Scotland’s Liam “ThunderStruck” McCarron has won the EE Mobile Series, and in doing so, becomes a Clash Royale player for Fnatic.
Liam claimed a 3-1 victory against Jules “Bigbadjulsy” Swanson in the grand final at the BT Sport Studios last Sunday (January 20th).
The result of the final, broadcast live over Twitch and YouTube to over 31,000 esports fans, sees ThunderStruck join the Fnatic Clash Royale Academy roster.
At Fnatic, Liam will receive a full-time competitive salary, top training and his own gaming set-up.
Liam said: “The EE Mobile Series has been an unbelievable journey. I’m delighted to become the first-ever series champion, winning the opportunity to represent Fnatic – it feels unreal knowing I’ll be able to play for the Fnatic fans.”
“Fnatic famously has a long history of building up legendary players and we truly believe that we have found yet another promising prodigy in ThunderStruck.”
Wouter Sleijffers, Fnatic
Wouter Sleijffers, CEO at Fnatic, added: “The EE Mobile Series has been a fantastic chapter in the Fnatic story.
“Fnatic famously has a long history of building up legendary players and we truly believe that we have found yet another promising prodigy in ThunderStruck, who emerged the winner out of a large and highly competitive pool of players that participated in the series.
“We look forward to welcoming ThunderStruck into the Fnatic family and help him take on an exciting role as part of our academy.”
Last month, ThunderStruck beat other Brits in the UK qualifier of the separate Red Bull Mobile Esports Open (M.E.O). He will now go on to battle against players from 35 other countries in the grand finals of that tournament, which takes place in Dortmund, Germany on February 2nd and 3rd.
The news comes after Fnatic signed a jersey sponsorship deal with smartphone brand OnePlus.
Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, said: “Congratulations to ThunderStruck for a hard-fought victory in the EE Mobile Series.”
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.