Rumor Mill: SK Lineup Plans On Signing With Immortals
Posted 30th January 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff    78 Views
SK Gaming’s CS:GO team members may leave the franchise and move on to team Immortals in the coming months. While the move has yet to wait for the green light, plenty of CS:GO fans are excited about the possible changes.
The Brazilian all-star lineup of Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Fernando “fer” Alvarenga, Marcelo “coldzera” David, Epitácio “TACO” de Melo, and Ricardo “boltz” Prass are considered the best CS:GO team in the world after winning over 6 majors in 2017. But their contracts with SK nears expiration and apparently, both sides are considering the move to Immortals. Allegedly, the Brazilians are not happy with the management along with a dissatisfied relationship with the team owners. On the other hand, SK’s management wants to let the team go because of “conflicting investments in CS:GO” and are doubtful of making a profit in esports.
SK Gaming is owned by ESForce, who also manages Virtus.Pro and were former owners of Natus Vincere. Furthermore, ESForce was bought out by Russian internet company, Mail.Ru. Na’Vi decided to cut its ties with its parent company due to a World eSports Association (WESA) ruling that prohibits multi-team ownership. In which, this might be the reasonESForce lwNA towards dropping SK’s roster, to reduce their stake and liability. But, the tech company leaves unanswered questions after their decision to drop a successful CS:GO team while retaining an underperforming VP roster.
Immortals ended the year 2017 pretty rough. The team became inactive with not having a full roster since December 2017 after their lineup of Brazilians LUCAS1, fnx, and HEN1 was bought out by 100 Thieves, reuniting the former teammate, kNg. Additionally, the organization forfeited all of its future games back in November. If the deal pushes through, we can expect a full-blown and all-star Brazilian roster in Immortals.
What’s next with SK?
SK Gaming competed at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston and ended the tournament on a good note after getting taken down by eventual champion, Cloud9 during the semifinal round of the tournament. Finally, SK is invited to the StarLadder i-League Season 4, a premier tournament with a $300,000 prize pool this coming February. But, will we see the Brazilians play in this tournament or is Boston the last place we’ll see them play wearing the SK Gaming badge?