Cloud9 Esports is a premier esports organization in the world. It currently fields twelve professional teams in eleven different games. Cloud9’s reach remains impressive – generating more viewer hours than cable networks like CNN or ESPN. In 2017 Nielson recognized Cloud9 as the most recognized esports brand in the US and UK. Cloud9 is one of two organizations globally to own franchises in both the League of Legends LCS and the Overwatch League. Cloud9’s investors include Founders Fund, Valor, WWE, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, David Sacks and NFL legend Joe Montana.
Cloud9 has its roots in the League of Legends team of Orbit Gaming, which had several current C9 team members. The company entered the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene on August 1, 2014, with their acquisition of compLexity Gaming's North American roster.