SK Gaming release CS:GO team

by theScore Staff Jun 22 2016
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SK Gaming has released their Danish CS:GO team, according to an announcement on the team's website.

"I have rarely seen a team, that deals with setbacks as good as this group of players," SK Gaming's Managing Director Alexander Müller said in a statement.

"The mentality they have shown during our time was really outstanding. We worked together for over a year and decided it is best for both parties to try a different approach. I am sure all of the guys have a bright future in Counter-Strike and will find a new home soon."

SK Gaming picked up their newest roster in May 2015. Since joining the organization, the team has participated in numerous premier tournaments, most recently DreamHack Summer 2016, where they finished in the Top 6. They also placed second at CEVO Gfinity Pro-League Season 9 in May.

While there has been no word on what SK Gaming’s former roster plans to do next, the team’s captain Asger “AcilioN” Larsen has said in a Facebook post that he will not play with the team in the future and is looking for offers to join a new team.

“I have changed the way I've been playing a lot,” AscilioN said. “I have been trying to play more as a team and take less favorable positions so my teammates could get them instead.This has ultimately resulted in me not performing as I would've liked to and my teammates would've liked to.

“Time to look forward! This will hopefully open new and fun opportunities for me.”

The new team has since announced that Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså will fill out their roster following AscilioN's departure.

In the announcement, SK Gaming said that it would “follow up shortly with further information regarding its CS:GO division.”

The news comes after a report from ESPN’s Jacob Wolf in late May that Luminosity Gaming’s players had signed contracts with SK Gaming ahead of the MLG Major Championship: Columbus. LG captain Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo said in a statement to The Daily Dot’s Saira Mueller that the team had tried to nullify the deal, but SK Gaming refused. The two parties have been communicating through lawyers since.

SK Gaming’s roster at the time of its release is as follows:

  • Asger “AcilioN” Larsen
  • Michael “Friis” Jørgensen
  • Andreas “MODDII” Fridh
  • Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.