Guild Esports launches CS:GO team

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Guild Esports launches CS:GO team

UK-based esports organisation Guild Esports, which is co-owned by David Beckham, has announced the launch of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. Guild has announced an all-female roster for its CS:GO division, which will have a mix of European players.

Guild has picked up the OUTCASTS roster that qualified for the ESL Impact Season 3 Europe. The roster consists of Kaia ‘KiKi‘ Holmen, Marita “⁠Minnie⁠” Siljan Sørensen, Thea “⁠pullox⁠” Evensen, Anna “⁠Ann4⁠” Laurinoviča and Linnea “Nea” Claesson.

The team will have their headquarters at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in London. All players have been signed on an initial one-year deal with an option for an additional year. 

The team will make their debut at the ESL Impact Circuit, which will have an annual prize pool of US$500,000 and is run by esports organiser and production company ESL.

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Jasmine Skee, CEO of Guild Esports, commented:

This International Women’s Day, we’re delighted to launch a high-flying, all-female team to spearhead our entry into the CS:GO arena. With female participation rapidly growing in many other competitive sports such as football and rugby, we feel this is the right time for us to recruit top talent for CS:GO. It will enable Guild to grow its audience, reach new demographics and continue to provide high-level opportunities for women in the esports space. The team members have experience competing together at the highest levels of competitive CS:GO and will be further inspired by the success of VALORANT Guild X. We’re looking forward to working with them and celebrating their competitive success.

Kaia “KiKi” Holmen, CS:GO team captain, Guild Esports, said:

We intend to compete at the highest levels of Counter-Strike and Guild is the perfect place to achieve this. With leading facilities, high-quality coaching staff and a state-of-the-art headquarters, Guild gives us the opportunity to learn and grow as a team in a supportive environment. It’s not just the facilities and coaching – Guild’s long-term commitment to supporting women in esports reassures us that we will be a close cultural fit. We’re excited to bring Guild into CS:GO for the first time and hope to make the whole company proud.

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