‘Representing London is an honour’ – Alicus returns to UK scene as Cloud9 acquire Laser Kittenz Overwatch roster

The rumour we heard was true - Cloud9 have picked up a new roster just days after they announced they had acquired a London spot in the Overwatch League.

Cloud9 have picked up Laser Kittenz - the EU Overwatch organisation set up by Misfits' former general manager Ali "Alicus" Saba.

They have also signed Overwatch player Nevix from Misfits.

Alicus has moved across to Cloud9 and become their new Overwatch director.

He said: "It is a great honour to join Cloud9. Jack [Etienne, Cloud9 founder] is a true industry leader, and the iconic brand he has built here speaks for itself.

"I’m happy to be able to fully focus on equipping us with the best possible chance at winning Overwatch League, and the road starts now with Contenders.

"Representing London is a dream come true and marks my return to the UK scene. I look forward to making all our fans proud.”

It's not yet confirmed what will happen to Cloud9's existing North American players, though in Cloud9's announcement tweet, they said that they 'Cloud9 expands its Overwatch roster'.

The news comes ahead of the EU Overwatch Contenders Season One. Laser Kittenz made the semi-finals in Season Zero.

It's likely Cloud9's new roster from Laser Kittenz could take part in both the Contenders and Overwatch League.

 

"Representing London is a dream come true and marks my return to the UK scene. I look forward to making all our fans proud.”
Alicus, Cloud9

 

In the Overwatch League, teams will take a split of overall revenues generated by the league. Slots are rumoured to cost around $20 million.

So far there are nine teams/owners: Cloud9 (London), Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (Los Angeles), New England Patriots (Boston), New York Mets (New York), NRG (San Francisco), Immortals (Los Angeles), Misfits (Miami/Orlando), NetEase (Shanghai) and Kabam (Seoul).

 

News source: Cloud9 announcement post

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  1. […] said that Alicus had ‘multiple’ Overwatch League offers in June and July, ahead of the Cloud9 acquisition. “Those were turned down, however, as the offers were just for Saba, and not the Laser […]

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