Giants close CS:GO division
The team around Ricardo "fox" Pacheco has been released from the Spanish organization.
Giants has closed its male CS:GO division and release the current team, the organization has announced. The Spanish side made the decision to cut the division six months after its acquisition of x6tence, who currently fields the Danish squad around Marcus "maNkz" Kjeldsen, ranked 50th in the world.
"Since the acquisition of x6tence by Good Game Group, a business group of which Giants Gaming Esports is a part, we faced a difficult dichotomy to resolve if we wanted to keep both groups in Valve's competitive circuit," the organization's statement on its website reads.
Giants has been one of the biggest names in the Iberian region for the past three and a half years in CS:GO, having first fielded Spanish-majority lineups before slowly transitioning towards a Portuguese roster from 2018 onwards.
After losing four of their members to SAW at the end of 2019, Giants' latest roster was built throughout 2020 around long-time member and leader fox. The team peaked at No. 54 in the ranking in November, shortly after qualifying for Nine to Five 6 and placing in the top eight at the main event.
Giants had the following squad:
Vasco "vsk" Santos (coach)