SK Gaming have announced the addition of an American Counter-Strike division to the organisation.
Reports of an American SK team had been around for some time, after former SK female player Alice "ali" Lew and a handful of other American players signed up on the ESEA website as "SK Female US" shortly before the New Year.
Lew, who became a free agent following the disbandment of SK's female team last month, is joined by ex-Turmoil duo Ben "ben" Hui and Joe "perez" Perez.
Ryan "NineSpot" Bell, who was last seen at compLexity, and Tyler "willsoN" Willson, who has played for the likes of Loaded and Frag Dominant in the past, make up the rest of the roster, with Derrick "impulsive" Truong joining in as backup.
"I can already see us playing as much or even more than other top American teams at the moment," Lew told SK Gaming's website.
"We know that we have something to prove - so that only gives us more motivation to practice harder. Stakes are just that much higher for us because of this sponsorship.
"We know that this may bring either a bunch of support/excitement and/or controversy/criticism. Let's just hope that we'll be able to shut them up."
SK Gaming's American team, who will be competing in the upcoming ESEA-Open season, have:
Alice "ali" Lew
Ben "ben" Hui
Joe "perez" Perez
Ryan "NineSpot" Bell
Tyler "willsoN" Willson
Derrick "impulsive" Truong (backup)