UK esports org founders featured in Forbes 30 Under 30

kieran ilias esports forbes 30 under 30

Two UK esports organisation founders have been recognised in a Forbes 30 Under 30 list focusing on rising stars in sports and gaming across Europe.

Kieran Holmes-Darby (pictured left), co-founder and chief gaming officer at Excel Esports, and Ilias ‘Rai’ Pajoheshfar, founder and CEO at Resolve Esports (right), were included in the list.

Ilias set up Resolve in 2015, which began as a Discord community providing esports community and has grown to a full org with a League of Legends team and academy side. Resolve went undefeated in the UKLC Spring 2021 Season.

Interview: Resolve’s Ilias ‘Rai’ Pajoheshfar on going undefeated in the UKLC and wanting to be the best in Europe

Kieran set up Excel Esports in 2014 with his brother Joel and has seen the organisation go from an amateur team organisation to one of the biggest orgs in the UK, with a team in the League of Legends LEC, UK Fortnite player Wolfiez and a Valorant team that Excel recently brought on board.

There were a mix of other esports and UK-based talents featured in the 30 Under 30 list too.

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford MBE was included, who has been applauded during the pandemic for helping children from financially struggling families get access to free meals.

On the gaming side, Team Secret Dota 2 player Lasse Aukusti Urpalainen was included, as was Pontus Eskilsson, a VP at Twitch, Facebook sports media partnerships lead Anna Chanduvi, Square Enix product manager Karla Reyes, Ubisoft head of product management Aaron Morley, Daniel Stammler and Marina Ivanovic of Kalibri Games, among others.

Cloud9’s Perkz (no, not the teacher from Leicester) – the other one – was also featured.

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