One of the biggest news that shook up the entire eSports industry in the last couple of months broke couple of days ago when it was reported that Fnatic has released their entire Call of Duty Roster. Fnatic is one of the world’s biggest eSports organization that hosts teams in many different eSports competitions and because of that, the news about this organization dropping the entire team is a huge news.
On Monday, this organization released a press statement in which they stated that they have released their entire Call of Duty team. However, more importantly, the organization also revealed that they will be taking a break from the Call of Duty competitions and that they will not be rebuilding their team any time soon.
Fnatic Call of Duty team featured Gurdip ‘SunnB’ Bains, Matthew ‘skrapz’ Marshall, Bradley ‘wuskin’ Marshall, and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren. They have signed for Fnatic Call of Duty team in January this year and they were first Fnatic Call of Duty team in five years. Before January, Fnatic was not participating in Call of Duty competitions due to different reasons.
However, January marked their return to the Call of Duty scene and everybody hoped that they are there to stay and that they would have a good run. With Fnatic being one of the world’s biggest eSports organizations, their absence was hugely felt in the Call of Duty scene. Because of that, their return was celebrated by many fans and other people involved in this competition. When they returned and after it was announced that Tommey will be the team’s captain and that he would be leading the team, the expectations were high from the fans as well as from the organization.
However, since their return, they were not able to perform at the level that many expected from them. Because of that, the relations among the players and between the players and the management got worse as the time progressed. Despite that, Fnatic maintained their idea of hosting Call of Duty team but we now know that they would not tolerate bad results for much longer.
Fnatic Call of Duty team was not able to finish any international tournament in the top four, which might not have that huge consequences on the team considering how competitive international Call of Duty scene is. However, much bigger problem was the fact that Fnatic failed to reach even a single grand finals in the competitions that were held in the European Union during the entire 2017. Their bad form culminated at the Call of Duty World League Championship when they finished the tournament in the top 16 and at that time it was clear that this Fnatic team does not have a bright future.
The first player that confirmed his departure from Fnatic was skrapz who confirmed this issue on his Twitter account and announced that he will be joining his brother and Seany on another project. Regarding the remaining players, Tommey and SunnyB are currently free agents and they will be looking for a new team before the start of the Call of Duty: World War II season.