The Counter-Strike and League of Legends teams were originally owned by RFRSH Entertainment, founded by Nikolaj Nyholm and Jakob Lund Kristensen in 2016. In July 2019, both teams were bought out and re-established under Astralis , with key members of the management team and staff transferring as well. Shortly after the separation from RFRSH, Astralis launched its FIFA team, Future FC, with the ambition to reach even broader audiences. Through the rest of 2019, a total of three players were signed on Future FC.
In December 2019, Astralis became the first publicly listed team owner in esports, as the company was listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.
Through a pioneering approach to performance and by advocating a positive, balanced lifestyle, the Astralis Performance Model has proved groundbreaking in the esports industry. The strategic performance approach is a base value throughout the organization, as well as the basis for developing all teams under a shared performance-, branding- and business- model.
In the spring of 2020, Astralis broke ground by permanently increasing the traditional five-man roster in Counter- Strike. The roster expansion is yet another strategic move from the Astralis Performance Model, allowing the players to rest and the coach to always play the five strongest cards in the tournaments.
On September 3, 2021, Astralis took over Disrupt Gaming's assets, key staff, and facilities around their Rainbow Six team to compete under the Astralis brand in Ubisoft's North American Rainbow Six League.
Astralis activities in North America are run by the newly established Astralis US Inc. in Las Vegas.
While Astralis may have pioneered the esports IPO launch, it could set the precedent for more organizations to follow suit, making way for further investment in the rapidly growing global industry. Additionally, Astralis' decision to open up shares to the public is further bolstering esports as a rival to film, music, and sports in the entertainment industry. As esports is still a relatively new field, Astralis aims to help educate the market through a continuous high level of information.
Astralis owns and operates four teams across multiple globally successful game titles, while constantly monitoring the market for new possibilities to exploit its expertise within performance optimization and brand building of competitive esports teams.
Originally known as Astralis (Counter-Strike), Origen (League of Legends), Disrupt Gaming (Rainbow Six) and Future FC (FIFA); today, all teams share the Astralis name, competing under the same flag and logo.
Founded in 2016, the original Astralis team is the most winning Counter-Strike team in history; sporting an impressive array of titles and trophies, including no less than four Major titles, three of those won back to back. Furthermore, the team holds the record for the world’s largest Counter-Strike brand per hours watched, and has a Social Media following of more than a million on the team’s official platforms. Astralis is also pioneering the global scene by increasing the roster to more than the traditional 5 players to support a healthy and competitive group of players, short term and long term.
The League of Legends team, formerly known as Origen, is one of only ten teams competing in the European franchise league, LEC. With an impressive international roster, more than a million followers on official team channels and a history stretching back to the original Origen organization from 2014, the team is a legend of the LEC.
The FIFA team, formerly known as Future FC, is likewise an internationally reaching team, sporting players from Denmark and Brazil, including some of the best players in the world and the best female player.
To champion the positive potential of gaming by providing a guiding star for aspiring gamers worldwide through example
To create a globally recognized and iconic gaming brand
Always create ambassadors of Astralis – whether fans, players or partners
We are driven by passion
The love for our craft is at the core of who we are, and we will always be passionate about winning in every aspect of our business.
We Champion Progress
We are never satisfied with status quo. We always want to push not only our own potential, but also that of esports and gaming, to become greater tomorrow than it is today.
Here to Share
We never want to simply engage; we want to engage with our stakeholders. We believe that the power of shared experiences, community and a genuine emotional connection is how we will build our brand not for our fans but with our fans.
We support our ambassadors
We want to inspire and enable everyone coming in touch with Astralis - fans, partners or players - to share our passion and journey as ambassadors building our brand.