UK-based esports organisation Guild Esports took home their first major esports trophy at the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) European Grand Finals.
Guild’s Fortnite pro player Hen, who joined last December, formed part of the trio that secured the number one spot, and $300,000 in winnings.
Flikk & Anas, Guild’s other Fortnite players, also formed part of the trio that took second place, securing $210,000, while TaySon’s trio secured eighth place and $60,000 in winnings.
The final standings meant all four members of Guild’s Fornite Roster secured a top 10 finish.
The top three teams also secured automatic qualification for next season’s grand finals. This means that should they remain with their trios, Hen, Flikk and Anas have already booked their spots.
In a climax to Fornite Chapter 2 Season 5, Hen’s trio fought off competition from some of the best Fornite players in Europe to secure Guild its first major esports trophy, with 311 points achieved over the course of 12 games, which included three outright victories.
It’s a big occasion for Guild Esports, who since launching in June 2020 with David Beckham, have signed and developed a host of esports talent over the past year, including players, coaches, content creators and other staff.
Grant Rousseau, Guild’s director of esports, commented: “We are just so proud of all the players for this win – but also the coaches and staff behind the scenes who help to make the magic happen. We set ourselves a goal at Guild to achieve our first major trophy this year, so to make that goal a reality is a really important milestone in our history.
“Exciting nights like these are why all of us are involved in esports. We are still young as an organisation, but we have big ambitions to be the best esports team in the scene.
“This FNCS major is the first step, and now we have our sights firmly set on achieving more major success in both Fortnite, and our other competitive titles Valorant, FIFA and Rocket League.”
Carleton Curtis, executive chairman at Guild, added: “Our mission is to build a culture of excellence in everything we do, and it’s been really exciting to see our players take on that mindset from training, into the Fornite field with this major win.
“At Guild, we have a big focus on nurturing the best talent in esports, and we’re looking forward to continuing to develop our athletes and achieve more success in the near 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.