— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) July 28, 2017
The team, formerly known as The Muffin Men, was formed by the three members who broke away from their former team, Iris, in May. Since then, the North American Rocket League team has enjoyed great success, winning multiple weekly tournaments as well as some minor ones. Muffin Men most recently DreamHack Atlanta over the weekend.
The move also marks the first venture into Rocket League for Cloud9, a multi-game organization that owns 10 teams including League of Legends, Counter-Strike and Overwatch. Cloud9 most recently signed Team NP in Dota 2 last week, which will compete in The International 7.
“Over the last two years, Rocket League has stormed onto the scene as a fun, accessible esport for everyone,” Cloud9 general manager Danan Flander said in a statement. “We began talks with The Muffin Men before this last DreamHack, and their stellar performance solidified our interest. Happy to have them on board as yet another top team on Cloud9.”
Rocket League has become increasingly popular as an esport, an the mainstream is taking notice. Most notably is a $100,000 tournament organized by NBC Sports and FaceIt.