Immortals have formally announced that they have acquired the iconic Made in Brazil brand, which will be represented by the former SK Gaming players.
The announcement finally ends months of speculation about the future of the Brazilian players, whose contracts with SK were due to expire at the end of the month.
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's troops switch organisations just two years after joining SK Gaming from Luminosity. During their time under the German organisation, the team won several international titles, most notably the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major, and spent several months at the top of the world ranking.
The team's unveiling took place at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo, as part of an event celebrating the re-launch of the iconic MIBR brand.
Founded in 2003 by Paulo Velloso, Rafael "pred" Velloso's father, Made in Brazil were one of the most successful esports organisations in the early 2000s. Home to world-class players like Raphael "cogu" Camargo, Carlos "KIKOOOO" Henrique Segal and Lincoln "fnx" Lau, MIBR have several international titles to their name, including ESWC 2006, shgOpen and DreamHack Winter 2007.
“Brazil is incredibly passionate about esports, and this acquisition allows us to foster further esports growth in what we believe is still a relatively untapped market in Brazil and throughout South America," Immortals and MIBR CEO Noah Whinston said in a statement.
"The MIBR brand creates a direct link to Brazil’s national pride and sports and entertainment culture.
"We are eager to invest in the Brazilian esports scene and to create a platform for the region’s amazing professional esports talent to continue to excel and dominate.”
The Brazilian team's first appearance under MIBR will be at ESL One Cologne, taking place from July 3-8 at the Lanxess-Arena.
Immortals have also announced a partnership with popular social app Tinder, allowing premium subscribers to receive special offers, including limited edition merchandise, opportunities to meet the team around the world and access to exclusive VIP afterparties after big events.
"We know that gaming is a passion among many of our users all over the world, and we are excited to be the first dating app to enter the esports space with Immortals as our partner,” said Levi Nitzberg, Director of Global Business Development at Tinder.
"Tinder’s global presence and highly engaged user base provides us with a unique platform which, just like esports, brings millions of people together to connect over shared interests."
MIBR's roster looks as follows:
Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia (coach)
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