Fnatic signs former GUTS Gaming roster and former GAMMA Gaming coach Phenomene — SiegeGG

Fnatic today announced the signing of former GUTS Gaming roster and up-and-coming Japanese talent Ryuya “Chibisu” Hamasita. Former GAMMA Gaming and IziDream coach Theo “Phenomene” Hentgen has also signed, who will serve as the strategy coach and analyst for Fnatic.

The news follows Fnatic’s farewell to two of its last three players under contract, Patrick “MentalistC” Fan and Jason “Lusty” Chen, yesterday. Tex Thompson and Riley “Stigs” Mills were benched and released in late 2021, and Leo “Alphama” Robine was released earlier this month.

Not included in the new Fnatic roster are Takumi “JJ” Iwasaki, who announced his retirement from competitive Siege earlier this month, and Yuya “Cloud” Inoue.

Current Fnatic captain Etienne “Mag” Rousseau will continue with the team, but his participation in Stage 1 of the 2022 season is uncertain due to the expected length of time it will take to obtain a visa.

Visa issues had also plagued the Australia-based Fnatic roster since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and left them stranded in Australia while having to play APAC North games with high latency.

Fnatic head coach Jayden “Dizzle” Saunders will remain as head coach, while former GUTS Gaming manager Kazuhide “GuNBoY” Kawamura, who is bilingual, will also join Fnatic. GuNBoY will act as team manager and translator for Fnatic.

Captain Fnatic Mag (foreground) and Head Coach Fnatic Dizzle (background) are the only remnants of Fnatic’s old roster.

“We are thrilled to finally begin our journey in Japanese Rainbow Six esports,” said Dizzle. “We have a new roster of amazing local Japanese talent that we have signed with GUTS Gaming and we can’t wait to start playing with the roster ahead of these two very important competitions. We’re also excited to have Mag returning later this year – a player who strongly believes in this project and our vision for Rainbow Six esports in Japan.

On February 22, Fnatic revealed that they will be participating in the 2022 Japan League and teased their new APAC roster.

Fnatic’s involvement in Japan continues after its initial plan to move its Australia-based roster in 2020, and $17 million in investment was raised in 2021. The investment had been led by Marubeni Corporation, one of Japan’s largest conglomerates.

Check out this new Fnatic roster in action in APAC North and the Japan League starting next month:

Kazuki “Lily” Yamane
Hikaru “Li9ht” Osawa
Naoki “Yura” Takamoto
Tsukasa “Merieux” Asano
Ryūya “Chibisu” Hamasita
Etienne “Mag” Rousseau
Jayden “Dizzle” Saunders (Head Coach)
Théo “Phenomene” Hentgen (Strategic Coach and Analyst)
Kazuhide “GuNBoY” Kawamura (manager and translator)

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