New England Whalers set to release team
The roster, which currently resides at No. 31 in the world rankings, will not be re-signed by their organisation due to the "ongoing strain of the global pandemic" on the Whalers' parent company.
New England Whalers are set to part ways with their CS:GO roster, the organisation revealed in a press release on Sunday. The majority owner of the team, Sean Roche, determined in early November that the organisation would be unable to re-sign the team as their parent company, Greenhouse Agency, has been "severely impacted" by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Until it has completed a Series A financing round, New England Whalers will be sidelined, the organisation added.
Since signing with the organisation in January, New England Whalers have enjoyed modest success, placing second in ESEA MDL Season 35 and scoring a 2-0 victory over FURIA in IEM New York North America, a result which saw them move up to 27th in the rankings.
The release of the roster follows a dismal period for North American Counter-Strike, with 100 Thieves pulling out of the game earlier this year and a recent report from DBLTAP indicating the impending departure of the Chaos organisation.
The team will enter free agency on December 6 and are open to offers from organisations. They hold a spot in ESEA MDL Season 36 and are slated to play in DreamHack Masters Winter North America, their final event under New England Whalers.
The following members are set to enter free agency following the expiry of their contracts:
Joseph "Muenster" Lima (coach)