North American esports organization Team Dignitas has signed the entire female Counter-Strike division of Selfless Gaming to play under its banner.
Amanda “Rain” Smith, Mounira “Goosebreeder” Dobie, Carolyn “ArtStar” Noquez, Catherine “Cath” Leroux, and team captain Emmalee “Emuhleet” Garrido will begin their new journey this week at IEM Katowice, hoping to secure the Intel Challenge trophy for their new home.
Team Dignitas has been operating for over a decade but this is the first time that it has picked up a female competitive squad. According to its CEO Jonathan Kemp, the organization wasn’t really searching exclusively for a women’s team. What it was looking for was top-tier talent and the former roster of Selfless Gaming piqued their interest.
“Naturally, we support the growth of female gamers in the industry, but chiefly saw this as an opportunity to bring premier talent into our Team Dignitas family,” said Kemp in a statement.
The five-woman squad has seen some success in the past; placing second at the Esports World Convention last year, and first at the Copenhagen Games Female Tournament in 2015 when the girls were part of Team Karma.
Following IEM Katowice, the roster will head to Philadelphia in June to play Fragadelphia 11, a semi-professional North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. This is a key opportunity for the women to redeem themselves. At Fragadelphia 9 last year, they finished 7-8th.
“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 Dignitas president Michael O’Dell. “We look forward to working alongside them in their journey and continued development as professional gamers.”
News about the new signing arrives only a couple of months after Team Dignitas released its entire danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The squad of Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel, René “cajunb” Borg, and Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif was let go in December, and picked by F.C. Copenhagen, the most successful club in the history of Danish football.
A previous version of the article incorrectly stated that Selfless Gaming failed to place in the top 10 at Fragadelphia 9. The mistake has been amended and the article updated. Any inconvenience caused by the slip is regretted.