Update 01/14/17 14:00: Team SoloMid have confirmed this report, and that the ESL Pro League spot will be transferred with the players to their new organisation.
One of the biggest brands in North American esports is reportedly parting ways with the remainder of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
According to a report Slingshot Esports, Team SoloMid will be releasing Hunter “SicK” Mims, Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver and Shahzeb “ShahZam” Khan imminently.
The roster has allegedly expressed its desire to compete with its former in-game leader Sean Gares, who was removed from the team on Dec. 22.
The reason behind Gares’ removal stemmed from his participation in a public letter which criticized the, since defunct, Professional Eports Association (PEA) league, which TSM co-owned along with seven other North American esports franchises. Seangares was removed from the team one day after the letter was published, after falling out with team owner Andy “Reginald “Dinh over the incident.
In the aftermath the other TSM players publicly backed Gares, with several claiming they would not play for TSM without him.
Slingshot Esports’ report names that the roster currently has two interested buyers in Dignitas and Misfits. Both organizations have recently acquired major backing from NBA teams in the shape of Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat respectively.
Dignitas in particular have expressed its desire to recruit a full North American CS:GO line-up, following the departure of its previous Danish roster.