Cloud9 CEO: Gambit did not take part in the roster transfer negotiations
Cloud9 CEO and Founder Jack Etienne spoke to Sports Business Journal about the deal of acquiring the Gambit roster, the amount of which remains undisclosed. According to him, the American organization negotiated only with ULTI Agency, which acquired full rights of the players in advance and entered the transfer market.
The ULTI Agency acquired the rights of these players and brought us this exciting opportunity. They were pivotal in negotiating agreements with the players that everyone was happy with.
Cloud9's decision to return to CS:GO was facilitated by the opportunity to also sign Gambit's coach Konstantin "groove" Pikiner, Etienne admitted.
When we left CS:GO, it was always with the promise of a return when we saw the right opportunity. This team has shown incredible promise, but what clinched it for me was that Groove would join Cloud9 as well.
The head of the American organization did not disclose the place where the Russian roster will move, which was announced in the Cloud9's press release. Etienne encouraged to follow the news and assured that the team will look for opportunities to participate in all top-tier tournaments, not limited to North America.
Support will include relocation, housing, equipment, boot camps and much more. We will look to provide everything they need so they can focus on being the best they can be.
Relocation of the team is currently underway, stay tuned. We will be looking to play any premier events available.
Earlier today, on April 24, Cloud9 announced the signing of the Gambit roster, which played under the neutral Players tag at last big tournaments due to the ban of the club for having ties to the Russian government amid ongoing hostilities in Ukraine. The debut of the team representing the American organization will take place at PGL Major Antwerp 2022, which will be held from May 9 to 22.