The Counter-Strike players from the Fnatic Academy team will play under the Ballistix banner for one weekend.
Fnatic and Ballistix, one of its sponsors, announced Monday the memory storage company will overtake operations for the former Fnatic Academy team to play in the PGL European Minor.
“We’re grateful and excited that our awesome partner Ballistix has decided to support our CS:GO Academy at the Minor,” Patrik “cArn” Satternom, Fnatic’s chief gaming officer, said in a release. “We’ll be cheering them on all the way and hope to see the team make it through to Poland.”
Fnatic announced last month it planned to sell its academy team amid the changing rules of owning multiple teams. The ESL recently outlawed academy organizations from competing at the same events as their parent teams. The topic also came up in this Major qualification cycle, as Team Spirit and Spirit’s academy team qualified for the CIS Minor. PGL ruled both teams could play as long as the academy team differentiated its jerseys and branding. For what it’s worth, Spirit did not end up playing its academy team in the CIS Minor, and neither team reached the offline Major Qualifier.
Fnatic, already qualified for the PGL Major, will not attend this event, but it’s possible this move was done to adhere to the same qualifications PGL gave Spirit. Fnatic will likely resume its attempt to sell the academy team after the Minor, which begins Thursday.