The esports organisation founded by Singaporean singer JJ Lin revealed a new roster for Riot Games’ shooter, Valorant, on Friday (17 July), with Lin himself hailing it as a “milestone”.
In a press release, Team SMG (Still Moving Under Gunfire) unveiled the seven members of an all-Singapore squad, comprising of former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional players.
Captained by Sha “ZesBeeW” Mohtar, the team includes Danyal “Kama” Heng, Alex “falfalfal” Cheang, Xavier “LEXY” Lee, Chun Ting “Divine” Yeoh, Syafiq "Aeozora" Anuar and coaach/manager Kenneth “Colbat” Ho.
Team SMG's Valorant roster will make their competitive debut in the Lenovo's Rise of Legion: Valorant July 2020 tournament, which takes place from 27 to 31 July.
The Valorant squad will be the organisation's first Singapore team. Team SMG also has rosters that compete in Mobile Legends, PUBG and PUBG Mobile based in Malaysia and China.
Lin, who is also a member of the Singapore Esports Association (SGEA), called the Valorant squad a “milestone in my esports journey, one that is very close to my heart”.
“Like these boys, I started gaming as a pastime. But this pastime evolved into my passion and global vision in esports, and I strive to nurture home-grown talent in this burgeoning esports scene,” Lin said in a statement.
Valorant, officially released only at the beginning of June 2020, has already seen a number of esports organisations unveiling rosters consisting of former CS:GO professionals.
The free to play, 5v5 character-based tactical shooter has also featured in a growing list of pro events, including Riot Games' own Valorant Pacific Open and Valorant SEA Invitational.