Cloud9 Announces CS:GO Roster Shuffle

By Bobby Koh | | Read more

Cloud9 announces our new active CS:GO roster:

  • Timothy "autimatic" Ta
  • Damian "daps" Steele
  • Kenneth "Koosta" Suen
  • Tyson "TenZ" Ngo
  • Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas Colocho
  • James "JamezIRL" Macaulay - Head Coach

Our new team lead by JamesIRL brings a wealth of variety and experience, ranging from true veterans to rising stars.  Pairing the experience of autimatic, daps, Koosta and mixwell with the new rising talent of TenZ, we are excited to take the next step in the evolution of Cloud9 CS:GO.

To provide insight and clarity to these extensive changes, out of our previous roster:

  • Timothy "autimatic" Ta will remain on the team. 
  • William "Rush" Wierzba will be placed on the bench.
  • Soham "valens" Chowdhury will move to a Data Scientist role in support of the new head coach, James "JamezIRL" Macaulay. 
  • Maikil “Golden” Selim Rahim is on loan to NIP (Ninjas In Pyjamas) and will be participating in the 2019 Berlin Major with them.

Finally, we want to thank Daniel "vice" Kim and Rene "cajunb" Borg for their time, hard work, dedication, and amazing spirit, and we can’t wait to see what they will accomplish next! 

 

"I would like to thank Cloud9 for the amazing opportunity to play with them. Although this is the end of my time at Cloud9, I wish the team the best of luck in the future" - Rene "cajunb" Borg
 
“Some things can only be achieved with a deliberate step in a new direction. These changes will help perpetuate the mindset that we all need to be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Thank you to Mike, Dan, Rene, Will, and Kevve for trying to right the ship-- I am excited to see where they continue their journey. Without further ado, please join us in welcoming James, Damian, Tyson, Oscar, and Kenny to build a team with Tim that we can all be proud of! I'll be cheering... try and stop me. ” - Soham "valens" Chowdhury

 

With the roster now complete, the team is setting their sights on a strong showing at BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019, which kicks off on July 13th. For more on this, as well as other #C9CSGO news, check out the official Cloud9 Discord.

 

 

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, and World of Warcraft. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

 

It’s The Best Thing That You Can Do—EmZ Spotlight

By John Nomis | | Read more

Emma EmZ Rankin begrudgingly rolls her Secretlab gaming chair away from her desk so as to not get any egg on it. Draped in a nautical-themed blanket, she pulls over a stool and sighs deeply.

“This is gonna be fantastic,” she says sarcastically. “You could have done anything else, anything, but you decided to have me do this.” In a motion so fast it seems to have even caught her by surprise, EmZ swings her arm up and smashes a raw egg on top of her head.

“Thanks! Lovely! Wicked!” she proclaims as the yolk runs down her back. In a moment, she is gone, stepping away to get cleaned up.

The fact of the matter is she’s right about all of it. It is fantastic and lovely and wicked, because it is a celebration. EmZ has just eclipsed 500 subscribers on Twitch and her fans have decided to ring it in by breaking an egg on her head. In a few days, she’ll get to 750. It is an outcome she once thought impossible. It is an outcome she made inevitable.

EmZ was born in London and has spent the majority of her life there. Her first exposure to gaming is a tale many of us share, something of a rite of passage for gamers of the late 90s and early 00s: Halo. The signature franchise of Microsoft’s Xbox console, Halo served as the gateway game for EmZ, not only an introduction to first-person shooters, but an introduction to the potential games had. A gripping storyline. Smooth and oh-so-satisfying gunplay. An invitation to have friends over and a chance at bragging rights. EmZ had just one issue: it was her uncle’s console.

It wasn’t that her uncle, David, made it difficult, quite the opposite actually. He encouraged gaming as a hobby, as it was for him. It was simply that she didn’t have enough access. She would leave her uncle’s house but her mind would return to boarding Covenant ships, commandeering Warthogs, and, most of all, sniping Jackals and Grunts on the Truth and Reconciliation level. A new world had been unlocked for EmZ, or rather hundreds of them, and when the Xbox 360 came around in 2005, she knew she had to be a part of it for good.

