British-based esports organisation Fnatic has announced the signing of SUMN FC’s full Valorant roster heading into the Valorant Champions Tour. The news follows a teaser posted to Twitter earlier this week confirming Fnatic’s expansion into Riot Games’ FPS game.
Fnatic’s chief gaming officer Patrik ‘cArn’ Sättermon speaks of the fan fervour towards the organisation making its way into the pro scene. “We’re so excited to finally join Valorant,” he says. “It’s been the number one thing fans have been asking for since the game launched, and we’ve taken our time to identify a roster that fits our vision of competing for the top titles in every game we enter.”
Fans of the European scene have long anticipated SUMN FC being picked up by an organisation, following its stellar performances in Europe’s First Strike back in December – which resulted in a second place finish – and most recently its semi-final finish in Red Bull’s Home Ground invitational. The team, led by Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett, has excelled despite having only formed back in August.
Fnatic’s Valorant team director, Colin Johnson, attests to this quality: “This group of players have more than proven their talent in recent months, holding their own against the European elite in every tournament they compete in, without the support of a salary or organisation.” Now operating under Fnatic, Johnson wants the org “to push them to reach that next level, and win every tournament they compete in.”
Let's go 💥
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) February 3, 2021
Alongside Boaster, Fnatic’s Valorant squad consists of Domagoj ‘Doma’ Fancev, James ‘Mistic’ Orfila, Muhammad ‘Moe40’ Hariff, and Kostas ‘tsack’ Theodoropoulos.