A New Era - Goodbye NiKo
Cologne February 9th, 2017. Today we announce the departure of Nikola "NiKo" Kovac. After almost two years in the mouseports jersey it's time for both parties to move on. NiKo will transfer to FaZe Clan after the Dreamhack Masters in Las Vegas.
For the 2016 season NiKo has been the face of our CS:GO division and without doubt he will leave a big hole in our lineup at first. "In Niko we will lose one of the most competitive individuals I have ever met in esports. He is a great player and a great character and will surely be missed. But it was also apparent that our team hasn't been going in the right direction lately. It wasn't about mousesports anymore and we can't have that. We built a great legacy over the past 15 years that we are proud of. In the future we want to reflect on our core values again and I hope that this way we can make amends with the fans that we disappointed in the past few months", mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü says.
The transfer became imminent after the disappointing ELEAGUE major where the team weren't able to live up to expectations. "After the major, NiKo approached us with the wish to join FaZe. We agreed, that after all the effort he put in at mousesports, it was time to search for a solution that would benefit everyone involved. Together with FaZe, we worked out one of the biggest transfers in esports to date. We see this as a big opportunity to rework our roster and build a much more homogeneous mousesports team that our fans can get behind again", Tüylü adds.
The team will stay together until DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas and we are currently working on a mousesports team that will be able to compete at an elite level. A big thanks to all our loyal fans for the support.
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