Premier League club Wolves has appointed Michael Moriarty, aka DuckMoriarty, as its new esports manager.
Duck has a raft of experience in UK esports. He started out as a writer in 2015, and has worked for the likes of UKCSGO, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Acer, Esports Insider, HLTV, Dust2.us, ESL and more.
He went on to work as a manager for UK esports organisation Reason Gaming, when they were in the now-defunct Gfinity Elite Series. Duck joined for season two, and saw Reason go from a bottom-table org to Rocket League and Overall Franchise champions.
For the past two years, Duck has been at Pinnacle managing content, producing interviews with players, copywriting and editing content.
Today he started his new job with Wolves.
Duck told Esports News UK: “I’m glad to start this opportunity I’ve been given to help build out the esports division with the club, starting with the strong foundations we’ve made with Rocket League and FIFA in the West.
“We’ve got a strong, iconic brand that backs us up as a progressive, forward thinking club, and we plan to make this a success!”
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Duck will report in to Russell Jones, Wolves’ general manager for marketing and commercial growth.
Last summer, Russell told Esports News UK in an interview about Wolves’ esports activities: “Our journey has been eye opening and exciting. We identified esports as a way to extend the Wolves brand outside of football and geographically outside of Wolverhampton.
“We are very lucky at Wolves to have a chairman that understands the value and potential of esports and a wider brand architecture of a sports and entertainment business. Other clubs may not be in the same position, particularly given market entry can be expensive and immediate return on investment is far from guaranteed.
“We genuinely believe with the right partners, commitment and ambition, Wolves esports has the potential to eclipse our football pillar in the future.”
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.