Cloud9 announced the signing of the ATK roster on Monday, confirming reports that had linked the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive organizations for about a month.
ATK, a South African-based organization, has climbed the ranks of the North American CS:GO circuit and finished in the top eight in the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals last year.
Cloud9 opted for a roster overhaul after tying for last among 16 teams in the ESL Pro League Season 10 Americas, facing relegation. Earlier reports had Cloud9 also looking to acquire ATK's Pro League slot as part of the acquisition, perhaps being able to bypass relegation. There was no immediate confirmation of that on Monday.
"A major motivating factor in our agreement to transfer the team was the commitment by Cloud9 CEO and owner, Jack Etienne, to the continued collaboration between ATK and Cloud9 beyond this transaction," ATK managing director Warren Barkhuizen said on the organization's website.
"At ATK we believe that Africa represents a vast, untapped resource of esports talent and have entered into the agreement with the specific intention of providing international opportunities to local players."
Cloud9's roster is now made up of Johnny "JT" Theodosiou, Ian "motm" Hardy, Josh "oSee" Ohm, Ricky "floppy" Kemery, Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek and coach Tiaan "T.c" Coertzen.
"Joining Cloud9 is a dream come true for the entire squad," Coertzen said in a statement. "Our team is still very young and I'm very excited to see how far we can go with the support Cloud9 can offer."
--Field Level Media