David Beckham’s Guild Esports has announced it is entering Valorant. The Beckham backed organization has picked up a fully Swedish team, formerly known as Bonk, will consist of
· William “draken” Sundin
· Filip “Goffe” Gauffin
· Yacine “Yacine” Laghmari
· Leo “Leo” Janneson
· Malkolm “bonkar” Rench.
The first three are transitioning from CS:GO, while bonkar came over from Paladins.
The new Guild roster looks promising going into the First Strike tournaments after their second-place finish at the LVL Clash 2 Tournament. They were considered one of the best unsigned teams in Europe and, now that they have an organization to back them up, should only become more dangerous.
“Valorant is one of the most dynamic esports out there and being in Guild’s first Valorant roster is an exciting opportunity,” says Yacine. “I’m looking forward to playing my part in the future of Guild and the team. [It is] is an organization with big ambitions that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. Our team has already proved itself at a top-level and now the goal is to become world champions.”
As a UK organization with David Beckham as its face, Guild Esports has so far only signed European players and teams, and it stands to reason that that trend will continue going forward.
THE HUNT BEGINS
— Guild (@guildesports) October 21, 2020
The finalized Valorant roster marks Guild’s first step into hardcore PC-based esports, following its launch into the cross-platform Rocket League and EA Sports FIFA titles earlier this year.
Guild is developing a talent pipeline in the UK based on the traditional academy model which will see the most able players such as Valorant amateurs scouted by Guild’s talent scout network and coached by industry leaders in order to attain the skillset required to win and take their careers to the next level.
Valorant is a fast-growing esports title published by Riot Games, the renowned developer behind League of Legends. Valorant is followed by a large audience with recent tournaments reported to have recorded over one million viewers.
Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman at Guild, commented: “Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space. Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games. With these signings, Guild has established itself as a multi-disciplinary esports business and we are looking forward to fielding rosters in new games as we continue to scale and invest in our business utilising the war chest we raised in our IPO.
Valorant is an exciting esport and since its launch this year has already made a big impact on the competitive gaming ecosystem, winning over top pros from established games like Overwatch. We have high ambitions for our top-calibre team in the upcoming First Strike tournament. We are proud to welcome the players to our Guild family where we will coach and support them to become world champions.”
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