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Dignitas
Dignitas logo 2018.png
Short nameDIG
DivisionsCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
Rocket League
Smite
Super Smash Bros. Melee
FoundedSeptember 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
LocationNewark, New Jersey
CEOMichael Prindiville
PartnersChampion
HyperX
Mountain Dew
Raynor Gaming
Twitch.tv
Western Digital
Parent groupPhiladelphia 76ers (since 2016)
EarningsUS$3,601,548.82[1]
Websitedignitas.gg Edit this at Wikidata

Dignitas (formerly Team Dignitas) is a professional esports organization based in the United Kingdom, founded by Michael "ODEE" O'Dell on 9 September 2003 when Battlefield 1942 clans Legion Condor and Sweden Kompanix merged. Team Dignitas was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers in September 2016.[2] The team has a rich history across many different esports, but is best known for its former League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squads.

The organization rebranded in October 2018, dropping "Team" from its name and replacing its old logo with an owlhead logo.[3]

Divisions[edit]

Dignitas is known to support games that are less popular or have smaller communities. Currently, the organisation has teams competing in the following games:

Former[edit]

Achievements[edit]

In 2006 the Battlefield 2 team was chosen as the Battlefield 2 Team of the Year by Geeksnet.org.[4] In May 2007 the British scene page UKCounterTerrorist.com and the renowned www.HLTV.org put the Counter-Strike 1.6 team as number one in Great Britain.[5] By winning the first official international Enemy Territory: Quake Wars tournament at QuakeCon2007 the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars team gained the fame as the best team in the world. The World in Conflict team of Team Dignitas was nominated for the eSports Award 2007 as "eSport Team of the Year".[6] In early 2008, the team's French FIFA player Maxime "Aghaton" Paulet was chosen as the Best French FIFA 07 player by the French community site FIFAFever.com.[7] Towards the end of 2008, Cadred.org chose their Counter-Strike: Source team was recognized as the best European team, and won the award for best overall team.[8][9] In early 2009, Dignitas' Call of Duty 4 and the Team Fortress 2 teams both managed to place first in Cadred.org's European rankings for three consecutive months.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Throughout the years Team Dignitas was able to achieve numerous important victories. In 2007 Dignitas was able to announce its first ever World Champion with Freek "XeNoGeaR" winning the Trackmania Nations competition at the Electronic Sports World Cup (he also came second at the ESWC 2008 one year later) and taking home $10.000. Later also Fredrik "Bergie", Jesper "KarjeN" and Carl-Antoni "Carl Jr." have won big Trackmania competitions. August 2007 the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars team came victorious in the first ever International Quake Wars tournament at Quakecon 2007, taking home $22.000.[16] Also in 2007, Team Dignitas player Shaun "Apollo" Clark placed first in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars at the World Cyber Games 2007, winning $12,000. The World Cyber Games 2008 would again be won by Team Dignitas, this time by Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath player Pascal "Dackel" Pfefferle ($10,000). In January 2011, Team Dignitas player Jeffrey "SjoW" Brusi won $7,500 after placing first in the Starcraft 2 IEM European Tournament.[17]

In recent history, Team Dignitas has been known to have one of the best Heroes of the Storm teams in the history of the esport. Led by British team captain James "Bakery" Baker, the team made it to the Grand Finals of the 2015 Heroes of the Storm World Championship, and went on to win 4 of the 5 European Championships in 2016. The team continued great form in 2017, winning the first international competition of the year at IEM Katowice, and taking home another Silver medal in the mid-season World Championship. The team made roster changes at the start of 2018, and Josh "Snitch" Bennett stepped up as team captain. The team has again won the first international tournament of the year, making the team the 3 time back-to-back-to-back champions at IEM Katowice.

Media appearances[edit]

Apollo being interviewed by BBC Radio 1

Team Dignitas has been in both local and mainstream media over the years. During the Electronic Sports World Cup 2007, Team Dignitas kept an online diary about the team's attendance at the event on the BBC website.[18] Between November 2007 and February 2008, Dignitas FIFA player Jonas "IstvaN" Salomonsen was frequently featured in Danish television like DR1 or DR2.[19][20] In March 2008, David "Zaccubus" Treacy was featured in the BBC 1 Six O'Clock news where he is asked about his opinion on the game Manhunt 2.[21] In August 2008, global microprocessor manufacturer Intel has released a video about Dignitas member David "Zaccubus" Treacy on its official website.[22] At the World Cyber Games 2008 UK Qualifier, Dignitas player Shaun "Apollo" Clark was interviewed by BBC Radio 1. Team Dignitas players have also been featured in local print media. Examples are Jesper "EnergetiC" Hallberg who was interviewed in an article of local Swedish newspaper "Mälaröarnas Nyheter".[23] Also Israeli FIFA player Yossi "RuBiNaLDo" Rubin was featured in the local newspaper "News of Netanya".[24] Moreover, since August 2007 the British computer magazine PC Format has a regular feature about Team Dignitas in which players of the team blog about recent events.

