Media: Cloud9 benches CS:GO lineup and puts all operations on hold

American multigaming Cloud9 are temporarily withdrawing from CS:GO professional scene just six months after signing the current lineup. This was reported to The Esports Observer by the CEO of the organization Jack Etienne.

Benched players will be free to pursue other opportunities in the interim, according to Etienne.

Etienne said that the reason for the pause in operations of its CS:GO roster was because the COVID-19 pandemic has not allowed the team to practice together and in an environment conducive to providing the squad the best opportunities to win.

While Etienne did confirm that the team will be benched, he was adamant in emphasizing that this would not be the end of Cloud9 CS:GO, but that the organization would need to wait until a time when travel restrictions were more lenient and practices could happen under one facility.

“We will return to NA CS:GO when conditions are favorable,” said Etienne.

Cloud9's current roster was assembled by general manager Henry "HenryG" Greer and coach Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunovic back in September 2020. But shortly afterward kassad has left the project due to personal disagreements on the future of the project. During this time the promising lineup

Cloud9's roster:

  •  Alex "ALEX" McMeekin.
  •  William "mezii" Merryman
  •  Ricky "floppy" Kemery
  •  Patrick "es3tag" Hansen
  •  Eric "Xeppaa" Bach
  •  Chris "Elmapuddy" Tebbit (Coach)