Guild Esports (Guild), the esports org headquartered in London and co-owned by David Beckham, have announced their entry into FIFA esports.
Guild have signed top-ranked professional player Niklas ‘NRaseck’ Raseck ahead of the launch of FIFA 21, the latest game in the series that arrives in October.
Raseck, aged 21 from Germany, previously played for Rogue. Guild say he’s competed in three FIFA eWorld Cup competitions, ranked second-place on Xbox FIFA 20 and achieved the second-highest prize earnings in FIFA 20.
Guild are developing a talent pipeline in the UK based on the traditional academy model, which will see players like NRaseck ‘coached and nurtured by industry leaders in order to attain the skillset required to win and take their careers to the next level’.
Guild said in a press release: “NRaseck will undergo a holistic and expertly calibrated regimen that emphasises physical and mental fitness as part of Guild’s academy program, with the aim of taking him all the way to winning a FIFA eWorld Cup.”
The news comes after Guild signed top UK Rocket League talent in Scrub Killa, Noly and Gregan.
NRaseck said: “I’ve liked the idea behind Guild from the start. The executive team is building something substantial and they have a sophisticated strategy. David Beckham was also a factor in my joining Guild as he is a testament to what dedication in sport can achieve.
Carleton Curtis, executive chairman at Guild, commented: “The growing FIFA competitive scene is fast establishing itself as one of the most popular esports spaces, garnering millions of fans and viewers globally. Guild are proud to be a part of what FIFA esports has to offer fans and NRaseck has our full confidence in realising this. We look forward to working with him, helping him reach his best as an athlete in what is a truly exciting sport.
“It is also great to welcome a new player into the Guild family as we build our multidisciplinary esports business and include FIFA esports under the Guild banner.”
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.