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The European Overwatch Contenders team Gigantti announced today that they will not be competing in the upcoming Overwatch Contenders Series.
Team Gigantti’s coach Tanishq “Tanizhq” Sabharwal announced in a TwitLonger that the team will drop out from the Contenders scene and release all their players, he also went into details on the reasons behind their decision.
“Team Gigantti will not be continuing with the Overwatch team going into the Contenders 2020 Season,” coach Tanizhq said. “This might come as a surprise to many people, but given the state of finances in Tier 2, the near 6 month gap between the seasons and the low viewership, it shouldn’t be too shocking. The only way an EU Contenders team makes any return is by selling players to NA Academy teams or OWL.”
Team Gigantti performed outstandingly in the European Contenders scene, winning the Contenders series in 2017 and 2018 and ranked second in 2019’s season two and 2018’s season one.
It’s well known that the Overwatch tier 2 scene is neglected by Blizzard, it’s hard for professional players and teams that aren’t in the Overwatch League to make a living out of competing in the game, especially given the lack of third-party tournaments.
Tanizhq thanked his team members from coaches to players for the experience he gained throughout the time he spent with them. He also gave his thanks to the organization for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes and for the opportunity to be part of the team.