15th January 2021 – 4:35pm
The American esports scene welcomes a new challenger: eUnited. This professional organisation is getting started on Valorant and recruiting former players from team Serenity.
The team is made up of Eazy, Showtime and Scourge, three former Counter-Strike players. They have with them Joseph, former professional player of Fortnite and Turnup, former player of Call of Duty for eUnited. These five players have been playing together since October.
Prior to being recruited by eUnited, Serenity players won a few US tournaments, and most notably stood out in the Valorant First Strike. They won a place in the last qualifying tournament, the third week of the competition. They had however failed to break out of the group stage, defeated by Gen.G Esports and Moon Raccoon.
Matthew "Burns" Potthoff, manager of the eUnited team, made the following statement to the website TheSpike :
We've been looking at the VALORANT scene since its origin. Right now, we feel it's the perfect time to enter the VALORANT ecosystem with a full competitive schedulelaid out by Riot. The reason we selected Eazy, Showtime, Joseph, scourge, and former eUnited Cadet Turnup was due to having a former relationship with Joseph and feeling an immense amount of synergy on the first few calls we had with this specific team.
When recruiting teams, we assess competitive drive, professionalism, transparency and passion - and this team is as prepared and eager to prove themselves as any other team we’ve signed. I'm excited for the path ahead, and ready to prove why we believe eUnited VALORANT is a special team.
eUnited is an organisation that has tried many games, with varying degrees of success. These include the World Champions of SMITE in Season 5. But when it comes to competitive FPS, the organisation has given up on them all. It had teams on Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Rainbow Six, before shutting them down one by one for the past two years. We therefore hope for their new players that the organisation has long-term projects.
The least that can be said is that the United States doesn't lack organisations to support Valorant. With so much competition, the show will inevitably be there, but there will be many disappointed.