UK esports organisation Excel Esports has announced the signing of UK Fortnite player Jacob ‘Verox’ Gilbert (pictured).
Verox will be joined by Freeman ‘FreeMedou’ Williams, a content creator at Excel who has been promoted to the role of Fortnite manager.
Verox joins Excel with a long list of Fortnite accolades including appearances in seven FNCS finals, a third-place finish in Season X as well as a top place finish at Dreamhack Open Solo finals, and 10 top placements in Fortnite Cash Cups. His first tournament under the Excel brand will be the Fortnite Championship Series Chapter 2 Season 7 event starting on July 29th 2021.
The pair join Excel’s existing Fortnite player, Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman, who arrived at Excel last year.
Since signing with Excel, Wolfiez has received top place finishes at multiple tournaments, most notably second place at Fortnite Champion Series Invitational where he took home $125,000 in prize money.
Elsewhere in Fortnite, Excel signed Tottenham Hotspur footballer and gamer Dele Alli as its global ambassador. Dele’s enthusiasm for Fortnite is known amongst his fans, often using it to unwind and celebrate some of his goals by performing Fortnite dances.
“At Excel we are committed to nurturing the best talent so when the opportunity to sign a home-grown player like Verox came up we knew we had to take it,” commented Kieran Holmes-Darby, co-founder and chief gaming officer at Excel Esports.
“Verox is an extremely talented individual and has shown an incredible amount of consistency over recent periods. Fortnite is a fantastic game title that is constantly changing, keeping it fresh for viewers of the competitive side of the game and I can’t wait to see Verox rocking the XL tag at his next tournament.”
Jacob ‘Verox’ Gilbert added: “What drew me to signing with Excel was knowing that they have a great performance coaching structure and facilities where I can practice. I am also looking forward to growing as a player and working with Excel to create some great content to share with my fans.”
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.