It was a burgeoning passion that her mother recognized right away. And so arrived the Xbox 360 to EmZ’s life. It became quickly apparent that she was naturally talented, racking up kill counts and victories across multiple titles. But something was still missing. She would regularly head over to YouTube to watch montages of trickshots on Modern Warfare 2, the convergence of style, flair, and talent piquing her interest. It wasn’t enough to just be an observer, though.

“I thought ‘I want to do that,’” says EmZ. “So I bought my first capture card, an easycap, and I started recording in black and white,” she continues, with a laugh.

The year was 2010, and this would be EmZ’s first YouTube channel. Although she no longer has that particular channel, it was this moment that began her journey into the public sphere, a journey that has played a part in crafting her personality, confidence, and skill. There were many hurdles to come, however, from within and without.

EmZ is bisexual. Like most of us, it’s hard for her to pinpoint any particular moment in time where she was able to affirm her identity.

“During, I would say, secondary school,” she says, thinking back. She’s quick to arrive at that answer, but her retelling captures the challenges that come with encountering a revelation such as this one.

“I had this crush on a female in school, and I was too scared and very confused as to why I was feeling different ways with her. I would get really red, I would get very nervous, and it was just really embarrassing.” And, of course, the challenges didn’t end there.

“I was scared. Scared of what people would think of me. Or if they would laugh at me or bully me.” It is a story we have all heard, feelings we can all understand, and, lamentably, a hardship the LGBTQIA+ community still faces today.

And yet, EmZ navigates these potentially difficult memories with grace and confidence. The feelings she speaks of seem nonexistent now, her voice level, her attitude lighthearted. It is impossible to tell that she grappled with these concerns for several years before finally coming out. It’s a testament to her resilience and a testament to the encouragement her mother, Tracey, offered her.

“It was kind of a joke,” she says with a laugh, as she begins to retell the way she came out to her mother. “She realized I was getting close to this other female, who I worked with, and she would always make jokes with me.”

EmZ doesn’t recall what age she was when it happened. The edges of that memory have become hazy, the byproduct of a support system so utterly thorough that a life-defining event can occur with the same fanfare as a retelling of what you had for lunch.

“Then, one day, I started to catch feelings for my coworker,” EmZ continues. “And I just came out to my mom and asked, ‘If I was with a female, how would you feel about that?’” It’s hard for EmZ to picture her mother having a different response in hindsight, but in the moment it was still a bit surprising.

“She said she wouldn’t care. And I said ‘Oh, okay then.’” In a way, her mother misspoke. To read the words on paper is to assume an apathy that couldn’t be further from the truth. Tracey’s love and support ran at such a depth that it could not be shaken. Tracey was a single mother, and every action she had ever undertaken shared a common goal: EmZ’s happiness. And what EmZ had just shared with her was a core component of her lifelong happiness. That was all Tracey needed to know.

As with so many other aspects of EmZ’s life, Tracey was proud. So proud, in fact, that she herself did the rest of the coming out on behalf of EmZ.

“After telling my mom she then told my whole family, so I didn’t have to do anything really. She did the whole job for me and my whole family accepted me for who I am.” The retelling is again punctuated with a laugh, a fitting marker of the happiness that surrounds it. “Which is awesome,” EmZ adds. But EmZ also acknowledges her good fortune.

“And that’s literally all that happened. I’m very lucky,” she says with a pause. “I know loads of people have a terrible reaction to it. I know people that have had to endure that type of reaction, and I know it’s hard.”

So much of who EmZ is today is due to a support system that believed in her and built her up at every turn. A support system that is practically the definition of pride. And it is a support system that she would open up to others when she eventually shared the news with her community and viewers.

On May 21st, 2018, EmZ uploaded a Q&A video to her YouTube channel in which she announced her bisexuality to her community.

“I like boys as well as girls,” she says in the video. “I guess you can call me greedy,” she adds with a cheeky smile, her effortless charm an extension of the confidence her family helped her build up. She quickly shifts gears.

“If there’s any of you that are going through the same thing but you can’t actually tell anyone...try to get ahold of me and I’ll try to get ahold of you back,” she says, wrapping up this segment of the video with the hope of sharing the same support she herself had received. Of course, it wasn’t all positive.

