Last Tuesday, G2 Esports announced the most important step in their VALORANT adventure: the Spanish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive legend Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañellas was to become the first member and captain of their VALORANT roster.
When this announcement happened, ‘Mixwell’ shortly explained his reasons to join the European organization:
“G2’s history shows that they are competitive in every game they’ve been part of and their content is also top, most of my fans are also G2 fans so it makes even more sense for me. The goal is to be the best VALORANT team in the world and I want to be the best player in the game, have fun representing the fans around the world, and I am sure we can do it together.”
Now, in an interview with Forbes, G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez has spoken about his actual intentions with his VALORANT division.
According to him, VALORANT is a “top title that appeals to play and watch, just like League of Legends”, and since the game is that good and has a huge potential, they decided to take a “high risk, high reward initiative“, which is the acquisition of one of the best players in the world, winner of the Twitch Rivals: VALORANT Launch Showdown, Europe’s first tournament just a few days after the game’s launch.
The main reason for having ‘Mixwell’ in G2 is pretty clear for ‘ocelote’: “We are building a world championship-winning team and it starts with Mixwell”.
Planning to win a still non-existing worldwide tournament is probably dreaming too big, but G2 Esports have their first test this weekend with a new tournament precisely hosted by themselves (in partnership with Red Bull): the G2 Esports VALORANT Invitational, one of the first tournaments in the Riot Games endorsed Ignition Series.
The competition will feature a significant €15,000 prize pool and many of the top VALORANT players from Europe (of course, ‘Mixwell’ will be there).
When ‘ocelote’ was asked about why are they hosting a tournament like this, he answered: “By hosting a tournament for Valorant, it feeds into the broader goal to help make VALORANT a top esports title“.
Having ‘Mixwell’ in G2 will probably help a lot to this goal since the Spanish player counts with a huge fanbase that is being attracted to the Riot Game’s new title.
That is for sure the other reason why ‘ocelote’ chose him. With nearly 100k subscribers on Youtube and 132k followers on Twitter, ‘Mixwell’ is not only a very skilled pro-player but also a branding super-star.
Let’s see how well can ‘Mixwell’ perform this weekend, and how right or wrong ‘ocelote’ is about his intentions to conquest VALORANT globally.