When team Monkey Business was invited as the Home Ground by Red Bull special guest, rumours of an OG Valorant team swiftly began to circulate. Prior to its rebrand to OG in 2015, the Danish esports organisation just so happened to operate under the same moniker – with matching logo – to this perhaps not-so-mysterious new team in the FPS game’s scene. However, the worst-kept secret in Valorant esports has been revealed, as OG has finally announced its entrance into the scene with the Monkey Business roster.
In its announcement tweet, the organisation emphatically announces that “Monkey Business is coming home.” The accompanying video features a discussion with Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet. The former Overwatch pro introduces each of his team mates, including fellow former Overwatch League competitors Benjamin ‘uNKOE’ Chevasson and Kevin ‘TviQ’ Lindström, as well as Theo ‘OniBy’ Tarlier, and Dragan ‘Elllement’ Milanović.
“[OG is] a player-based team that made it by themselves without really having any help behind them,” aKm says. “And it’s crazy to think about, because it’s every player’s dream to have an organisation and to win at the same time. So I’ve always looked up to OG because it’s an amazing organisation that wins.”
OG co-owners and founders, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, say that they were “seduced by the idea behind it [Valorant] as well as how serious the ecosystem is already.”
Together, apes are much stronger. 🐒
Time to unveil the world's best protected secret. Monkey Business is coming home baby!
Very proud to be introducing @OGValorant:
— OG (@OGesports) February 15, 2021
The team’s first taste of competition at Home Grounds did not go entirely to plan, as Monkey Business crashed out 2-0 to SUMN FC (the roster of which was picked up recently by Fnatic). However, the team has swiftly put the defeat behind them, going on to qualify for the second round of Valorant Champions Tour Challengers after dispatching Guild Esports.
Now operating under OG, this Monkey Business roster has both the backing of a major organisation, alongside the pressures and expectations that come with it.