Virtus.pro have become the latest esports organisation to hop on the Battle Bus bonanza, as they today announce the creation of a brand new Fortnite roster.
Although the team is currently limited to only two players — which will obviously still allow them to compete in Duo tournaments — the org hasn't ruled out an expansion in the future.
https://t.co/RghpmPyTHr is in the Fortnite! We are glad to announce our new roster : Artur "7ssk7" Kyourshin and Jamal "Jamside" Saidayev! Welcome new bear family members:🇪🇺 https://t.co/gBaqUAimp4🇷🇺 https://t.co/ca2DlY1d3q🇵🇱 https://t.co/ky1OHXBkgE pic.twitter.com/P8lMW0AA84— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) July 19, 2018
The team has signed two teenagers on deals which will run through until the end of 2019. Artur "7ssk7" Kyourshin is 19, with his new VP teammate Jamal "Jamside" Saidayev only 17 years of age.
The General Manager of Virtus.pro, Roman Dvoryankin, spoke of how long the move had been in the works, and said that they were still considering signing more players.
We are happy to become a part of one of the world's best teams. Merely yesterday it was something unreal and out of my reach, but today, I'm defending the banner of the great esports club. It's amazing!
We will give our best – we have serious plans for the upcoming tournaments.
Meanwhile, 7ssk7 admitted that he was starstruck to have been signed by VP, and said that they would fight to prove their worth.
Our team's arrival to Fortnite and the corresponding preparations were planned and in motion for quite a long time. We place high hopes both on the discipline itself and on the players we have signed.
Artur and Jamal have consistently shown great results in various CIS Skillcustoms even before their arrival to Virtus.pro. Furthermore, Jamal holds the record for the highest kill count in CIS. The guys are young and hungry for victories.
We are still considering the possibility of signing more players – our decision will be based on how the game's competitive scene will develop.
In May of this year, Epic Games, the publishers of the highly popular Battle Royale title, revealed that they would be dedicating a whopping $100 million to tournament prize pools in the first year of competitive play. The 2018-2019 season marks the first-ever competitive period for the title, and with some serious backing, the game looks to add another flavour to the world of esports.
Disclosure: Virtus.pro and Cybersport.com are part of the same esports holding.