The NAVI Esports club officially announced their entry into VALORANT on Friday. The team signed 17-year-old Kirill "Cloud" Nekhozhin as their first VALORANT player and brought on Vladislav "TheVs" Moroz to be the team manager.
“VALORANT has developed greatly in the world since its launch," wrote Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov, COO of NAVI, in the press release. "Although the discipline is still at an early stage in the CIS, things are looking promising. Therefore we want to develop the game in our region. Our goal is to bring as many top-ranked players to the world championships as possible."
“I'm honored to be a part of NAVI and incredibly happy to get this chance! I'm willing to work even harder now," said Cloud in the press release. "I know that many fans are rooting with all their hearts and I would like to give something back! I have been given the opportunity to prove that I am a VALORANT player for a reason. I will do my absolute best."
Xaoc explained that NAVI will be building its VALORANT roster over the next few months. The team will be conducting tryouts of various players and watching the results of the VCT qualifiers to look for fresh, hungry talent to join Cloud. So we can expect new player announcements in the near future.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.