Cloud9 has confirmed it has terminated the contract of Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker. The news comes nearly two weeks after reports about the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player’s uncertain future with the so-called “Colossus” began to circulate.
The Turkish AWPer, who joined Cloud9 late last year in a deal worth $1.4 million, was reportedly being benched due to “non-performance related issues.” However, Cloud9’s general manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer has now confirmed this is not the case and he has instead been released.
“There’s no denying woxic’s skill and explosive world-class potential in CS:GO,” his statement reads. “However it’s also no secret that recent months have been especially rough for him. As a team, we were unable to overcome various challenges that affected his performance that included an unreliable high ping and not to mention a compromising time zone.”
HenryG also notes that while the decision “may come as a shock” to fans, allowing the current situation to continue “wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the squad in the long run.”
This now means woxic, who has not yet commented on the decision, is free to work out his next move without any contractual obligations.
Statement regarding Cloud9 CS:GO & Woxic.
Wishing him the very best of luck in the future.
More to come in the next couple of days.. pic.twitter.com/SSotR8UDBh
— C9 HenryG (@HenryGcsgo) January 18, 2021
Cloud9 has yet to announce who will be replacing the Turk, although the favourite, according to HLTV and 1pv, is currently Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach.
An update on the squad will be made later this week.