The Overwatch League has left behind a gruesome trail of broken rosters and dreams for numerous esports organizations. However, Rogue is not just another addition to the ever-growing pile of corpses. It is one of the most accomplished teams in Overwatch and unlike the rest, actually did raise funds to meet the excessively high buy-in cost for the Overwatch League.
For unknown reasons, Rogue was still denied a slot by Blizzard. It then reportedly tried to sell its roster but was unable to do so. Hence, the organization was left with no other choice but to release all of its players and wash its hands off the game.
“We did everything we could to get the team a spot in OWL, including procuring the buy-in money and going through the whole approval process,” an official statement reads. “Unfortunately, we were not accepted for Season 1 and had no option but to break up the most accomplished Overwatch team in the game’s history so that the players could accept offers.”
According to a report from ESPN, Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson and Terence “SoOn” Tarlier have already been picked up by Immortals for its Los Angeles-based team. It is unknown if the two former players of Rogue will be filling in as substitutes or star in the starting roster when the Overwatch League finally kicks off next year.
Dylan “aKm” Bignet, Michaël “winz” Bignet, Nicolas “NiCO” Moret, and Jean-Louis “KnOxXx” Boyer are still free agents and trying to find new homes before the signing period ends at the end of the month.
“We will continue to pursue putting together more great teams in the future and hope next time to be able to keep what we’ve worked so hard to build,” Rogue concluded bitterly.
The Overwatch League is scheduled to begin its first season in January, with a pre-season set for December.