Tension has been brewing for some time.
The Vancouver Titans today announced the departure of its remaining roster, following high profile departures last week.
“[T]he difficult decision was made to move the team back to the North American division and both the players and management agreed that finding a new home for the players would be in everyone’s best interest,” Tim Holloway, the eSports director of Titans parent company Aquilini Entertainment wrote, referencing the initial return home to South Korea for the team in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our initial plan was for the team to join the Asian division and continue to play the new schedule from the comfort of players’ homes, but it was quickly apparent that this created a whole new set of challenges. The time difference made it difficult for management and the home fanbase to connect with the team and technical challenges for the players playing from home further exacerbated the situation,” the statement reads.
Tension clearly boiled over last week when the Titans announced the departure of HyunWoo “JJANU” Choi and coach Hwang ‘PaJion’ Jisub. On Twitter, JJANU simply wrote, “i am free~~~”.
ESPN reports the club will proceed with its season by shoring up its roster with Contenders team Second Wind players.
The Titans have so far played only four matches–losing its latest two after two early wins–while the Overwatch League season limps forward in the wake of a global pandemic.
Liftoff! will be following developments of the Vancouver Titans and Toronto Defiant as we cover the OWL.