Gamers2 have announced that they have completed the signing of the former ESC Gaming CS:GO squad.
The Polish team announced earlier in the month that they had parted ways with ESC Gaming after receiving a better offer from another organisation, which, according to Paweł "innocent" Mocek, represented "a huge challenge" for the players.
The deal appeared to be dead in the water last week after the players were banned by Valve following a suspected involvement in a match-fixing case.
Just 24 hours later, however, the team's ban was revoked and they were invited back to the offline qualifier for ESL One Katowice, which will take place this weekend.
Polish team join Gamers2
The team have now received a massive boost ahead of the Polish event as they have been recruited by Spanish organisation Gamers2, founded by Carlos "Ocelote" Rodriguez, a well-known figure in the League of Legends scene.
"After looking for opportunities in the CS:GO scene for several months, trying to find the best fit for our club, we finally found the players that match our philosophy the most," Rodríguez said.
"During the time of this search, we had the chance to sign other top-tier teams, but it did not feel right, since our focus was on achieving long-term goals.
"When the match-fixing drama with the team came to light, we knew that these players were not guilty, so we decided to take action.
"Not thinking about what could happen afterwards and having only these guys’ careers as our focus, we spent day and night in talks with every company involved in this decision to prove that none of these players were EVER involved in any wrongdoing regarding bets throughout their careers.
"With the positive outcome and the amazing vibes these players have given us, we knew that this was the team we were looking for.
"It was the players’ intention to become full-time gamers, and we thought this was a great opportunity to make their dreams come true. We are eager to work alongside them."
Team captain innocent also commented on the news, saying:
"We are proud to announce that, from this day, we will represent Gamers2.
"We are really excited, because we always dreamed about the possibility of playing CS full-time and treating our passion as a job, too. Our motivation is sky high and we are ready to become an excellent team.
"Gamers2 is the best choice that we could have made. Even though they could have cut us off after our ban affair, they helped us a lot, and I think we would not have made it without their magnificent work.
"We would like to thank Gamers2 for trusting us and giving us the opportunity to attend every possible event and let us prove what we are capable of. 2015 is going to be a huge year for Counter-Strike, and we cannot wait to compete under Gamers2’s flag."
Gamers2 have been drawn in Group A in the ESL One Katowice offline qualifier and will take on North American side CLG in the first round of the tournament. The team's line-up is the following: