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SK Gaming have announced the addition of an American Counter-Strike division to the organisation.
Reports of an American SK team had been around for some time, after former SK female player Alice "ali" Lew and a handful of other American players signed up on the ESEA website as "SK Female US" shortly before the New Year.
Lew, who became a free agent following the disbandment of SK's female team last month, is joined by ex-Turmoil duo Ben "ben" Hui and Joe "perez" Perez.
Ryan "NineSpot" Bell, who was last seen at compLexity, and Tyler "willsoN" Willson, who has played for the likes of Loaded and Frag Dominant in the past, make up the rest of the roster, with Derrick "impulsive" Truong joining in as backup.
"I can already see us playing as much or even more than other top American teams at the moment," Lew told SK Gaming's website.
"We know that we have something to prove - so that only gives us more motivation to practice harder. Stakes are just that much higher for us because of this sponsorship.
"We know that this may bring either a bunch of support/excitement and/or controversy/criticism. Let's just hope that we'll be able to shut them up."
SK Gaming's American team, who will be competing in the upcoming ESEA-Open season, have:
Alice "ali" Lew
Ben "ben" Hui
Joe "perez" Perez
Ryan "NineSpot" Bell
Tyler "willsoN" Willson
Derrick "impulsive" Truong (backup)
Perez- Haven't seen him do anything since CAL-I although even then he was a pretty good player. He had 2 4Ks against EG.CA that year (2008).
Ninespot-has held his own internationally
Wilson- Used to be good. Don't know about now.
Ali-haven't seen her outside of female gaming
The point is that they all used to be good when there were ALOT of great CS competition. Maybe with GFN coaching them they could turn out to surprise you like winout did last season? I would not count them out for sure.
The point is that they could probably take TEG easily.
In regards to SK sponsoring them, I doubt its a serious sponsorship involving trips/salary. In my opinion, I think they were sponsored so that SK could still be relevent overseas as North American is still considered an untapped market for European companies which is why SK did not choose to sponsor a top team competing in invite.
Post edited 2011-01-17 08:08:44
gl guys :D
Post edited 2011-01-16 21:32:22
all i know that guys is a synonym for boys
Girls = Gals
Girls= who the fuck cares, get back to the kitchen
btw, this team probably wont last a month.
anyway gl ali
Post edited 2011-01-16 21:41:42
CS Open (Central)
Post edited 2011-01-16 21:45:29
And start as in OPEN, not matches
You edited your post and tried to be a dickhead, yet you failed and looked like a moron
Post edited 2011-01-16 21:47:23
Looks funny for me, IMO
its no different to females in the military or females in any other working environment. and its not a competition for physical prowess (cuz lets face it msot cs guys couldnt manage 10 pressups)so thats not an issue. i feel sorry for any woman that ever dates you.
SK could have made a HUGE move by forming a really top team to compete with EG in the US, but this team is just not at that level whatsoever...
yes there aren't a lot of players to choose from now that the US scene is diluted, but with some push and iniative an organization such as SK could have easily enticed some former top players to return or something...
would have been amazing to have a real SK/EG rivalry in America...
Post edited 2011-01-16 22:05:12
Most of these players are highly skilled but have been out of cs / pugging for atleast a year now.. Why wouldnt SK sponsor one of the good up and coming teams that are actually in invite? Unless they're not actually putting any money into it and ali convinced them to let her use the name..?
With this family impossible to live in CIS countries ))
goodfornothing, mehLer, impulsive, ben & Ninespot!
Rambo, thomZ, sgares, +2
Post edited 2011-01-17 00:21:26
Post edited 2011-01-17 01:34:53
Post edited 2011-01-17 05:17:49
gl dudes & betty
Better than anyother girl. Not bein a "fanboy" Just telling you the truth. I know her i shes been playing this game for 9 years.
WOULD BE 10,000 TIMES BETTER!
Americans can buy t-shirts an other stuff from SK site.You think their money isnt good ?
But good luck.
Oh , and TeG sucks.Most of romanian teams suck.Cs just isnt sponsored enough in this country.
True , you shouldnt judge a country because of a game.
and romania is just cheaters :|
But Perez is a very underrated US player and probably has played ESEA-I recently. He always seems to be the "backup", ringer, replacement, ect. But when he plays he normally produces. But I haven't seen the rest of them play in a while so they might be rusty.