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Cloud9 signs first all-female Valorant esports roster

Published: 25/Oct/2020 22:12

by Bill Cooney

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Cloud9 has officially announced they’ve signed one of the first all-female Valorant teams in the game’s esports community: C9White.

Teams the world over have been signing players for Riot’s new FPS left and right but no professional org had signed an all-female squad, until Cloud9’s latest announcement broke on October 25.

In a tweet, the org announced Alexis ‘alexis‘ Guarrasi, Annie ‘AnnieDro‘ Roberts, Jasmine ‘Jazzyk1ns‘ Manankil, Melanie ‘meL‘ Capone, and ‘katsumi‘ – who have all played together before – as the five faces of C9White.

Kristin Salvatore, senior vice president of marketing at Cloud9, told GamesBeat in an interview that both the org’s female and male Valorant squads will play in the same league, practice together, and scrim against one another.

“We have two competitive teams,” Salvatore said in the interview. “And our goal is to actually have one competitive team that has the best players on it.”

Ideally, this would be a mix of both male and female pros, something that would be a first for a top-tier Valorant program, and a combination that we have rarely seen in esports at all.

One parallel that could be drawn is Se-yeon ‘Geguri‘ Kim of the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League, but one female bench player on a roster is a far cry from an all-female team or a main club that gives six different women a chance to crack its starting lineup.

As mentioned earlier, all five members of C9White have played together before – on an unsponsored team named MAJKL. They ended up finishing in the 5th – 8th spot at the Counter Logic Gaming Blitz Open Cup, and, later on, got first place at the all-female FTW Summer Showdown tournament in September.

The lineup will play their first matches under the blue C9 banner just a day after the official announcement, at Riot’s First Strike tournament qualifiers starting on Monday, October 26.

It’s no secret that esports organizations are trying to appeal more to the female demographic and get more girls involved in gaming. There is an ongoing effort to break gendered stereotypes in the industry and, from a capitalist lens, their money does spend just as well as males after all. So it will be very interesting to see how this ends up working out for the newly minted pros on C9White.

CS:GO

Why Karrigan is key to unlocking Bymas’ potential

Published: 17/Nov/2020 16:04

by Shane King

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Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras is one of CSGOs most intriguing rookies. At just 16 he was scouted by FaZe Clan to step into the shoes of Counter-Strike legend Olofmeister.

Despite early performances from the Lithuanian prodigy, his stint on the CS Galacticos lasted just under three months after making the switch to Karrigan’s mousesports. The Danish IGL has a reputation for helping young talent flourish on the biggest stage, and this could be the key to unlocking the true potential of Bymas.

The young rifler was plucked from the ranks of FACEIT Pro League by the superstar playmaker Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, who hallmarked the then 16-year-old prodigy for success. He stated, “I believe he has the potential to make it to the top and do some good things.”

But after failing to step into Olofmeister’s shoes during his short stint with FaZe Clan, many argued that his debut with the CS elite was premature. Yet Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen recognized the value in this young talent’s flair. Here’s why the Danish Kingpin is key to unlocking Bymas’ potential.