The Philadelphia 76ers backed organization makes its first return to Counter-Strike after parting ways with its male team, the current No. 5 in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings, North lineup.
Dignitas' new team will be representing its new brand this week in Katowice, Poland at the Intel Extreme Masters event where it will participate in the 2017 Intel Challenge.
Statements from the press release:
“Our intent is to recruit and develop the most talented players in the world,” said Jonathan Kemp, Team Dignitas CEO. “As a fan-first organization, we were thrilled to sign gamers who have a strong relationship with their fans and have achieved impressive success in international tournament play. We are confident that our squad will represent Team Dignitas’ history of winning in international coed and all-female competitions. Naturally we support the growth of female gamers in the industry, but chiefly saw this as an opportunity to bring premier playing talent into our Team Dignitas family.”
“We are extremely happy to have signed a team who desires, as we do, to compete and win at the highest levels of play,” said Michael “ODEE” O’Dell, Team Dignitas President. “We look forward to working alongside them in their journey and continued development as professional gamers. This is a team of talented competitors who has shown a drive to succeed and dedication to their sport and fans. We are ecstatic to announce the first all-female team in Team Dignitas’ proud 13-year history.”
“What excites me the most about joining the Team Dignitas family is the amount of support and respect they have from the eSports community,” said Emmalee ‘emuhleet’ Garrido, Team Dignitas CS:GO Captain and AWPer. “It is a dream come true to play for Team Dignitas and within the Philadelphia 76ers family; and we do consider our team a true family. Everyday we are inspired by our fans and each other to prove that with motivation, dedication and hard work you can achieve your dreams! Our fans mean everything to us and we hope to continue the same close relationship we have with them online, at events and through social media.”
“For over a decade, Team Dignitas has been a well-respected name in the business,” said Heather ‘sapphiRe' Garozzo, Team Dignitas CS:GO Team Manager and industry veteran. “To join such a historic organization is an absolute honor. As someone that has worked both in eSports and professional sports, and been an avid fan of both, it's exciting to see these two worlds collide to become a harmonious unit. I'm thrilled to work alongside some of the industry's best players and executives and share my eSports passion with the our new Team Dignitas and Philadelphia 76ers family.”