European CS:GO team c0ntact gaming have added Owen "smooya" Butterfield and Lotan “Spinx” Giladi on a trial basis, according to multiple sources close to the team. The two will step-in for Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov and Luka "emi" Vuković.
Smooya is most known for his time with BIG, helping them reach the finals of ESL One Cologne 2018 and the playoffs of the FACEIT London Major in 2018. The roster wasn’t able to continue their success internationally later in the year, which was then followed by smooya heading to the bench for six months in 2019. He would end up returning to the lineup for a short stint and then joined Chaos Esports Club at the start of 2020. His time with Chaos was also brief after running into problems acquiring a proper visa as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spinx is a 19-year-old player from Israel with little professional experience. His only recorded matches were last month with a mixed lineup called “Tikitakan.” At the moment, he is the top ranked FACEIT Pro League player for the month of August.
c0ntact have had a tough year, failing to make it out of the group stage of the first Road to Rio tournament. Then things did not improve when they narrowly missed qualifying for the cs_summit 6 event following a loss to Fnatic, which was another Road to Rio event. As a result, they are in 19th place of the Major Qualification standings for Europe.
Representatives from c0ntact Gaming declined comment.