Esports Movers and Shakers: October 2021

Each month, ESI compiles the period’s most significant esports movers and shakers. October’s round-up features personnel changes from the likes of Team Vitality, Riot Games, Fnatic, CLG and Complexity Gaming, among others. 

Here are the key esports movers and shakers from October 2021. To read more about a story below, click the link in the corresponding title.

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Pokimane announced as RTS Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

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Talent management and brand consulting company RTS has officially launched with one of its co-founders being revealed as streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys.

As well as being the consultancy’s co-founder, Anys will serve as the RTS’s Chief Creative Officer. According to the release, RTS’s goal is to ‘fix what is broken’ when it comes to talent management and brand partnerships in the gaming and esports industry.

Duy Nguyen appointed Head of Business Development for Team Vitality

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French esports organisation Team Vitality has appointed Duy Nguyen, formerly of AS Monaco, as its new Head of Business Development.

Nguyen will be tasked with building relationships with the organisation’s partners, alongside growing Team Vitality’s revenue. Nguyen comes from a varied traditional sports background, spanning across football and basketball at the highest national and international levels.

Riot Games promotes Naz Aletaha to Global Head of League of Legends Esports

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Game publisher Riot Games has promoted Naz Aletaha to the role of Global Head of League of Legends Esports.

In her new role, Aletaha will be responsible for creating and executing League of Legends esports’ vision, strategy, and roadmap. This includes overseeing the title’s 12 regional leagues and three international events.

Jonathon McDaniel appointed General Manager of CLG League of Legends team

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North American esports organisation CLG has named Jonathon McDaniel as the General Manager for its League of Legends team. 

Prior to joining CLG, McDaniel served as the Assistant General Manager of Golden Guardians. In his previous role at the Golden Guardians, McDaniel was responsible for scouting and developing League of Legends talent.

Fnatic hires Stuart Brown as Esports Operations Lead

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London-based organisation Fnatic has appointed Stuart Brown, formerly of The Football Association (FA), as its first Esports Operations Lead

According to a release, the newly created role intends to provide all of Fnatic’s rosters with ‘best-in-class team management’. Brown joins the organisation after 12 years working with The FA as a member of its backroom staff for the England national team.

Complexity Gaming bolsters backroom staff with new hires

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North American esports organisation Complexity Gaming has announced three new hires as the company looks to bolster its expansion efforts.

John Williams and Michael Zervos have joined the organisation as its new Art Director and Director of Video Content, respectively. Moreover, Bee Yancey has been hired as Complexity’s Director of Partnerships.

Prodigy Agency announces new hires for North American team

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Esports representation agency Prodigy Agency has announced three new hires as the company looks to strengthen its position in North America.

Angela ‘woori’ Yang and Taylor ‘Tailored’ Broomall have joined the agency as Prodigy’s North American LoL Coordinator & Agent, and FPS Coordinator & Agent, respectively. Meanwhile, Amir Fallah has been named as the agency’s North America Sales and Partnerships Officer.

Galaxy Racer promotes Walid Singer to Chief of Staff

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Dubai-based organisation Galaxy Racer has appointed Walid Singer as its Chief of Staff. 

As part of his new role, Singer will be responsible for advising and supporting the organisation’s array of divisions. Previously Galaxy Racer’s Head of Marketing, Singer was a part of the organisation’s ‘core team’. 

MTG appoints Daniel Frechen as Head of M&A and Strategy

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Swedish holding company Modern Times Group (MTG) has announced the hiring of Daniel Frechen as the new Head of M&A and Strategy. 

According to the release, Frechen’s new role will be directly tied to leading new mergers and growth. Moreover, the hiring is directly tied to the company’s ‘buy-and-build’ growth strategy.

Göran Syberg Falguera joins GOALS as Co-founder and CTO

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Göran Syberg Falguera has announced that he will be joining GOALS, an ‘esports-ready’ free-to-play football game, as a Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Falguera announced the move via LinkedIn, with the DICE Senior Software Engineer officially joining the company in November.

Roy Anderson appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Allied Esports Entertainment

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Esports entertainment company Allied Esports Entertainment has appointed Roy Anderson as its Chief Financial Officer.

Anderson joins the company after Anthony Hung resigned from the role in September 2021. Prior to joining Allied Esports Entertainment, Anderson was a partner at international accounting firm Mazars. 

ESL promotes Andreas Jernberg to Managing Director of ESL Nordics

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Esports tournament organiser ESL has announced the promotion of Andreas Jernberg to Managing Director of ESL Nordics.

Through his new role, Jernberg will take on responsibility for ESL’s products in the Nordic market, including the two original DreamHack festivals Summer and Winter.

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