Nihilum Gaming have announced that they have parted ways with their CS:GO team with immediate effect.
Nihilum ventured into competitive Counter-Strike in April when they secured the services of Denial’s team, one of the most promising rosters in North America.
Weeks later, the Sweden-based organisation, who have their roots in World of Warcraft, caught headlines when they landed former Cloud9 duo Spencer “Hiko” Martin and Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen during the North American shuffle.
Despite the addition of two high-profile players, the team struggled on the domestic front as they failed to qualify for the offline finals of CEVO Season 7 and the ESL ESEA Pro League.
Hiko & co will stick together
The upcoming qualifier for ESL One Cologne will be the team’s chance to silence critics, but the players will not have the support of Nihilum for the event in Burbank as the two parties have agreed to go their separate ways.
A source close to the team has told HLTV.org that the players will stick together and will play under the temporary name of Maximum Effort until a new organisation is found.
Meanwhile, Nihilum have revealed that they have decided to take a step back from the Counter-Strike scene as they will not be signing a new team anytime soon.
Maximum Effort, who have been drawn alongside CLG, Luminosity and eLevate in the group stage of the ESL One Cologne qualifier, have the following roster:
Soham “valens” Chowdhury
Joshua “sancz” Ballenger
Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen
Spencer “Hiko” Martin
Derek “desi” Branchen
Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić (coach)