Immortals has made its return to the Counter-Strike scene with some big money moves involving popular brands in CS:GO and the social media sphere.
The organization has finally announced the arrival of SK Gaming’s Brazilian-majority team, who’ll be representing the newly-acquired Made in Brazil (MIBR) brand. Every member of SK’s team will be competing under the MIBR brand, including Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Marcelo “coldzera” David, Fernando “fer” Alvarenga, Ricardo “boltz” Prass, Jake “Stewie2k” Yip, and coach Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia.
Additionally, Immortals general manager Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen will be joining the new MIBR roster at their team house in Los Angeles where they’ll be preparing for their next event, ESL One Cologne. It’s the next big tournament in the international CS:GO circuit, with 16 teams competing from July 3 to 8 at the Lanxess Arena in Germany.
In addition to its roster signing, Immortals has brought on Tinder and Betway as its newest sponsors for MIBR, alongside MIBR’s current sponsors Razer, Mountain Dew, and K-Swiss. Tinder, an app for meeting people, will soon be doing esports-related giveaways to users who subscribe to its Plus and new Gold services, such as access to exclusive events related to MIBR.
The core trio of FalleN, coldzera, and fer were a part of SK’s success over the past few years, especially in 2017 when they won eight international championships. These two-time Major winners are joined by North American talent Stewie2k, who also won the last Valve Major at ELEAGUE Boston in January.
The team’s transition to Immortals should be a smooth one, considering Immortals housed Brazilian talent over the past two years. Immortals’ last notable placement in CS:GO was at the PGL Krakow Major last July, before its roster fell apart due to player behavior. The organization’s return to the game follows an approximate six-month hiatus from the world scene.
“Brazil is incredibly passionate about esports, and this acquisition allows us to foster further esports growth in what we believe is still a relatively untapped market in Brazil and throughout South America,” Immortals and MIBR CEO Noah Whinston said in the organization’s press release. “The MIBR brand creates a direct link to Brazil’s national pride and sports and entertainment culture. We are eager to invest in the Brazilian esports scene and to create a platform for the region’s amazing professional esports talent to continue to excel and dominate.”