“The reaction was good and bad. I did get some horrible comments.” The comments haven’t gone away, either. Whether it’s on her Instagram when she posts a picture of her and her significant other, or on her YouTube channel when her significant other comes up or makes an appearance, there are people who say negative things. But thankfully they pale in comparison to the voices of support at EmZ’s back.

“I tell myself I really shouldn’t focus on the negative behavior, I should just focus on the positive, and I get so much support, and I’m just grateful for that.” She acknowledges that it’s a skill that had to be learned, stating that negative comments used to extract a heavy mental toll back when she first broke the news. “I had to learn how to cope.”

Part of her coping mechanism came from being so open with her community. Her authenticity encouraged the same from her viewers and allowed her to wear her heart on her sleeve, whether in tweets or in full videos. It was something she relied heavily upon during the greatest tragedy of her life.

EmZ is hovering around 70,000 subscribers on YouTube. What started with black and white videos and a laptop placed on a windowsill, so as to not overheat during editing, has blossomed into a very real presence. Her fans have never been more eager and her skills have never been sharper. But the mood is solemn. EmZ pushes to publish a video daily, but that task feels more and more unattainable by the day. Tracey’s cancer has returned, and it is heartbreakingly clear that it is more aggressive than before.

“It was hard to carry on doing what I love when the person I love is infected by something so horrible,” she says. No one could have blamed her for stepping away to manage this situation as best she could, but there was one more checkpoint on the horizon that now felt more important than ever to her.

“I wanted to hit 100K as fast as I could so I could share the experience with my mom.” And so EmZ got to work. Video after video was produced, and the numbers kept astounding her. She was cracking 20,000 views almost every time. It felt imminent that she would break the 100K mark.

One morning, EmZ was getting dressed for work, the sky slowly getting brighter as the 6am sun encroached. She knew it was close, she knew logic dictated that it would happen, but until that number arrived, there was always a fear that she would come up short. This morning erased that. An odometer for the digital age, her channel reported her success: 100,000 subscribers. She called her mom into her room.

“Over the moon,” EmZ says about Tracey’s reaction. “Extremely happy.”

In a couple of months the diagnosis would become terminal. Tracey was entered into hospice care and the videos slowed as EmZ prepared for the worst. She took to Twitch more during these days, the live community giving her a respite, solace during the toughest days of her life. She was frank with them, open in ways some of us can only dream of, and the community repaid her in kind. And then October 10th brought the pain she was preparing to face. Tracey passed away in her sleep.

Over the following weeks, EmZ powered through the fog of losing someone. On October 23rd, she felt composed enough to share the news with her YouTube community. A teary-eyed EmZ walked them through what had happened, pulling no punches as to the impact it had on her. She was honest, giving no timetable for her return and pledging a full commitment to herself as she navigated through this tragedy. Her community embraced her, the comments full of sympathy, empathy, support, and understanding.

“My mom honestly thanked every single one of you guys because she always loved how much you guys supported me, so thank you for giving me the opportunity to make her proud.” Just as the 100K had been, the support of her community was never truly in doubt.

Some members of EmZ’s family are still unclear on how all of this works. They know the numbers are good, and they can tell by EmZ’s reaction that things are going tremendously well, but the industry of gaming is still understandably hard to grasp. It doesn’t diminish the support they offer, however.

“When I joined Cloud9 my nan was really happy, she was cuddling me a lot saying ‘you deserve this.’” Her uncle, David, who first unlocked this journey by sharing the wonders of Halo with her, does understand, however. He knows fully well how impressive her trajectory has been and how hard she’s worked to get here.

“When I hit 700 subs the other day he came into my stream to congratulate me, saying ‘well done, you deserve this, your mom would be happy.’”

The work isn’t done for EmZ, of course. She has her eyes set on the 1K mark for Twitch subscribers and the 200K mark for YouTube. The numbers still catch her off guard, in her retellings, in her streams, and it’s clear she never thought this could happen. But to get a glimpse of her life thus far, it feels equally clear that it was destined. An identity she could not ignore and a support system that would not waver.

“At the end of the day, you’re not here to please others. You just want to be who you are while making people laugh and giving them a place to be themselves. It’s the best thing that you can do.” Simple enough advice, but advice that sometimes feels impossible. Or perhaps inevitable.

