“What Laser Kittenz were able to do in Season Zero grabbed everyone’s attention, myself included,” Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement. “From top to bottom, the organization proved themselves committed to competition, devoting their talent and time to earning their place in Season One. I’m excited to welcome them to the Cloud9 family and we’re all looking forward to adding to their already long list of accomplishments.”
The announcement comes a few days after Cloud9 was announced as the London franchise for Blizzard’s Overwatch League. There was some ambiguity with the announcement, though. Cloud9’s North American roster is still listed on the team’s website, and the organization made no mention of it in this announcement. Likewise, Ali “Alicus” Saba, manager for the new Overwatch team, said in a statement that he’s looking forward to trying to win Overwatch League, making it seem as if that would be Cloud9’s Overwatch League roster.
“I’m happy to be able to fully focus on equipping us with the best possible chance at winning Overwatch League, and the road starts now with Contenders,” Alicus said in the statement. “Representing London is a dream come true and marks my return to the UK scene.”
Overwatch Contenders, where Laser Kittenz impressed in Season Zero, is billed as a development ground for Overwatch League, but there’s no process for teams in Contenders to reach the main league. At this point, it’s unclear who will be on Cloud9’s Overwatch League team or what will happen to its current North American roster.