Esports Organization Cloud9 Unveils All-Female Roster


The team will compete in Riot Games' tactical shooter 'Valorant' and in the same tournaments as the male athletes.

Esports organization Cloud9 unveiled on Sunday an all-female professional roster of athletes.

The team, dubbed Cloud9 White, will compete in Riot Games tactical first person shooter Valorant and in the same tournaments as the men's team Cloud9 Blue, with the long term goal being for men and women to compete in teams together.

Members of the women's team, formerly known as MAJKL, include Alexis Guarrasi, Annie Roberts, Jasmine Manankil, Katsumi and Melanie Capone.

Their experience includes securing a place in the Counter Logic Gaming tournament at the Blitz Open Cup, while last month they won first place at the FTW Summer Showdown tournament — part of the Valorant ignition series. The win gave them $25,000 and wider visibility.

Riot Games' first strike tournament qualifiers begin Oct. 25. AT&T will be the presenting partner.

Cloud9 was founded in 2013 and has professional teams in Fortnite, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Teamfight Tactics, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and more.