The organization announced the decision Sunday, hours before ESPN reported two Rogue players — Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson and Terence “SoOn” Tarlier — would sign with Immortals’ Overwatch League team.
“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,” Rogue’s announcement read. “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.”
The remaining players — Dylan “aKm” Bignet, Michaël “winz” Bignet, Nicolas “NiCO” Moret, and Jean-Louis “KnOxXx” Boyer — will also seek Overwatch League teams, according to the release, but the transfer window for Season 1 ends Oct. 30.
Rogue was widely considered the best North American team and among the best in the world during its peak last year. Rogue won the APAC Premier and the ESL Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom last year while also finishing 5-8th in Season 1 of OGN APEX. The team’s latest notable win this year was Overwatch TaKeOver 2 in June.