North shuts down activities
eSports organization North, owned by Copenhagen FC, has ceased to exist. The reason for this decision was the financial difficulties of the main investor Parken Sport & Entertainment in the background of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the chairman of North and director of Parken Sport & Entertainment Lars Bo Jeppesen, the organization tried to raise investments to maintain operations during the global pandemic crisis but did not find suitable options.
North entered eSports in January 2017 with the signing of the former Dignitas squad, which at the time was ranked second in the world rankings. Over the course of four years, many notable Danish and Swedish players played for the team, with the biggest achievements being victories at DreamHack Open Montreal 2017, DreamHack Open Tours 2018, DreamHack Open Valencia 2018, DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 and DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019.
CEO Christopher Håkonsson left North at the end of November last year, and Alexander Pedersen was appointed as interim head of the organization, stating his intentions to change the player salary structure and make it more sustainable from a business standpoint. Shortly thereafter, Matthias "MSL" Lauridsen and Filip "aizy" Aistrup were removed from the main roster, and Danish portal Dust2.dk reported that the high costs of the duo were the reason.
Members of the former North squad do not intend to continue playing together after the Danish multigaming ceased to exist. The players announced about the search of new teams on social media.
Renee "cajunb" Borg
Nicklas "gade" Gade
Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson
Kristoffer "Kristou" Amand
Denis "grux" Gutaj
Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)
Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen (reserve)
Filip "aizy" Eistrup (reserve)