Counter-Strike is deep in the DNA of ENCE, with it being the game we made our return around in the beginning of 2016, and with the ownership of the team having decades of cumulative experience in the game franchise.
Today, along with announcing our strategic partnership with Pelicans, we are also thrilled to announce our return to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with Aleksi “allu” Jalli, who has signed a two-year contract with ENCE.
“We are beyond excited to announce our return to Counter-Strike. Signing a player of allu’s caliber is an honor and gives us a driving force in attempting to return Finnish Counter-Strike into the upper echelon of competition.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to have such a high impact player as the first piece to the puzzle of our upcoming team. As a player he can take over a game with his own abilities as we’ve seen before, and he has the potential to be one of the best players in the world”, says Joona Leppänen, Marketing Director of ENCE.
Aleksi is the most followed Finnish esports player and a fan favorite, who became world famous during his time representing Ninjas in Pyjamas. Since then, following his tenure as part of the original CS:GO lineup of ENCE in 2016, he was a key member in FaZe Clan during their ascent to the top of the scene, and later on OpTic Gaming’s European roster. Aleksi is the only Finn to have reached the grand final in a CS:GO major. In addition, during 2017 he was a finalist at various tournaments such as IEM Katowice, IEM Sydney and ECS Season 3 Finals while also winning StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 while representing FaZe Clan.
“Due to the disbandment of the OpTic Gaming roster at the end of 2017 and my decision to not relocate to North America, I began looking at my options elsewhere to see where I might begin the next chapter of my Counter-Strike career. Despite having most of my success in international teams, it has always been my goal to be a part of a Finnish team that can compete for titles.
“I have now decided to return home and I look forward to representing ENCE and Finland going forward. We have been able to put together a roster with some of the most promising and talented players our country has to offer, and I hope we can prove Finland has what it takes to be one of the top nations in the game”, says Aleksi “allu” Jalli, Team Captain of ENCE CS:GO.
ENCE is now building its return to Counter-Strike. We are going to be announcing the remainder of our lineup in the coming weeks and expect our team to be start competing for tournament spots shortly after, giving the team a couple of months to practice before the qualification stages begin for September’s FACEIT major.