Los Angeles-based esports organization 100 Thieves is making their splash in Valorant with the signing of Spencer “Hiko” Martin as captain, CEO Matt “Nadeshot” Haag announced on Twitter.
100 THIEVES ENTERS VALORANT
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) June 4, 2020
With their jump into Valorant, 100T now has teams in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Fortnite and Valorant. “At the genesis of 100 Thieves, at the very core it’s been esports,” Haag said in the video. “That’s why I am here where I am today, I’m just obsessed.”
Hiko, 30, is a former CS:GO player who has found success streaming Valorant in its early days. He earned over $190,000 in tournament earnings in the game as a member of Cloud9, Team Liquid and Complexity to name a few organizations.
He teased a potential signing last night in a tweet of just a few emojis.
— 100T Hiko (@Hiko) June 4, 2020
100 Thieves has not signed any other players as of yet, with no official tournaments announced in the coming month. Hiko reached the top 500 rank of Valorant in the beta. He has streamed it regularly since its release on Tuesday.
This weekend, Hiko is participating in the North America Twitch Rivals Launch Showdown. His team features PLAYER1, MkaeL, gMd, and Effys who play for Gen.G.
“After 18 years of Counter Strike, I think the biggest thing that Valorant kind of stuck out for me is that the game feels very similar as of gunplay and as far as mechanics go,” Hiko said in the video. “But when you start adding abilities, you have so many options for strategy and different styles of tactics that you can actually apply, it makes the game really fun to play and it makes the game really fun to think about.”
Hiko had not been on an official CS:GO roster since May of 2019 as a member of Rogue. In his past, he worked for Twitch from April 2015 until November 2018.
“100 Thieves has always been an organization that I’ve looked up to. After having talked to the management and the actually people I’ll be working with, their goals and my goals really align, almost to a T. My goal, throughout my entire career has always been to win.”
100 Thieves has some time to fill out the rest of their roster during the summer. Whoever is next will have a great leader in FPS veteran Hiko. “We believe he is the best person that we could possibly recruit to be the captain of the 100 Thieves Valorant team,” Haag said.