Jake “Stewie2k” Yip officially joined SKGaming. This was announced by Captain Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo on Twitter.
We hawt! Very excited to try out Stewie as our 5th member. The talent this guy has is underrated. We will adapt everything to make it work and you will help us bring more trophies. Welcome @Stewie let’s beat the world together 🇧🇷 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/P73zkNte8P
— Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS) March 31, 2018
However, he will be trying out for SK Gaming in the coming weeks and will be taking Epitacio “TACO” de Melo’s spot on the active Brazilian lineup on a trial basis. It’s unclear whether Stewie2k is contracted to SK, but he was let out of a recent multi-year agreement with Cloud9, according to C9 CEO Jack Etienne.
I wanted to answer a question that several fans have been asking regarding Stewie. We had a multi year agreement signed a few months ago in place. However, Stew has been good to Cloud9 and when he requested a transfer we made every effort to respect his wishes.
— Jack Etienne (@JackEtienne) March 30, 2018
In a TwitLonger post, Stewie2k explained that he left C9 because of a last-minute offer from SK. However, he is already at the SK house.
“These are the opportunities that don’t come around and maybe even comes only once in a lifetime. It’ll be different every day I wake up. I thought hard about this and the most important reason that I did not want to leave because the organization and team were a home to me and it felt like i’ve essentially built this team. Leaving them means I don’t believe in them anymore but that’s not the case. We won a major together I’ve seen the potential in this team. I thought about what I wanted and that’s to keep competing, win titles, and raise trophies. Tactically speaking about Cloud9, I feel I make an impact on leading the team on T side but it may not always be the best or even make sense and that comes from experience. I wanted to experience a different in game environment with players who’ve touched the top. I feel like Counter-Strike has many styles and there are so much in the shadows to explore When I first joined Cloud 9, I performed well and showed hope when I was an Indian rather than a chief. I wanted to try becoming a chief and I’ve tried both sides of the spectrum now. I feel my potential can hopefully be unleashed eventually under a strong leader. This decision has got to be one of my hardest ones so far in life and it hurts even more because my connection with these boys are strong, but I had to choose what I thought was best for my career.”
Stewie2k played for Cloud9 since January 2016. With it, he became the champion of ESL Pro League Season 4, DreamHack Open Denver 2017, iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 and The ELEAGUE Major 2017.
With Stewie2k’s addition, SK Gaming now have :
- Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
- Fernando “fer“ Alvarenga
- Marcelo “coldzera” David
- Ricardo “boltz” Prass
- Jake “Stewie2k” Yip