machine.”

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Piquer emphasized the importance of having a strong Spanish roster and commented on how proud they are of their new project:

“The road hasn’t been easy, but Oscar had a very clear road map. We are proud to have a team like this. Long time ago, we decided to maintain two teams to play at a national and international level, but we had to decide, and I’m sure it is the right one. I would like to thank both teams and their coaches the involvement and dedication they showed for the Club, as well as how they have defended the team colours in each tournament.”

In a personal statement on Twitter, mixwell speaks about his time living in America and playing for OpTic Gaming.

He talks about how he left Spain to follow his dream of making a living by playing CS:GO and says that he grew both professionally and personally during his time there.

“Since then, I have been growing personally and professionally. I have failed and I have succeeded. I have lived moments of all kind and met people I will never forget, which has given me the experience and confidence to take on another thrilling adventure.”

Mixwell says that the Spanish CS:GO scene also grew while he was away and that the new opportunity alongside the likes of loWel and other top Spanish players is the first of its kind for the region.

Movistar Riders now consists of:

  • Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas
  • Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran
  • Aitor ‘SOKER’ Fernández
  • Alejandro ‘ALEX’ Masanet
  • Alejandro ‘mopoz’ Cano
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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.