After four years of numerous championships and other successes, Cloud9 closed the doors of his Overwatch League Academy team, the British Hurricane, earlier this week. The British hurricane was the academy team the London Spitfire was in Overwatch Contenders and both the Spitfire and Hurricane were owned by Cloud9.
All players and coaches linked to the UK hurricane will be laid off by the end of 2021 as Cloud9 suspends all operations related to the team. The company announced this on its website. While Cloud9 did not provide a definitive reason for the Academy team to break up, the organization appears to be looking to their other efforts in other games as well as looking to the future of their main game Overwatch League team, the London Spitfire.
During the team’s lifetime, the British hurricane performed many heroic acts on behalf of Cloud9. In particular, they went through their entire Contenders 2020 season without losing a single game against any other European team, winning the entire second season and the Gauntlet at the end of the year. This year they were able to successfully maintain this first place at the end of the first season of the Contenders and at the beginning of the second season. Then, last October, they dropped to third place as part of the third season.
Mainly from Cloud9 Overwatch League team, the London Spitfire, are still well on their way to competing in the upcoming OWL season early next year. The goals of the UK hurricane team members and staff affected by this sudden announcement are still unclear.
The next season of the OWL is expected to start in spring 2022 with a development build of Overwatch 2 for all games. The release date for Overwatch 2 has yet to be revealed.