October 20, 2019
Today Cloud9 announces that we mutually part ways with Soham valens Chowdhury. Joining Cloud9 in February 2017, valens was pivotal in the Cloud9 CS:GO success through the 2017 iBUYPOWER Masters, 2017 ESL One: Cologne, and the 2018 Boston Major.
Throughout the ebb and flow of roster movements, valens played a crucial role in recruiting and vetting players. Valens veteran experience and leadership lended to him leading in more ways than just a coach and analyst; valens had always sought ways to provide those around him with a strong foundation to build on. All of us here at Cloud9 want to thank valens for his unshakable work ethic, dedication, and leadership which will always hold a special place in our hearts.
It has been a pleasure working alongside some of the brightest and hardest-working minds in esports. Thanks to Jack, Paullie, and Dan for welcoming me with open arms, and seeing the benefit of getting a little more scientific in our approach to esports. Coaching was actually supposed to be a temporary position for me but it turned into something greater. We won the major, we had roster issues, we lost out at the minor qualifiers, and we started again from scratch. I plan to keep pushing the envelope when it comes to esports analytics and hope to be a part of the innumerable number of folks dedicated to turning this industry into a sustainable, ethical, and exciting one. Thank you, Cloud9 fans and family, for all the love you’ve shown me. We’ve made history and I fully expect all of our teams will continue to do so.Shout outs to Tim, Tarik, Stewie, Rush, Skadoodle, Flusha, Golden, David, Jonathan and Danan. You guys are the real MVPs. If you are interested in learning more about the work I did at Cloud9 or have any business inquiries, feel free to reach out via Twitter DM (@valens).
Soham “valens” Chowdhury
Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into Cloud9 CS:GO over the past few years. It’s been a pleasure learning from you about the game and I wish you the best of luck in whatever comes next!
Jonathan Tran, Cloud9 CS:GO General Manager
We’ve accomplished incredible things with Soham and I’m confident he will continue to find success in his future endeavors.
Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Owner
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