Former NRG trio Fatih "gob b" Dayik, Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, and Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz have announced that they have created a new team called BIG.
The future of the German trio was up in the air after they were released by NRG Esports, who decided to take a new route and build a squad featuring players from North America only.
After the disappointing stint across the Atlantic in which success was extremely hard to come by, the trio returned to Germany and bought Johannes "nex" Maget and Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus out of their contract with mousesports and ALTERNATE, respectively.
gob b and tabseN create new German team
Instead of joining an organisation, the team has decided to create its own brand called BIG, becoming the latest case of a player-owned organisation in the Counter-Strike scene.
"After our 1-year stint with NRG in North America, Johannes (tabseN), Niko (Legija) and I decided to return to Germany and together create a German team that we've been dreaming about," Fatih "gob b" Dayik said in a statement.
"We always had this roster in mind, that's why we decided to pay the buyout fee for Joe (nex) from mousesports and Kevin (keev) from ALTERNATE.
"We would like to thank both organisations for a fair buyout offer and fast communication. For now we'll be focusing on playing and adjusting to the new situation.
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The team has secured a spot in the closed qualifier for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, in which it will face mousesports in the opening round, on January 9.
BIG have the following roster: