Grant ‘Grievance’ Rousseau has joined UK esports organisation Excel as head of operations.
Grievance has a host of esports experience starting from the UK League of Legends scene three years ago (as co-founder of Last Remedy) to higher-tier organisations globally.
Notably, he’s worked as player development coach at CLG in North America and director of esports at Splyce (and later OverActive Media Group, working with Toronto Defiant and Mad Lions as well as Splyce).
We want to welcome @GrievanceGR as our new Head of Operations.
Grievance said: “Extremely excited to to say that i’ve joined Excel. Since this path began I have always said that I wanted to find ways to grow UK esports, and now that’s viable.
“Lot’s of work to do on both internal ops and the performance side, but can’t wait to crack on with it all!”
First week with @EXCEL finished. Been a long time coming but feels great to be in here and hitting in hard.
Big grind ahead, but for all the right reasons. Prep for off season beginning already! Looking forward to it all.
— Grant Rousseau (@GrievanceGR) August 9, 2019
Grievance first earnt a reputation in the UK scene for his ‘bull in a china shop’ kind of team, in his words “doing absolutely everything we can to win, no matter the cost” which included hiring players from other teams just before the roster lock.
You can have a gander at some of this in more detail here and here. It’s worth noting the UK scene has changed and developed so much since then.
Excel are up against Origen tonight (August 10th 2019) in the LEC following a defeat to Fnatic yesterday.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.