In mid-May, Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye announced that he was taking a health break from Counter-Strike. At that time, it seemed that Dane’s return to the North squad is only a matter of time — but ultimately this story has no happy ending because the 22-year-old will not be putting on the colors of the organization again.
“We feel great responsibility for our young players. We had a close dialogue with Kjaerbye, and together we decided that the best solution would be to support him on his way to the next challenge,” said Christopher Håkonsson, CEO at North. “We will miss him, but we hope to see him again on the biggest stages. Kjaerbye’s case also forced us to look more closely at how we can make our players’ environment even better.”
Let us remind you that Kjærbye had to step down because of health problems that prevented him from functioning normally and which were caused by stress.
“With North I was very happy, but staying here was also a bumpy road with many changes. I feel that the break I had has cleared my perception on matters,” the player himself assured in his statement. “Currently, I still need some time, but I know that I am far from abandoning CS. I know this and I can’t wait for the next adventure.”
At the moment, it is not entirely clear who will take over his position. Over the past few weeks, Kristoffer “kristou” Aamand assisted North as a substitute on loan from AGF Esport, but he said goodbye to the team a few days ago and it is not known whether the organization will offer him a permanent engagement in this situation.
Currently, the North line-up is as follows:
- Philip “aizy” Aistrup
- Nicklas “gade” Gade
- René “cajunb” Borg
- Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen
- Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson – coach