Former Rogue Overwatch players Benjamin "uNKOE" Chevasson and Terence "SoOn" Tarlier will sign with Immortals' unnamed Los Angeles Overwatch League team just hours after being released into free agency, sources close to the players and the organization told ESPN.
Immortals also signed former NRG Esports tank Seb "numlocked" Barton, according to sources. The three players are expected to settle all agreements and be approved by the Overwatch League and its officials ahead of the Oct. 30 transfer period deadline.
The verbal agreements with uNKOE and SoOn come after the two players were released into free agency on Sunday morning. Rogue had previously attempted to participate in the Overwatch League or sell the contracts of its roster to multiple league teams, sources said. Both of those efforts failed, with the long-tenured Overwatch organization terminating its contracts with the roster instead.
Whether Immortals opts to remove any of its lineup in favor of these three players is undetermined, sources said. Starting lineups for the teams do not have to be set for the league preseason until Dec. 6 -- with Jan. 10 for the regular season. Teams are required to field a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 players total.
Immortals' Overwatch lineup saw success in the summer as one of the best teams in North America, clinching that title with an Overwatch Contenders Season Zero victory. The team has struggled to repeat that success since then and finished in sixth place below the likes of Team Envy, FaZe Clan, FNRGFE and Rogue.
Immortals acquired the rights to a Los Angeles-based Overwatch League franchise spot for $20 million in July as one of the initial six buyers in the league. The team is expected to run another financing round in the coming weeks and months, sources familiar with the raise told ESPN.
The organization has previously acquired venture capital backing from a number of high-profile executives and companies, including venue operation behemoth AEG, Lionsgate Films, Memphis Grizzlies co-owner Stephen Kaplan and Linkin Park's Machine Shop Ventures.