Esports movers and shakers in March 2020
The esports industry is growing by effectively every metric and so too are the companies and organisations that inhabit it; with this comes new employment opportunities and promotions. With coronavirus affecting how most companies are operating, there are changes on that front also.
Now that Esports Insider is keeping track of the key personnel changes in the industry, we will compile the biggest personnel developments each month. Here are the esports movers and shakers for March 2020.
UYU hires Nicholas “Ashes” Ridgeway as General Manager
North American organisation UYU hired Nicholas “Ashes” Ridgeway as its General Manager.
Ashes also remains as coach of his long-standing Gears of War roster, which was also signed by UYU. He will support UYU’s roster of fighting game competitors and Call of Duty roster, as well as its newly-signed Gears of War team and content creators.
Toby “TobiWan” Dawson boards Code Red as Head of Broadcast Talent
Esports commentator Toby “TobiWan” Dawson joined UK-based esports agency Code Red Esports as Head of Broadcast Talent.
TobiWan will represent the broadcast talent signed by Code Red Esports, carrying out duties such as sourcing and booking work, expanding the agency’s roster of talent, and developing the talent hiring solution that it offers to tournament organisers and publishers.
Mark Jacobs joins TSM as VP of Digital Sales for Blitz
North American organisation TSM announced the appointment of Mark Jacobs as the Vice President of Digital Sales for Blitz.
With over 15 years of experience in media sales, Jacobs will assist the execution of new strategic initiatives within Blitz. He previously served as the Senior Managing Director, Digital Sales for Robb Report, overseeing digital sales and established partnerships. Prior to that role, he held roles at Vertical Mass, Complex, and Break Media.
Jen Neale joins The Story Mob as Communications Strategist
Jen Neale left Immortals Gaming Club (IGC) to join international esports consultancy The Story Mob as Communications Strategist.
Neale had worked at IGC since 2017, where she was the Public Relations & Communications Manager. In January 2019, she also added the role of Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer to her responsibilities at the organisation.
Jon Tuck boards Immortals Gaming Club as CCO
North American organisation Immortals Gaming Club found its Chief Commercial Officer in Jon Tuck.
Tuck will be responsible for revenue streams such as sponsorship, media sales, merchandise, and live events. Before joining Immortals Gaming Club, he spent over three years at NASCAR. Starting as Chief Revenue Officer of NASCAR Digital Media in 2016, he also assumed responsibility for NASCAR itself in 2018 before departing in February this year.
Splyce co-founder Marty Strenczewilk departs OverActive Media
Marty Strenczewilk, Co-founder and former CEO of Splyce, announced his departure from OverActive Media.
He had held the role of Senior Vice President of Team Operations at the company for just over a year. Strenczewilk explained that he would “take some time to refocus” and see what his next move would be, “both in gaming & outside of it.” He had taken months to consider the move, ultimately deciding that he’s “ready for a new challenge.”
André Fläckel to head up esports at Infront
Sports marketing company Infront hired André Fläckel to head up its gaming and esports department.
Fläckel joined Infront from fellow sports marketing firm Lagardère Sports, where he co-founded its esports division. Fläckel will report directly to Christian Müller, Senior Vice President People, Innovation & Corporate Services.
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