Cloud9 and Microsoft Announce Multi-Year Partnership

By John Nomis | | Read more

Cloud9 and Microsoft are entering a groundbreaking partnership to co-innovate new technologies in esports. Throughout the multi-year partnership, Cloud9 and Microsoft will dedicate resources to develop new tools and technologies that will enable Cloud9 players and staff to uncover game-changing insights across a variety of titles in which Cloud9 competes.

“Using a range of Microsoft’s commercial and consumer products and services, we will work with Cloud9 to build tools that will help them train more efficiently and determine their best strategies to win.” said Mike Downey, Director of Sports Technology at Microsoft. “Pairing the technological expertise of Microsoft with some of the world’s best gamers and coaches, we have an opportunity to develop some really innovative technology.”

With this agreement, Microsoft becomes an Official Technology Partner and the Official Performance Analytics Partner of all Cloud9 branded teams, including the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team and the Counter Strike: Global Offensive team.

“As our organization looks at reaching new heights this year and next, we are incredibly excited to use the power of Microsoft technology to help get us there,” said Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO and Owner. “At Cloud9, we are all about giving players the tools they need to succeed, and with Microsoft leading the way for us, we’re going to have the competitive edge.”

With Microsoft’s latest technology pairing up with Cloud9, fans across the world can look forward to seeing new stats, more engaging and interactive content, and deeper analysis to better understand their favorite players.

“Teaming the leading technology company with the number one esports organization further elevates our competitive edge for the long term.” said Jordan Udko, Cloud9 Executive Vice President of Commercial Partnerships. “The partnership represents the natural evolution of an existing commitment of being a players first organization. Providing our players with best in class support is core to who we are.”

From interesting stats for fans to deep insights for teams, Cloud9 and Microsoft are thrilled to combine cutting-edge technology with esports prowess to usher in the next era of the industry. Learn more at Microsoft.com/InCulture/Cloud9.



About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Rocket League, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, World of Warcraft, Rules of Survival, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

Cloud9 Announces World of Warcraft Team

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Cloud9 is thrilled to announce our entry into competitive World of Warcraft, so please join us in welcoming the newest roster of C9! Making up our World of Warcraft roster will be Adam Chanimal Chan, Kameron Kubzy MacDonald, Marcel Wealthyman Rodriguez, and Kelvin Snutz Nguyen! These four players were all previously playing together as Super Frogs and will now be competing under the C9 banner!

The team has been turning heads in 2019 with dominant performance on top of dominant performance, featuring 1st-place finishes in AWC Spring 2019 - NA Cups #1, #3, #4, #5, and #6. Longtime Cloud9 fans may also recognize Kubzy and Wealthyman, as both players represented C9 in our 3rd/4th place finish at Arena World Championship 2015. All of us are excited to watch their dominant run continue!

"We are all honoured to be a part of the Cloud9 family. Joining an organisation as prestigious as this has always been our dream. With the support of Cloud9 behind us, we are driven to keep up our momentum and continue improving." -- Kameron Kubzy MacDonald


“World of Warcraft Arena is one of my favourite esports to watch. It was one of the first games that really captured my heart when it came to competitive gaming, so needless to say I'm extremely excited to be working alongside players as talented as Kubzy, Snutz, Wealthyman and Chanimal. They're a great bunch of guys and highly motivated to dominate the scene.” -- Kurtis Kala Lloyd, Cloud9 World of Warcraft Manager

You won’t have to wait long to see the team in action, as they will be participating in the AWC Spring Finals Day #1, which kicks off on May 11th! To discuss these changes and everything else #C9WoW, join us on the official Cloud9 discord.

 

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Rocket League, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, World of Warcraft, Rules of Survival, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

Cloud9 Announces Rainbow Six Siege Team

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Cloud9 is thrilled to announce that we are re-entering the Rainbow 6 competitive circuit, so join us in welcoming the newest team of the Cloud9 family, formerly mantis FPS, Cloud9 R6! Joining the organization are players Inyup Neilyo Lee, Yugeun h3dy Kwon, Seongsoo EnvyTaylor Kim, Chanyoung SweetBlack Han, and Sihun Nova Lee. Also joining us is head coach Inyeong SummerRain Kim and assistant coach Hyun OCN Park.

