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Stepping Back - We Wave Goodbye to our Overwatch Roster

Overwatch has been a big part of our lives for a while now. Back when the game was still only emerging, we were already taking huge strides towards competing on an international scale. It wasn’t until July 2016 though when things really started to come together.

Seven new faces came to the roster and took little time to cement itself within the scene, securing a podium at Gamescom within the first month of being together. We had a lot to shout about, and with the competitive scene continuing to develop, this became the Fnatic team that we knew we wanted to support in conquering North America.

For a number of reasons though, we have taken the decision to release our current roster. It is important to note that we’re not closing the door on Overwatch - we still think it’s an awesome game; one that we hope will grow and thrive in the many years to come. At this point though, we feel it’s best that Fnatic take a step back to evaluate the game as a competitive title and give ourselves a healthy amount of time to explore our options.

What we can say though is that Vonethil will stay with the organisation. He’ll be working with us as a streamer, and working hard to produce some great OW content in the months to come.

Vonethil remains with Fnatic.

Finally, we want to extend sincere thanks to the whole team. To Custa, Buds, Coolmatt69, Stoop, Hafficool, Realzx and Roflgator - we are so grateful for the time we spent together, and incredibly proud of how far we came in the last year. From our first podium at Gamescom, to semi final places at the Overwatch Open and MLG Vegas, for such a long stretch we were competing for the mantle of best western team. Our proudest moment came when at DreamHack Winter when we only narrowly missed out on the tournament win, being edged out in the end in a 3-2 thriller.

Each of these players are more than capable of reaching the top and we really hope we see them make it. Fnatic wishes everyone the very best of luck with their future careers.

"It's been amazing to work with Fnatic over the past year. It's disappointing for us to have to go our own ways, but in the end it was best for both parties moving forward. I want to thank them for everything they've helped us achieve, and hope to see them in OWL in the future." - Scott 'Custa' Kennedy

"It's really unfortunate that things had to end this way, fnatic is a huge org and I felt honored to represent them all over the world. This isn't the last you will hear of any of us, we will work hard to get into the overwatch league and become the team we know we can be." - Robert 'Roflgator' Malecki

“Although I only joined prior to OGN APEX2, I enjoyed every second working with the players. I would like to thank them for being some of the most amazing people I have ever worked with. All of the players should be extremely proud of what they have been able to accomplish, and I wish all the players and staff nothing but the best in the future.” - Chul Jung (Team Manager)

“I speak for our entire organisation when I say that we are extremely big fans of Overwatch as a title and we are proud of what we have accomplished with our first steps into this amazing game and community. I would like to use this moment to thank all players and staff for all your hard work and contributions to our organisations, it’s been nothing but a pleasure working with you!” - Patrik 'cArn' Sattermon