G2 Esports has signed Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas Colocho as the first member and captain of their VALORANT team, the org announced Tuesday.
Mixwell is one of the brightest European talents in VALORANT since its launch. The 24-year-old made his name in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a member of Cloud9 and Optic Gaming. He even made a brief appearance under the G2 flag.
The Spaniard has been streaming steadily since the beginning of the closed beta on April 7. Mixwell won a few online tournaments, including the Twitch Rivals European Launch tournament. His skill proved him to be a top target for NA and European organizations alike.
“G2’s history shows that they are competitive in every game they’ve been part of and their content is also top, most of my fans are also G2 fans so it makes even more sense for me,” Mixwell said in G2’s statement. “The goal is to be the best VALORANT team in the world and I want to be the best player in the game, have fun representing the fans around the world, and I am sure we can do it together.”
G2 has hosted multiple tournaments, including two European Brawls and the upcoming Ignition Series. With G2 joining orgs like Cloud9, TSM, Immortals, Gen.G, and T1 taking steps into VALORANT, the landscape is starting to shape out even more.
“VALORANT really is an amazing game I enjoy both playing and watching. G2 will have a World Championship winning team and it all starts with Mixwell,” G2 CEO Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez said. “Many top organizations fought hard for him and we are delighted he’s put so much trust into letting us build a killer lineup alongside him. Now you mfers stop poaching him already.”
It will be interesting to see what kind of talent comes around Mixwell. European players haven’t been as quick as NA players in forming squads and signing contracts.