Today, EXCEL ESPORTS is pleased to announce the appointment of Shahin Rasti as the new Head of Partnerships. Shahin moves into esports having previously worked at sport and entertainment agency – FUSE. In his new role, Rasti will support EXCEL’s existing set of partners, bringing on new commercial partners as well as continuing to grow the organisation’s partnerships team.
With over 10 years of experience within the sports and entertainment marketing industry, Shahin specialises in the creation, strategy and activation of brand partnerships. Working with some of the largest brands and rights holders across the industry, his previous clients include the likes of Subway, Formula 1, Samsung, VISA, Arsenal FC, Santander, ASICS, Allianz and FedEX. With an increasing interest in esports from the sports industry, Shahin has also provided consultancy with esports rights holders including FACEIT, SK Gaming and the UEFA eChampions League.
Shahin will be leading the servicing of EXCEL’s existing partner portfolio, which boasts industry-leading partners including FTSE 100 companies JD Sports and EE as well as the UK’s largest food delivery platform Just Eat, through supporting and creating their core partnership strategy as well as activating and managing their contractual rights. He will also be ensuring the team is driving as much value for existing sponsors at major esports events throughout the year, starting with this year’s League of Legends European Championship Summer Split.
With an overarching vision to create the best partnership offering, platform and content creation in gaming and esports, Shahin will work on bringing in new commercial partners, making sure that all brands EXCEL works with will drive value for the organisation in both the short and long term but also engage with its community in a meaningful and effective way. He will also lead a continuously growing partnerships team, making sure the organisation develops and recruits the best talent within the industry. Shahin’s appointment follows a recent string of new hires for the organisation’s commercial team, including new Partnerships Executive, Sara Leghari.
Shahin Rasti, EXCEL ESPORTS new Head of Partnerships comments: “I’m excited to be joining EXCEL as their new Head of Partnerships. It felt like the right time to move into the ever growing esports space and EXCEL’s journey and vision really stood out to me. The organisation are doing things the right way; with the Power of Better manifesto and building the brand authentically, which continues to resonate and attract a multitude of fans. This strong cultural growth has attracted some of the largest brands in sponsorship, so I am really excited to be a part of the team!”
Mark Carter, Commercial Director at EXCEL ESPORTS comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Sha to the EXCEL family. Sha’s experience working in leading agencies and with major UK and international brands, will be pivotal in how EXCEL develops, articulates and activates its partner propositions as we continue our expansion in the UK and beyond.”
Results: 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships
Even with load shedding causing frustration among both athletes and officials alike, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was able to still host a verys successful championship were all participants were able to compete and, most of all, have fun.
With the “competent” South African government stating that South Africa will have load shedding for the next two years, MSSA is already reviewing its policies in regard to load shedding and its online championships.
Load shedding has a huge impact on esports, and may end up causing online console and pc gaming to become elitist as only those who are substantially financially advantaged will be able to compete. It may also result in mobile esports becoming more popular.. A continuous and consistent electricity supply is vital to South Africa developing as a major esports nation.
Nevertheless, MSSA is more than happy with the results from the 2023 Northern Cape Championships.
There were no less than seven (7) provinces represented, and more importantly, there were more females participating since 2020. Of the 22 athletes who earned Provincial Colours, 7 of such athletes are females.
Special mention must be made of Karli Roodt (Middelburg Hoërskool) who is the first female champion in the esports title of Rocket League to earn Mpumalanga Provincial colours. Karli also qualifies for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team.
The female esports team, VYBN Females, also had a good showing in the CSGO esports title. The team has now earned Provincial colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team. Of course, CSGO is just one of the six titles which MSSA has entered to contest at IESF’s 15th World Championships.
IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:
- Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
- Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) – Female division
- DotA 2
- Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
- Tekken 7
The winners of the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships are:
|Title||Name of player/team||Club||Colours awarded|
|Clash of Clans||Martin Venter||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom||North West|
|Clash Royale – Premier||John Kim||Middies||Mpumulanga|
|Clash Royale – Premier – Female||Leone Loftus||Masters of Mind Sports||Free State|
|Clash Royale||Tshwarelo Tshwane||Knights Mind Sports Club|
CS:GO – Premier
|Josh Chapman||Western Cape|
|Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez||Western Cape|
|Michael de Villiers||Western Cape|
|Josh Orelowitz||Western Cape|
CS:GO – Premier – Female
|Paula van Vuuren||Western Cape|
|Rialet van Jaarsveld||Gauteng|
|FIFA 23 – Premier||Antonie Botes||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom||North West|
PUBGM – Premier
|Sulaimaan Musthan||KwaZulu Natal|
|Richard Henry||Eastern Cape|
|Rocket League – Premier||Nick Matzopoulos||ZAG Academy||Western Cape|
|Rocket League – Premier – Female||Karli Roodt||Middies||Mumulanga|
|Rocket League – High Schools||Maree van der Merwe||Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom|
|Tekken 7||Jonathan Brown||Team Playbell||Western Cape|
|Sportsmanship Award||Desiree Botha||Middies|
Guild Esports pro-player has $1 million MrBeast win verified
Guild Esports, a global teams organisation and lifestyle brand, has confirmed that Fortnite pro-player, Anas El-Abd (‘Anas’), has had his $1 million MrBeast Fortnite competition win verified by organisers Epic Games and Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson – a YouTube personality with the fourth-biggest channel on YouTube and more than 125 million subscribers.