League of Legends[edit]

Team Dignitas sold their newly European LCS-qualified League of Legends team to Follow eSports, who soon after rebranded as Splyce, on 3 November 2015 for nearly £625,000 ($1 million).[25]

Roster[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

ID Name Joined
EMUHLEET United States Emmalee Garrido 2017-02-28[26]
artStar United States Lynnie Noquez 2017-02-28[26]
rain Canada Amanda Smith 2017-02-28[26]
CAth Canada Catherine Leroux 2018-06-21[27]
milk United States Kiara Makua 2017-11-10[28]
Xp3 (Coach) France David Garrido 2017-02-28[26]

SMITE[edit]

ID Name Role Joined
Variety United Kingdom Harry Cumming Solo 2017-02-08[29]
QvoFred Denmark Anders Korsbo Jungle 2017-02-08[29]
Hurriwind United States Tyler Whitney Mid 2019-01-10[30]
Ataraxia United Kingdom Nate Mark Hunter 2019-01-10[30]
Trixtank Denmark Jeppe Gylling Support 2017-02-08[29]

Rocket League[edit]

ID Name Joined
ViolentPanda Netherlands Jos van Meurs 2018-05-22 [31]
Yukeo Austria Maurice Weihs 2019-01-17 [32]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

ID Name Game(s) Character(s) Joined
HugS United States Hugo Gonzalez Super Smash Bros. Melee Samus 2018-01-12[33]
Lucky United States Jose "Joey" Aldama Super Smash Bros. Melee Fox 2018-01-15 [34]

Management[edit]

ID Name Role
Prindi Michael Prindiville CEO
MOISHI Maurice Eisenmann VP of Business Development
sapphiRe Heather Garozzo VP of Marketing
ODEE Michael O'Dell General Manager
MepH Marek Walkowiak Senior Manager, Player Operations
Bakery James Baker Business Development Manager
Mel Mellina Kong Team Operations & Marketing Manager

Notable former players[edit]

League of Legends[edit]

ID Name Role Joined Left
Jatt Joshua Leesman Jungle September 2011 December 2011
ZionSpartan Darshan Upadhyaha Top May 2014 October 2014
Scarra William Li Mid September 2011 October 2014
Imaqtpie Michael Santana AD September 2011 October 2014
Crumbzz Alberto Rengifo Jungle October 2011 February 2015
KiWiKiD Alan Nguyen Support September 2011 April 2016
IWillDominate Christian Rivera Jungle January 2012 December 2012
Shiphtur Danny Le Mid May 2014 May 2016
Ssumday Kim Chan-ho Top December 2016 November 2017

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

ID Name Role Joined Left
cajunb Rene Borg Rifler/AWPer February 2014 February 2015
device Nicolai Reedtz AWPer February 2014 February 2015
dupreeh Peter Rasmussen Rifler (Entry-Fragger) February 2014 February 2015
karrigan Finn Andersen In-Game Leader December 2014 February 2015
Xyp9x Andreas Højsleth Rifler February 2014 February 2015
FeTiSh Henrik Christensen In-Game Leader February 2014 March 2015
Nico Nicolaj Jensen AWPer February 2015 September 2015
schneider Andreas Lindberg AWPer September 2015 October 2015
aizy Philip Aistrup Rifler January 2015 November 2015
Pimp Jacob Winneche Rifler/AWPer January 2015 November 2015
Kjaerbye Markus Kjærbye Rifler January 2015 May 2016
MSL Mathias Lauridsen Lurker/In-Game Leader March 2015 December 2016
k0nfig Kristian Wienecke Rifler November 2015 December 2016
RUBINO Ruben Villarroel Rifler November 2015 December 2016
cajunb René Borg Rifler/AWPer May 2016 December 2016
Magiskb0Y Emil Reif Rifler June 2016 December 2016

Counter-Strike: 1.6[edit]

ID Name Role Joined Left
RattlesnK Sam Gawn Captain/AWPer September 2005 June 2009
punt Daniel Dougherty Rifler (Entry-Fragger) September 2005 April 2007
w1cked David Gee Rifler September 2005 February 2007
immuNe Rob Frith Rifler/AWPer September 2005 January 2008
Mangiacapra Marc Mangiacapra Rifler March 2007 June 2008
pt Pete Wright Rifler February 2007 June 2008
vpr Simon Carter Rifler September 2005 January 2007
Harriman Stu Harriman Rifler January 2007 November 2007
KritikaL Luke Green Rifler/AWPer January 2007 May 2007

Overwatch[edit]

ID Name Role Joined Left
Finland LiNkzr Jiri Masalin DPS August 2016 May 2017

Fighting games[edit]

ID Name Game Character(s) Joined Left
Ryan Hart Ryan Hart Ultra Street Fighter IV Sagat 2014-06-25[35] 2015-02-10[36]

Rocket League[edit]

ID Name Joined Left
Sweden Turbopolsa Pierre Silfver May 2018 June 2019
France Kaydop Alexandre Courant May 2018 January 2019
United States Chicago Reed Wilen January 2018 May 2018
United States Turtle Isaac App January 2018 May 2018
Canada zol Zoli Digness January 2018 May 2018

Tournament results[edit]

League of Legends[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Heroes Of The Storm[edit]

  • 2nd – 2015 Heroes of the Storm World Championship
  • 1st – 2016 DreamHack All-Stars Valencia
  • 1st – 2017 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Phase #1 Western Clash[44]
  • 2nd – 2017 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Mid-Season Brawl[45]
  • 2nd – 2017 Heroes of the Storm Gold Club World Championship[46]
  • 1st – 2018 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Phase #1 Western Clash[47]
  • 2nd – 2018 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Mid-Season Brawl[48]
  • 1st – 2018 Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Phase #2 Western Clash[49]

Rocket League[edit]

  • 1st – Rocket League World Championship Season 5[50]
  • 1st – Northern Arena: Rocket League Invitational 2[51]
  • 1st – Rocket League European Championship Season 6[52]
  • 2nd – Rocket League World Championship Season 6[53]
  • 1st – DreamHack Leipzig 2019

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