Introducing Fnatic Academy: CSGO
Posted 2016-08-23 Lepertum
Today, we are thrilled to announce that a new team is joining our ranks in the form of Fnatic Academy: CS:GO. In the past, we have often invested in up-and-coming talent with great success and we believe that Fnatic Academy is the platform we need to accelerate the development of young and ambitious players even more. Fnatic Academy has the full support of our Pro Gaming department, who will provide them with the experience and expertise they need to succeed. Initially, the team will focus on online tournaments but over time and with further progress they will be looking to endeavour into LAN tournaments. Please join us in welcoming the players and coach of Fnatic Academy!
Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen (Entry Fragger)
Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovic (AWP)
Alex “Karus” Saglamoglu (Entry Fragger / Secondary AWP)
Linus “Bååten” Andersson (Defensive Support)
Maikil “GOLDEN” Selim (In-Game Leader)
Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson (Coach and Manager)
PlesseN will be recognized by Fnatic fans as he replaced Olofmeister during his absence earlier this year. The remainder of the squad has already been successful in semi-professional teams and most of the players have competed together on previous occasions. Coach Samuelsson is a former CS 1.6 semi-pro and brings an analytical mind to the table as well as a successful track record coaching CS:GO.
When looking for a roster, our main goal was to find very talented players with the right mindset and dedication, who have the potential to become a pro player in the future. The team was scouted and hand-picked by Andreas after watching countless hours of games and demos of a wide range of players. Eventually, the team was picked based on their positions and chemistry during recent tryouts.
We are very excited and can’t wait to start this new chapter of our CS:GO legacy! Below you’ll find statements by CGO Patrik “cArn” Sättermon and our Academy coach, Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson.
Patrik “cArn” Sättermon
Counter-Strike has always been a fundamental part of Fnatic and its competitive side has given our organisation so much excitement, joy and pride. It’s safe to say that neither us as a business or eSports overall would be where we are today if it wasn’t for CS. Our decade long involvement in the respective CS titles have taught us so many valuable lessons that we have applied across our business on a daily basis.
Today we are pleased to announce our latest CS venture: Fnatic Academy CS:GO. We have identified what we believe is some of the most talented and hard working players in Europe, and from today onwards these individual will form one of the strongest semi-professional teams, whch we as an organisation will support in their journey towards becoming the eSports stars of tomorrow.
I want to use opportunity to welcome Niclas, Aleksandar, Alex, Linus, Maikil and Andreas to the Fnatic family and we wish you the biggest GLHF we possibly can!
Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson
I’m very thankful and proud to be part of the Fnatic family. I started following Fnatic in 2006 during my early eSports years when they still had the legendary line-up of cArn, Dsn, Tentpole, Archi, and Forest and I have been a huge Fnatic fan ever since.
The Academy Team is an exciting project which includes five of the best young talents in Europe. All five players have the potential to become great pro players with the right dedication and motivation. Our goal is to gain as much experience as possible this year, both online and offline and finally qualify for a Major in late 2017. I’m confident that we can achieve that goal together. I also want to give a big shout out to Patrik “cArn” Sättermon and Fnatic for their full support.
Fnatic Academy will be competing in the ECS Season 2 Qualifier on Saturday. Meanwhile, you can watch our players live on the Fnatic Twitch channel to get a taste of things to come. The team will be also bootcamping in September in preparation of upcoming tournaments.