Fnatic has formed Fnatic Academy to acquire a secondary CS:GO squad to play in developmental events.
Fnatic has acquired a new roster to build out a semi-pro team. PlesseN, who was a stand-in for Fnatic during Olofmeister’s injury is the most prominent player on the team, but the majority of the players have vast amount of experience in tournaments. The team was scouted by their coach, Samuelsson, which was a semi-pro Counter-strike 1.6 player.
The Fnatic Chief Gaming Officer Patrik “cArn” Sättermon released a press release stating:
“We have identified what we believe is some of the most talented and hard working players in Europe, and from today onwards these individual will form one of the strongest semi-professional teams, which we as an organisation will support in their journey towards becoming the eSports stars of tomorrow,” he said.
Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen
Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovic
Alex “Karus” Saglamoglu
Linus “Bååten” Andersson
Maikil “Golden” Selim
Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson (Coach)
Golden and Bååten have achieved the most prior to being involved with the team when they won DreamHack Tours Open Qualifier #2 and DreamHack Summer 2016 Open Qualifier #2. Fnatic was founded under Counter-Strike 1.6, and the initiative to build and enhance their roster is setting a precedent for future orgs to have multiple rosters.