Team Liquid to drop its Overwatch team, some players to stay with org, sources say

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Team Liquid will disband its Overwatch team in the coming weeks and is unlikely to pursue participation in the Overwatch League, sources close to the organization and team members told ESPN.

Additionally, the team is looking to sell its spot in Blizzard's Overwatch Contenders, according to sources, which starts its second season on Aug. 14.

Some of the team will pursue careers in other games, sources said, and some with the Liquid organization.

Parts of the Overwatch roster, Shane "rapha" Hendrixson, Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty and Andrew "id_" Trulli, will compete for the organization in Quake Champions at QuakeCon on Aug. 24-27 in Dallas, the team announced July 13.

Meanwhile, Keven "AZK" Larivière was unbanned by ESL on July 24 to compete again in their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions.

The remaining players and staff, Robert "shadder2k" Mocanu, Adam "MESR" De La Torre and Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka will look for new opportunities in Overwatch.

Team Liquid will join the growing list of endemic esports teams that have dropped their Overwatch rosters and do not intend to participate in Blizzard's Overwatch League at this time.

Many of these teams have done so because they cannot afford the $20 million price to enter the league. Liquid, which has received investment from high-profile esports venture group aXiomatic, does not see the league as a valuable use of their capital, sources familiar with the team's plans said.

Team Liquid first entered the Overwatch scene in April 2016, with the acquisition of an amateur team that consisted of the core of its current roster.

Disney, the parent company of ESPN, is part of an investment group in aXiomatic.