smooya leaves Movistar Riders*

The 22-year old British AWPer is now a free agent after eight months with the Spanish organization.

*Update: Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes has also been released from his contract with Movistar Riders. The Brazilian in-game leader spent almost two years with the team since joining in October 2019 and was moved to the bench in July.

Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield has left Movistar Riders and is now a free agent, the player announced on Twitter. The young AWPer has been released from his contract with the organization after spending two months on the bench following the team's decision to return to a fully Spanish roster in August.

Butterfield revealed that he will consider offers for both North American and European teams as well as opportunities in VALORANT.

smooya is now a free agent

smooya performed well for Movistar Riders, accumulating a 1.25 rating during the six months he spent on the main roster before being moved to the bench to make space for the new signings.

Despite his performances in the squad, Movistar Riders's results have improved since smooya's benching, even managing to qualify for the PGL Major in Stockholm after placing fifth at IEM Fall Europe.

"Today I'm being released from my Movistar contract making me a unrestricted Free Agent. Thank you so so much to @Movistar_Riders for our time together and taking this step to help progress my career. I will forever be in debt to you," smooya said on Twitter.

"For myself this means I'm now a Free Agent and will be open to all offers coming from EU/NA for both CSGO & Valorant," he continued.

Most recently, smooya stood-in for fnatic during the IEM Winter 2021 open qualifiers as the Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin-led team explore their options after moving Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson to the bench.

Movistar Riders are now:

Spain Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano
Spain Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet
Spain Raúl "⁠DeathZz⁠" Jordán Nieto
Spain Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia
Spain David "⁠dav1g⁠" Granado Bermudo

Spain Galder "⁠bladE⁠" Barcena (coach)

Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Spain David 'dav1g' Granado Bermudo
David 'dav1g' Granado Bermudo
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
153
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.67
Spain Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Raúl 'DeathZz' Jordán Nieto
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
390
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
147
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1015
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1416
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
742
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1059
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
smooya to fnatic would be really optimal now
2021-10-15 12:45
8 replies
#67
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Sweden flippig
no
2021-10-15 13:28
3 replies
#71
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Finland Cucumber))
ok enjoy regali
2021-10-15 13:29
1 reply
smooya should join a better team with a future
2021-10-15 21:25
well this came back to bite u didnt it?
2021-10-16 11:55
#95
allu | 
Europe JUNlOR
it happen'd mens))
2021-10-15 14:02
1 reply
#97
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Finland Cucumber))
let's goooo
2021-10-15 14:04
200 iq
2021-10-15 14:04
500IQ
2021-10-15 14:18
wish him best of luck
2021-10-15 12:45
#3
NAF | 
North America tpsa
GL
2021-10-15 12:45
#4
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France Anthoine
regali>smooya
2021-10-15 12:45
4 replies
Brain dead? Smooya is smurfing in tier 2
2021-10-15 12:54
#39
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North America go1x1n00b
smooya>everyone
2021-10-15 13:00
#69
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Sweden flippig
+1
2021-10-15 13:28
logout rn
2021-10-15 15:29
no shit sherlock
2021-10-15 12:45
1 reply
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk +1
2021-10-15 13:54
#7
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Russia ToughGuy
if i'm g2 i sign this guy and kick amanek after major
2021-10-15 12:46
11 replies
Too late fnatic gonna insta sign him, just wait till end of the day/tomorrow
2021-10-15 12:49
8 replies
I don't think so. If am not mistaken they're getting their Fnatic Academy AWPer roster.
2021-10-15 13:06
4 replies
:D
2021-10-15 14:09
3 replies
I am actually happy that I was wrong. LFG SMOOYA! I read it somewhere that Fnatic was getting the Academy player instead of Smooya.
2021-10-15 14:23
2 replies
yup, but lets go Smoooooooooooooooyaaaaaaaaa
2021-10-15 15:29
1 reply
+1
2021-10-15 15:39
i heard regalli to fnatic ??
2021-10-15 13:06
2 replies
If so then it's an ok move but not great. Idk if smooya is still toxic and that's why they don't get him, but if he can keep his performance in tier 1 he can be a top 10 player (also he's more proven than regali)
2021-10-15 13:44
I heard smooya to fnatic?
2021-10-15 14:09
Honestly I don't think it's a good idea to put smooya and Niko on the same team.
2021-10-15 13:19
1 reply
#129
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North America 007DBR9
would be hilarious
2021-10-16 10:22
If his attitude has improved, he can be a tier 1 Awper. Fnatic might be interested, also G2 could work
2021-10-15 12:46
#9
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Europe GKDNZ
cool!
2021-10-15 12:46
#10
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Australia B_Tannen
Surely to fnatic.
2021-10-15 12:46
5 replies
gg very close mm game!!! what are the chances of seeing eachother tho lmao
2021-10-15 13:41
4 replies
#102
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Australia B_Tannen
Yeah great work valve. GG lol.
2021-10-15 14:13
1 reply
ggs
2021-10-16 01:48
Yo le noob, I am somehow not on the Men's list(((( how rude
2021-10-15 15:56
1 reply
wtf men i will put you on how are you diplo
2021-10-16 01:48
#11
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Nepal dexzzz
pls no fnatic
2021-10-15 12:46
#12
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United Kingdom tr@c
@cArn 👀
2021-10-15 12:47
#13
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Estonia E$t0
g2 smooya inc
2021-10-15 12:47
1 reply
smooya and NiKo tk each other every map
2021-10-15 13:47
rip bozo u wont be missed
2021-10-15 12:47
POG
2021-10-15 12:47
#16
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Asia M@GNU5
smoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooya
2021-10-15 12:47
? LMAO
2021-10-15 12:47
FNATIC PLS SIGN FRULL UK ROTER WITH ALEX MEZZI THERE ADDING SMOOYA OR MANTU AND ONE FROM ENDPOINT AS PER THE ROLE LEFT
2021-10-15 12:48
3 replies
#22
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Germany Jonaah
two main awpers?
2021-10-15 12:50
brollan is on 4 year deal won't happen
2021-10-15 12:51
Why would they kick Brollan and Krimz? They're huge players and Brollans 4 year contract would pretty much bankrupt Fnatic to release him if they buy a new player alongside it. Do you realise how absurdly much money a player like Mantuu would cost to buy?
2021-10-15 13:16
#19
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Spain BlaNcoW
Steel is also free agent now
2021-10-15 12:49
smooya joins fnatic
2021-10-15 12:50
PauseChamp
2021-10-15 12:51
#28
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Italy Skye620
Surely fnatic signs smooya
2021-10-15 12:52
#31
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Czech Republic forseti12
Hopefully he won't go to Valorant...
2021-10-15 12:54
22 meanwhile he gets a men mens good luck
2021-10-15 12:55
#35
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Australia Aquaaa
Movistar dumb?
2021-10-15 12:55
2 replies
No, going full Spanish is a good move. SunPayus isn't as good as smooya yet but he makes up for it by speaking Spanish.
2021-10-15 12:59
1 reply
think he's not that far from smooya tbh. Give him some more time and he'll surpass him for sure
2021-10-15 13:34
#36
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Latvia YungPan666
rip moviestar
2021-10-15 12:57
1 reply
I think you haven't been following cs lately.
2021-10-15 13:46
#37
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North America go1x1n00b
fnatic sign this guy now and sent regali back to kindergarten
2021-10-15 12:57
G2, go fast before fnatic or mouz sign him. This is your chance for consistency.
2021-10-15 13:00
ALWAYS PROBLEM WHIT THE Rasist kid
2021-10-15 13:00
#42
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Norway 2kayn
Go valorant toxic
2021-10-15 13:00
#43
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Cyprus shmoe
FNC smooya confirmed. check hltv
2021-10-15 13:02
I wish him all the best. CS needs such players like him who are not afraid to show emotions and actually behave like human beings with all their flaws.
2021-10-15 13:04
Please don't go to Valorant
2021-10-15 13:07
Please save Fnatic or Endpoint !!
2021-10-15 13:13
Every team kicks him out
2021-10-15 13:12
pls save Fnatic smooya dont go to valorant
2021-10-15 13:12
sad if he goes to valorant
2021-10-15 13:15
#56
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Azerbaijan djwanksta
Wtf he's only 22, damn he has plenty of time left
2021-10-15 13:15
too bad his toxic and noone wants to play with him, great player tho.
2021-10-15 13:16
Riders released both smooya and steel, why does this article only focus on smooya? lol Rizzolini you fucked it up pretty badly. You also said in the article that seel is on the bench which is false. Just go to the Movistar Riders twitter and you will see the announcement. twitter.com/Movistar_Riders/status/14489.. Delete this article and create a new one: Movistar Riders release steel and smooya
2021-10-15 13:26
4 replies
lmao who the fuck is steel :D
2021-10-15 13:54
3 replies
#92
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
retired NA streamer
2021-10-15 13:56
2 replies
Wrong Steel my guy...
2021-10-15 15:27
1 reply
#115
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
no, i know steel he's from canadia dude
2021-10-15 15:29
#63
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France Uexo
nice stay in cs plz you're dope
2021-10-15 13:21
expected
2021-10-15 13:27
smooya top 10 t1 awpers rn
2021-10-15 13:28
#74
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Poland sznycel901
pog
2021-10-15 13:34
actually -acor +smooya would be sick
2021-10-15 13:35
time for tier 1 now:)?
2021-10-15 13:38
1 reply
hopefully , the guy deserves it more than anyone!
2021-10-15 13:54
#85
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Sweden AllHS
fnatic signing confirmed*
2021-10-15 13:48
1 reply
#87
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CIS elefiveS
Fnatic Smooya hltv confirmed
2021-10-15 13:52
- acoR + smooya please
2021-10-15 14:03
Fnatic going to be a banger team with smooya no doubts
2021-10-15 14:33
YEP
2021-10-15 14:58
GL steelenda <3
2021-10-15 15:01
Valorant? This guy must be kidding
2021-10-15 15:02
#110
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Denmark Danny D3
Nice of Movistar Riders to get those contracts out of the way so they can find new homes quickly, especially Smooya who now has a big role to fill in fnatic.
2021-10-15 15:07
Steel to 00Nation. Watch it happen.
2021-10-15 15:08
Now Movistars so bad :(
2021-10-15 15:14
#118
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Finland AliSabid
Oof
2021-10-15 15:45
for how many months will he stay in this team? usually is 3-4 months so is he going to break that record in a positive way or in a bad way? my bet is less than 3 months. tier 4/5 smurf toxic.
2021-10-15 17:40
I mean we are already on a dank ass timeline so maybe it is time for smooya to get another big chance in t1/t2
2021-10-15 17:47
#122
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Poland SebL
I wanted to write that he is an insane player and he won't have to wait long for a chance, but at the time that I'm writing this he is already on trial in fnatic :) He is an AWPer that def. has potential to be a TOP 20 player in the world, he can't fuck this up this time again, I believe in him, GL smooya!
2021-10-15 19:28
nice
2021-10-15 21:21
good fit for Valorant. They can have him with my blessing.
2021-10-16 02:24
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