Astralis, a European esports organization, has announced the acquisition of Disrupt Gaming and the opening of Astralis US in North America.
Astralis is the most successful team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. “We are very excited to bring our CS: GO brand and world-class organization into North America,” said Astralis CEO, Rory Brown. “I’m proud of how far we’ve come as an organization and I am confident we will be able to apply this success across the Atlantic.”
Disrupt Gaming is a new esports organization founded by Kelvin Parker, CEO and founder of Comunicano, a US creative firm with 4 offices around the world. “Disrupt Gaming has been formed with a vision to unite gamers from all over the world,” said Parker. “By combining our esports and creative expertise we’re able to offer a unique and compelling opportunity to the global gaming community. We look forward to an exciting future with Astralis!”
Astralis will be opening an office in Los Angeles, CA in the coming months. Initial roster announcements will follow shortly.
The announcement comes at a busy time for esports in North America with Rainbow6ProLeague’s inaugural season about to begin on June 1st, The Overwatch League pre-season just wrapped up, and plans for a League of Legends franchised league being revealed earlier today. The team joins Immortals, Evil Geniuses and Team SoloMid as organizations that have entered the North American scene recently.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Astralis, a global esports powerhouse, into the Rainbow Six League,” said Dave Scott, Co-Founder and CEO of the Rainbow Six League. “North America has been a strong region for Rainbow Six Siege as evidenced by the launch of our first two seasons on Twitch and Gamescom’s largest esports stage. We believe the addition of Astralis will make our league even stronger.”
R6L Season 1 kicks off June 1st on Twitch with nine teams from Europe and North America competing online. R6L Season 2 begins September 22nd via Steam for a total of 12 teams.