Esports keeps growing at a crazy fast pace! This time around it’s the famous Danish football club F.C. Copenhagen that has taken another step towards greatness. They have been in the csgo scene since the start of 2017 when they started the team ”North” acquiring the ex-dignitas players.
North has in a short time been relatively successful with great placings at big tournaments. The Danish squad currently ranks as number 6 in HLTV’s list of best teams in the world. And the time to sign an academy team has finally come. Frederik ”LOMME” Nielsen, who previously coached Heoric for a while back in 2016, will lead the North Academy team. He will be joined by Frederik ”acoR” Gyldstrand, Daniel ”mertz” Mertz, Nicolai ”glace” Jensen and Nicklas ”gade” Gade.
“We are extremely happy to become a part of the biggest esports-project in Scandinavia,” said North Academy player LOMME.
“It provides us with the opportunity to practice daily from Telia Parken and create a more professionalized environment in which to perform.”
“Going full time means that we will be able to focus one hundred percent on improving, especially with the help from the North back office. We cannot wait to represent North Academy at Copenhagen Games and we are hoping for a lot of support out there.”
Their choice of coach is perhaps the most exciting part. Counter-Strike 1.6 legend Alexander ”ave” Holdt is coming back to the gaming scene. He’s primarily known for his time as the IGL in NoA/mTw 2006-2011.
“A part of our vision for North and the future of esports, is to professionalize talent development,” said Jacob Toft-Andersen, Chief Gaming Officer of North.
“It is with that purpose in mind that we have decided to create North Academy, so we are able to turn the players with the highest potential into future superstars and create results in the long run.
“I am extremely happy that we managed to secure a highly courted team, and I feel like we have a perfect balance of experience and raw talent. On top of that, I am thrilled with the acquisition of ave as a coach, and I am sure it is only a matter of time before North Academy is challenging for Top 5 in Denmark.”
North Academy’s first stop will be the Copenhagen Games 2017 qualifiers. The Danish csgo scene is definitely booming right now, and it will be fun to see what North Academy can accomplish.