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theScore esports Daily (Feb. 2): Kjaerbye leaves Astralis for North, kNgV- assembling new Virtue Gaming roster and Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe arrested

by Keith Capstick Feb 2
Thumbnail image courtesy of Joe Stephens / ECS

theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.

Kjaerbye leaves Astralis for North

Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye has left Astralis and joined North, he announced on Twitter Friday.

Both North and Astralis departed the ELEAGUE Boston Major prior to the Top 8.

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kNgV- assembling new Virtue Gaming roster

Vito "kNgV-" Guiseppe, who's been surrounded by controversy lately, is looking to assemble a new roster under the Virtue Gaming banner, he told ESPN Brazil.

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kNgV- was recently released by 100 Thieves before the organization dropped the entirety of their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.

RELATED: 100 Thieves withdraw from CS:GO, drop Brazilian roster

kNgV- is looking to "rebuild" himself, he told ESPN.

"I plan to compete abroad, defending Virtue's colors, not only in the United States, but wherever the game takes us," said kNgV-.

Counter-Strike co-creator arrested

Jess Cliffe, one of the co-creators of Counter-Strike, was arrested on Feb. 1 for sexual exploitation of a child.

Police have not yet released details, and Seattle police have confirmed that Cliffe has not been charged with a crime. Cliffe was still working as a game designer for Valve Corporation.

Cliffe was denied bail on Friday until after his hearing, where a decision on whether to post bail will be made. Valve has decided to suspend him until more information is known.

“We are still learning details of what actually happened. Reports suggest he has been arrested for a felony offense," said Doug Lombardi, a spokesperson for Valve. "As such we have suspended his employment until we know more.”

Cliffe's court appearance was set for 2:30 p.m. PT on Friday.

NAF to replace JDM on Team Liquid

Team Liquid are reportedly looking to replace Josh "jdm64" Marzano by bringing back Keith "NAF" Markovic, according to a report by DBLTAP's Jared "Dekay" Lewis.

The report cites multiple unnamed sources. NAF previously played for Team Liquid in 2015.

Keith Capstick is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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