Jess Colwill, December 21, 2016

Team Dignitas Drops CS:GO Roster

Team Dignitas has announced they will be parting ways with their Counter-Strike: GO roster. Following the controversial move, the team plans to create an “elite, international Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team based in North America.”

According to the press release, the decision to part ways was a mutual one with Dig’s best wishes for the players “next chapter of their professional eSports careers.” According to ex-team captain Casper “Ruggah” Due, the players were “offered a very competitive deal,” and despite weeks of negotiation, decided it was time to head their separate ways.

It seems Ex-Dignitas won’t remain on the market for long, though. According to Dot Esports’ sources, the team will be signed by Danish football club F.C. Copenhagen who's looking to break into the esports scene. Ex-Dig is expected to make the announcement official in January, after their Dignitas contracts officially expire on December 31st.

If these rumors are true, F.C. Copenhagen join a growing list of big-name traditional sports teams who are buying their way into esports. Earlier this month the Milwaukee Bucks co-owner dropped $2.5 million on a League of Legends team, while the Houston Rockets have hired their own esports director, and even Shaquille O’Neal is investing his money.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.