Echo Fox have announced their expansion into Counter-Strike with the signing of the team known as Torqued.
Founded by former Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics small forward Rick Fox, Echo Fox made a splash in the League of Legends scene only last month when they acquired Gravity Gaming's spot in North American LCS for a fee believed to be in the region of $1 million.
The organisation have now taken the first step in expanding into other established esports scenes by signing the Counter-Strike team known as Torqued, who competed last weekend in the MLG Columbus 2016 Last Chance pre-qualifier, finishing 5th-8th following a 1-2 defeat to Games Academy in the quarter-finals.
sgares and mOE team up in Echo Fox
Led by Sean "seang@res" Gares, who returns to activity just two months after stepping down from Cloud9, and by Mohamad "mOE" Assad, the team also feature Trey "tck" Martin, Armeen "a2z" Toussi and Ronnie "ryx" Bylicki, three other well-known figures in the North American scene.
And despite being a relatively new team and with no achievements to their name, Echo Fox have secured an invitation to compete in ELEAGUE, says Rick Fox.
"My vision for Echo Fox has always been much larger than League of Legends," Rick Fox told ESPN. "League is clearly a key component and a great starting point as the most played PC game in the world, but I am building what I intend to be the preeminent eSports empire."
"Given my desire to have one of the leading franchises in [Turner's] ELEAGUE, I have spent the past several months putting together the best team possible.
"The team we signed is lead by some of the top players in the game. m0E is a household name in the CS:GO community and has over 500,000 followers on Twitch. sgares lead his team to a first place finish in the IBuyPower Cup last year and was rated as the best in game leader in North America.
"I know these two, as well as the others, were all being courted by other top teams. We are excited to have them as part of the Echo Fox family and expect to do big things together."
Echo Fox's team consist of: