Kristoffer "Kristou" Aamand joined North's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster on loan Friday, stepping in for Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye while he recovers from an unspecified medical condition.
The 18-year-old CS:GO rookie Kristou joins from the Danish esports organization AGF Esports, for whom he has played since May 2018. He began practicing with North for DreamHack Masters Spring 2020.
"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to play with North as a stand-in," Kristou said in a statement. "It's going to be great getting experience with and against higher tier players."
North's head of esports operations Graham Pitt said the team chose Kristou based on careful study of the young talent in the Scandinavian region, aiming to choose a player the team could develop.
"When it became apparent that we would need a short term substitute due to Kjaerbye's unfortunate situation, we wanted to take the opportunity to look at the future and use a young and developing talent," he said in a statement.
"Among the many players that were at the top of our metrics, further analysis from our coaching team lead to Kristou standing out as a player that had the qualities that we desired for the role we were looking to fill."
"We are looking forward to seeing him play during our run in Dreamhack Masters."