SK Gaming goes back to roots, picks up a 'Counter-Strike' team
The team is mostly composed of players who had been competing under the banner of Team Property from March through late May. Frank Pita, a veteran of notable Swedish teams Fnatic and Begrip, will be making his return to SK Gaming. He'll be joined by Alexander “Skytten” Carlsson, Fredrik “Roque” Honak, Mikail “Eksem” Bill and Joel “Emilio” Mako.
“It feels great to once again be back in SK Gaming,” Pita said in a statement.
“I had a great stay here last time and I’m looking forward to representing this organization and its sponsors at the best possible level.”
The SK Gaming Counter-Strike legacy is long and storied, beginning with a victory at CPL Summer 2002 and running strong for the next decade. That long run of success was marked by such renowned former players as Emil “Heaton” Christensen, Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson and Ola “Element” Moum.
Things haven’t been the same since the release of SK’s Counter-Strike 1.6 team in July of 2012. The transition from 1.6 to Global Offensive was a difficult one for SK, and the organization has not since produced another team capable of living up to the lofty standards set by their forebears.
Pita’s prior stay with SK Gaming ended earlier in the year with the organization deciding to temporarily step away from Counter-Strike after the team showed a series of lackluster results including a winless appearance at DreamHack Winter.
The Property team, for which four of SK’s five new players previously competed, hadn’t performed much better during the spring season. Their most notable event was the Copenhagen Games in April, where they played against many of Europe's best teams. The squad failed to make the quarter finals there, losing to LGB (now Team Global) in the round of 16 and finishing 9th-16th.
The new Global Offensive team is already set to compete at DreamHack Summer on June 14 in Jonkoping, Sweden, and has promised to pursue other competitions as well.
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