Anas’ victory in the ‘MrBeast’s Extreme Survival Challenge’, which took place on 17 December 2022, has cemented his position as one of the top Fortnite players competing globally at a professional level.
When Anas joined Guild in 2021, he brought with him experience of the European pro scene, having played Fortnite since 2017. Anas has qualified for the game’s flagship Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Finals 14 times over the space of four years and 13 seasons, with this latest MrBeast accolade adding to his already impressive track record.
The MrBeast tournament victory from Anas rounded off a highly successful year of competition for Guild Esports and its players in 2022, with notable wins across the RL EMEA Predator League 2022, Game Changers EMEA Series 3, Fortnite Champion Series, EA Sports FIFA 22 eChampions League and the MrBeast Challenge.
In 2023, Guild is one of the leading organisations remaining committed to Fortnite competitions, with previous Fortnite tournament victories including four FNCS titles, Gamers8 – No Build, and the recent MrBeast Extreme Survival Challenge. Guild’s current Fortnite duo Anas and Henrik Mclean (‘Hen’) are also trialling playing together. Hen brings three FNCS trophies to the partnership, while Anas has one of the most consistent and highest average placement positions.
Jasmine Skee, CEO of Guild Esports, commented: “Many congratulations to Anas, who has proven yet again that he is among the world’s best Fortnite players. We are delighted by his success, which underscores the exceptional talent within Guild’s teams. Winning tournaments, reaching ever-larger audiences and gaining new fans, supports our ongoing growth as a leading global esports organisation. We can’t wait to see how Anas and Hen get on this year collaborating further and playing as a duo for Guild.”
Anas El-Abd (‘Anas’), Fortnite player at Guild Esports, commented: “Winning the MrBeast Challenge is one of my best accomplishments since playing Fortnite. Moving forward I will be focusing on tournaments with myself and Hen. We are doing pretty well playing together now, we are both good players and were both looking for a duo, so it makes sense to try it out.”
The World’s Biggest Esports Stars Train at Kinguin’s Cutting-Edge Esports Performance Center in Warsaw – Summary of 2022
In 2022, 66 bootcamps and 20 special events were held at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center in Warsaw – the state-of-the-art esports training center for players and teams in Europe.
Kinguin EPC is where the best teams in the world train to prepare for tournaments across key esports titles including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2, FIFA, Rocket League, Fortnite, VALORANT and Rainbow Six: Siege.
2022 in numbers:
- Number of bootcamps: 66
- Number of events: 20
- Longest stays: Misfits Premier – 116 days, X7 – 88 days
- The largest bootcamp: Seven Goats – 25 people
- Guests who visited EPC the most: Anonymo (6 bootcamps), Imperial (5), NAVI Javelins (4)
2022 was a thrilling year at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center being used by leading teams including Tundra Esports players, who in the following months won The Dota 2 International and FaZe Clan – winners of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2022. The center was also visited by teams such as Imperial, Renegades, Team Falcons, MOUZ, AGO, OG, TYLOO, MIBR, NAVI, SKADE, Acend, Wisła Kraków, Anonymo, Excel, Exeed, TSM and Pasha Gaming Camp.
Paweł Książek, Head of Kinguin Esports Performance Center, said: “The Kinguin Esports Performance Center was created with the best teams in the world in mind and last year showed the importance of the EPC to esports players and teams. It is an honor to host some of the biggest esports teams and legends including the winners of the most prestigious tournaments.”
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Kinguin has been actively helping people affected by the conflict. The Kinguin Esports Performance Center is open to all Ukrainian esports players and their families free of charge. To date, it has hosted almost 30 people, and its doors are still open to Ukrainian people in need of support.
Kinguin EPC hosted 20 industry events in 2022 including SkillFactor, a talent show where young esports players competed against each other in CS:GO, Deluxe Ski Jump 2 tournament powered by Rockstar Energy Drinks, Esports Skills Camp, modern gaming colonies and practical classes in esports for the University of Physical Culture and Tourism in Pruszków.
Other key events include Intel Overclocking Masters, journalistic competitions in spinning processors, as well as broadcasts from Kinguin Legends, the world’s first tournament featuring the biggest stars in the history of the CS:GO scene.
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