North sign Academy team
North have founded an academy team with the ambition of finding and developing talented players.
F.C. Copenhagen, one of the most famous Danish football clubs, entered the CS scene at the start of 2017 when they acquired the ex-dignitas players, featuring Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen & company. The name of the team was revealed as North.
North Academy will be at CPH Games
Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand and Daniel "mertz" Mertz, who recently left eFuture's Danish team, will be joined by ex-Rogue player Nicolai "glace" Jensen, and by former Singularity man Nicklas "gade" Gade.
"We are extremely happy to become a part of the biggest esports-project in Scandinavia," said North Academy player LOMME.
"It provides us with the opportunity to practice daily from Telia Parken and create a more professionalized environment in which to perform.
"Going full time means that we will be able to focus one hundred percent on improving, especially with the help from the North back office. We cannot wait to represent North Academy at Copenhagen Games and we are hoping for a lot of support out there."
Alexander "ave" Holdt, who enjoyed success during his time as the ingame leader of NoA/mTw between 2006 and 2011, has been brought in as a coach to help guide the team to success .
"A part of our vision for North and the future of esports, is to professionalize talent development," said Jacob Toft-Andersen, Chief Gaming Officer of North.
"It is with that purpose in mind that we have decided to create North Academy, so we are able to turn the players with the highest potential into future superstars and create results in the long run.
"I am extremely happy that we managed to secure a highly courted team, and I feel like we have a perfect balance of experience and raw talent. On top of that I am thrilled with the acquisition of ave as coach, and I am sure it is only a matter of time before North Academy is challenging for Top 5 in Denmark."
Here is the roster of North Academy:
Alexander "ave" Holdt - Coach
North Academy will compete in the Copenhagen Games 2017 BYOC Qualifier on April 13 for the chance to win one of the eight spots in the $54,000 main competition. They are in Group C with Red Reserve, Just.MSI, and BERIH. The full group draw can be found here.