The roster has been dominating their region as of late, winning the Asia Pacific Qualifier for the Six Invitational 2019, winning Six Challenge Korea 2019, and taking the top spot in Korea Cup Monthly four months in a row, from September to December. We’re all excited to see what the roster can achieve as a part of the C9 Family.

“It's a great honor to be a part of Cloud9. We've been putting in so much work since Brazil Y2S3 Pro League Finals, Paris Major, and Six Invitational 2019 in pursuit of this recognition, so you can only imagine how overjoyed we were to get an offer from one of the best organizations in the world, and our dream team, Cloud9. We know there's a lot to live up to here, and we will do our best to make the fans proud and to reward the trust Cloud9 is putting in us.” -- Inyeong SummerRain Kim, Cloud9 Rainbow Six Head Coach

“We’re super excited to be back in the R6 scene and we know this team is going to make waves right away. Their ability to not only be successful, but to sustain it for months on end caught everyone’s attention and we’re looking forward to them continuing that run. Welcome to Cloud9!” -- Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner

You’ll be able to see the team in action at the Season IX APAC Finals, starting on April 13, and you can keep up with all news regarding #C9R6 and the #C9FAM by following us on social or joining the official Cloud9 Discord.

 

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

Cloud9 Welcomes cajunb to CSGO

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We at Cloud9 are thrilled to welcome the newest member of the Cloud9 family, René cajunb Borg, to the Counter-Strike Global Offensive roster! Joining us after most recently spending over a year with OpTic Gaming, cajunb is a true veteran of the game, his competitive experience with CS:GO dating back to 2012, and his experience as a competitive player going back to 2009 with Counter-Strike: Source. We’re excited to see what his extensive experience can bring C9, so join us in welcoming him to the team!

With a career spanning nearly a decade, cajunb has racked up accolade after accolade, including a 2nd-place finish at DreamHack Open Summer 2018, a championship at DreamHack Open Montreal 2017, and a championship at EPICENTER 2016. We look forward to him continuing his successes with C9!

“When you join an organization like Cloud9 there will always be a lot of pressure and expectations. I will do my best together with my teammates to make sure we succeed and make the fans proud.” -- René cajunb Borg

“I'm excited for a veteran like cajunb to begin playing with Cloud9. I believe he can teach our young players a lot from his years of experience in Counter-Strike. Welcome to the C9FAM.” -- Jonathan Tran, Cloud9 CS:GO General Manager

“It’s rare to see such an extensive esports career as cajunb has, so we’re really pleased about getting a chance to work with him. Welcome to Cloud9, cajunb!” -- Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner

With the roster now complete, the team is setting their sights on a strong showing at BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019, which kicks off on April 12th. For more on this, as well as other #C9CSGO news, click the official team banner below or check out the official Cloud9 Discord.

 

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

Thank You, kioShiMa

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Cloud9 today announces the release of Fabien kioShiMa Fiey from his contract with the Counter-Strike Global Offensive roster. Joining the team in November, kioShiMa helped Cloud9 achieve a 3rd-place finish at BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018 and a 2nd-place finish at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019. All of us here want to thank kioShiMa for his time with C9. His veteran leadership and deep knowledge of the game made a tremendous impact and we look forward to the next chapter of his career.

“I really appreciate Cloud9 giving me the opportunity to play professional CSGO again. I'm looking forward to what's next for me in my career and I wish Cloud9 the best.” -- Fabien kioShiMa Fiey

“It has been a pleasure working with kio over the past few months. Although his time at Cloud9 has come to an end, I wish him all the best in the future. Thank you for everything kio!” -- Jonathan Tran, Cloud9 CS:GO General Manager

“We’re so grateful to have had kioShiMa with the team during this time. The skills and qualities he showed with us leave no doubt in my mind that he’ll prove to be a valuable teammate wherever he goes next. Everyone here wishes him the best and we look forward to following his career. Thank you, kio!” -- Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner

With BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019 on the horizon, make sure you stay tuned to our social channels, or our official Cloud9 discord, for updates as we look to finalize the roster. All of us at Cloud9 are grateful to the players, coaching staff, and front office for their incredible efforts into putting together the best roster possible, and we’re especially appreciative of our fans for supporting us throughout these changes. Thank you #C9FAM!

 

 

About Cloud9


Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

Cloud9 Celebrates International Women's Day

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Join us in celebrating the women working tirelessly to bring Cloud9's vision to life. Put together by our Community Manager, Emily Gonzalez-Holland, learn more about the women authoring the future of esports.

