Fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer Patrik ‘cArn’ Sättermo released a statement today detailing some upcoming changes to the team’s Starcraft 2 division. Leading those changes are the immediate release of Han ‘aLive’ Lee Seok and Kim ‘Oz’ Hak Soo.
After opening a team house in Korea in March of 2012, Fnatic was forced to shut it down early last month after Park “Rain” Seo Yong retired and Seo “Ares” Chang Deok, Han “ByuL” Ji Won, and Jang “Moon” Jae Ho all left the team. After the closing of Fnatic’s Korean house, there was speculation as to the future of aLive and Oz. Now with today’s announcement it’s clear Fnatic is heading in a new direction; they cited a focus shift towards the European scene as their main reasons, while also noting that Korea isn’t where they see the most potential in e-sports anymore.
Also included in the announcement were hints of a new Fnatic European team house, some upcoming non-Korean player pickups, and “future announcements” coming soon.