CGN Esports is excited to announce the official comeback into VALORANT at the start of the upcoming VCT 2021: Europe Stage 3.

Cologne, Germany – June 27th 2021 – As of today, we are finally entering a new chapter on our journey. We are officially returning to professional Valorant with our new German roster!

All back in August 2020, our Head of Valorant Sebastian “Sebe” Kruft, started scouting for potential German players. After we trialed some players, we decided to put this dream on hold for the time being, as it seemed impossible to find enough German players to build a competitive roster. Instead we picked up an international lineup and became one of the first organisations to enter Valorant. After some mixed results, we decided to release the roster and to reassess our options. 

While it seemed impossible to commit to a German roster just a few months ago, things have evolved since then and the amount of good players has grown tremendously. 

After we disbanded our international team at the end of February, Sebe and Kapio instantly started scouting for German talents. We talked to almost 50 players, asked them about their mindsets, plans, experiences and ambitions. It was important to us to find people who believed in a fully German roster and who were able to see the advantages, especially when it came to communication.

To our surprise, many had already internalized a negative mindset about their own community; pointing fingers, but no solutions.

Luckily we already managed to silence many, by placing top 8 with CE Calling in the VCT Main event without proper preparation. As many of you probably already guessed, CE Calling was an abbreviation for CGN Esports Calling. 

For us it was important to build a team from the ground up. It is by far the most time and resource intensive approach, but it was essential for us to know every player and put five players together that believed in each other and that truly believed in our vision of a German lineup.

Building a fully German team, without subbing in international players has been a huge challenge. But we wouldn’t be CGN if we didn’t try to add some difficulty to this task. So we also tried to pick players that lived as close to Cologne as possible, as it would offer us the possibility to meet regularly, offline. Out of the five players, four live within a two hour driving distance and two even live in Cologne. One of them being our team captain BennY. 

Benjamin “BennY” Domgörgen on his new position at CGN Esports:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity I have under CGN, to build a project I believe in, in my hometown. Hopefully we will manage to turn some heads and to make our region proud.”

The new lineup is now:

Benjamin “BennY” Domgörgen (Team Captain)
Kenny “Luc1d” Kühlmann
Rene “Shazeon” Cappel
Leon “Leon” Roesberg
Gianluca “xTribune” Oehme

Navid “Kapio” Javadi (Coach)
Sebastian “Sebe+” Kruft (Head of Valorant)

If you are curious about our journey and you want to don’t want to miss any of our matches, make sure to look on or, if you want to learn more about our players and about CGN, then keep an eye on our website and socials.

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VALORANT is a fast-paced competitive & tactical first person shooter, involving two teams of 5 players each. The first team that manages to win 13 in-game rounds, wins. This means that a game of Valorant can take up to 25 rounds. Players can choose their unique in-game characters, which are called agents, at the start of the game and buy different weapons at the start of each round. When a player dies, they will not respawn until the next round starts. This makes VALORANT a game in which even the smallest decision counts: good reaction times, aiming skills and knowledge are all key elements required to master VALORANT on a competitive level.