AT&T Taking Esports Strategy to New Heights with Cloud9 Agreement

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Working with North America’s most popular esports organization, AT&T will bring fans closer to the sport they love 
Fans everywhere will get their Cloud9 fill weekly with new digital digest ‘The Nines’ presented by AT&T

LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2019 – Continuing to evolve its corporate sponsorships portfolio, AT&T Communications has reached a new agreement with Cloud9 that will help AT&T grow its relationships with new and existing customers as it plays an increasingly involved role in the esports community.

One of the most prominent esports organizations in the world, Cloud9 has 12 teams across a variety of platforms and titles, including League of Legends, Fortnite, CS:GO, Apex Legends, and others. They’ve competed in more than 600 tournaments and built one of the largest and most engaged fanbases with 17.4 million social media followers.

"Teaming up with a company like AT&T, who has always prided itself on being ahead of the curve, is a tremendous moment for the whole C9 organization," said Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner. "With what AT&T is bringing us, we're going to be able to bring the fans so much more – more content, more access, more memes, and more championships. I can't wait to see the incredible things we’ll do together."

Later this year, Cloud9 will begin production on a new, weekly digital show providing team highlights, player profiles, a look at upcoming tournaments and other esports news from across the Cloud9 organization and its partners . AT&T will be the presenting sponsor of this new series called “The Nines.” Fans can catch the series on Cloud9’s digital platforms.

“We’re thrilled that Cloud9 has chosen to work with us to connect its fans to more of the moments they love, whether that’s at an event, at home, or on the go,” said Shiz Suzuki, assistant vice president, AT&T Sponsorships & Experiential Marketing. “Our sponsorship investments put our brand at the convergence of entertainment, technology and lifestyles. Cloud9 is thriving at that intersection, and we look forward to learning and growing with them.”

In addition to “The Nines,” this new relationship enables AT&T to deliver experiences that deepen its relationships with its customers, and to connect with esports fans across the country by offering a closer look at one of the top esports organizations in the world. At AT&T-sponsored esports events with Cloud9 athletes and at other events where Cloud9 teams play, AT&T will use its social media and other digital channels to bring fans inside the action.

There are additional opportunities that AT&T and Cloud9 will explore to integrate Cloud9 across AT&T’s corporate sponsorships portfolio, to create new experiences and to connect both organizations to new audiences. The evolving portfolio includes flagships like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that’s delivered history-making moments for decades, to more recent investments in esports, professional basketball and giving underrepresented voices a platform for premium content development and distribution.

 

About AT&T Communications

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About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

 

Thank You, Zellsis

By John Nomis | | Read more

Cloud9 announces the departure of Jordan Zellsis Montemurro from the Counter-Strike Global Offensive roster. During his time with Cloud9, Zellsis helped the team advance past the New Challengers Stage at IEM Season XIII - Katowice Major 2019 and notch a 2nd-place finish at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019. We want to thank Zellsis for his strong play and teamwork during these tournaments and we will follow his career with great interest, as we are certain many triumphs are ahead. 


“I still have a lot to learn as a player, but it was an honor to spend my first major with such an incredible group of players. Thank you to everyone at Cloud9 for giving me this opportunity and I plan on coming back bigger and better than ever.” -- Jordan Zellsis Montemurro

“There’s no question that we asked a lot of Zellsis with these three tournaments, and he rose to the challenge. Even on the biggest stages, he remained level-headed and professional, traits that will be invaluable as his career progresses. We all wish him the best and look forward to our paths crossing again.” -- Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner

“Thank you to Zellsis for taking the time to stand in for Cloud9. Although your time with the team was short, we are appreciative of all the effort you put in to help us compete at all of our tournaments over the past few months. Good luck and keep working hard!” -- Jonathan Tran, CS:GO Team Manager


With this move, we now set our sights on bringing aboard a fifth member to round out the roster, so keep a lookout on our social channels for updates to come. For more on this, as well as other #C9CSGO news, click the official team banner below or check out the official Cloud9 Discord.




About Cloud9


Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories. At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, Rules of Survival, Rocket League, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. To find more information about Cloud9, visit http://www.cloud9.gg.

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