Team Endpoint have today announced their merger with VATIC.
The deal will see the team at VATIC joining EndPoint, along with the VATIC Overwatch roster. Plus, streetwear brand DRKN and peripherals company Xtrfy will now move across as VATIC partners to become partners with EndPoint.
eSports News UK understands there was no fee involved in the deal, however there is equity on offer to VATIC staff that have moved across, based on performance on objectives.
Matt Litherland moves from VATIC to join the board of EndPoint as chief commercial officer, and will be responsible for growing EndPoint's commercial offerings.
Mark Cross, meanwhile, will be looking to improve EndPoint's media offering, including their streaming strategy.
VATIC community manager (and self-proclaimed 'destroyer of LANs'!) Anthony English hasn't moved to EndPoint, but the offer is there.
— AdamJessop (@AdamJessop) November 29, 2016
The EndPoint Overwatch roster is now as follows:
- Alex ‘Gito’ Gittins
- Jamie ‘Underscore’ Lewis
- Jamie ‘Wing’ Duell
- Thomas ‘Space’ Mayer
- Kieran ‘Keys’ John
- Ziggy ‘nVc’ Orzeszek
"As a British gaming organisation, we have been working hard to buckle the status quo, and strengthen our brand in a number of areas."
Adam Jessop, Team EndPoint
Adam ‘Adz’ Jessop, EndPoint CEO, said: "Running an esports organisation involves a lot more than simply picking up teams and aiming to achieve podium finishes at UK events.
"As a British gaming organisation, we have been working hard to buckle the status quo, and strengthen our brand in a number of areas. Because of this, it’s become extremely important that we continue to bring in the right people with certain skills and experience, and utilise them in the right areas to help us achieve our high ambitions.
"The UK gaming market is going through a period of huge exponential growth, and as a leading brand, we need to keep evolving in order to capitalise on that. We believe that bringing the VATIC guys on board is a massive step forward for Endpoint, as it will help us grow in key areas whilst strengthening our core offering."
Matt Litherland added: "Pooling resources, knowledge and experience is something I'm incredibly excited about. I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity of working together for quite some time and feel that the merger allows all people involved to focus on their strengths, in order to build a better future for grassroots esports in the UK."
The two organisations have some recent history; in September this year EndPoint pipped VATIC to acquiring the UK CSGO team known at the time as Orgles5.
EndPoint have made a rapid rise since starting out in early 2016, putting themselves firmly on the map of UK esports. With their current CSGO line-up competing in the UK Masters and having had some early success at both Insomnia58 and the UK Premiership, the team will move into 2017 with a new Overwatch roster and years of experience from VATIC joining them at Endpoint.
For full details on the merger be sure to check out the new EndPoint website.