Interviews

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Miss Baffy interview: ‘If somebody joins my stream and they’re sexist, I literally just tell them how much of a fucking idiot they are!’

Miss Baffy is one of the UK’s most popular League of Legends streamers, and she recently joined UK esports organisation LDN UTD. She hopped into a Discord call with Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco to discuss what the partnership will involve, nearing 100,000 followers on Twitch and how she became a streamer, including opening up on her difficult past. Congratulations on your partnership with LDN UTD. What will this involve and why did you team up with them?  Continue reading Miss Baffy interview: ‘If somebody joins my stream and they’re sexist, I literally just tell them how much of…

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Excel Esports’ former head of performance Fabian Broich launches new esports agency Achieveminds: Interview on his big goals for school lessons, his world-first masters research on esports coaching, and what he said to players like Alphari and Markoon to change their mindset on life and League of Legends

Fabian Broich is a man on a mission to change how esports players and teams think about performance, to create more role models and to better improve how people learn about the importance of sleep, health and nutrition. The former Excel Esports head of performance has just launched his own performance consultancy agency – Achieveminds – with the slogan ‘mindset matters’ and partners such as apparel firm Engelbert Strauss and supplement supplier AM Sport already on board. Continue reading Excel Esports’ former head of performance Fabian Broich launches new esports agency Achieveminds: Interview on his big goals for school lessons,…

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Interview with Biinny, the UK’s fastest Mario 64 speedrunner on beating records, GamesDoneQuick and staying motivated after playing the game for a decade: ‘Everyone gets sick of playing the same game from time to time, but my Twitch viewers keep me going’

Speedrunning and esports might have their differences, but they share that core drive to compete, to improve, to break new ground. For the UK’s fastest 70-star Super Mario 64 speedrunner, Biinny (aka Lee Whelan), patience, passion and consistency are key. Unlike the latest esports games, many of which constantly evolve with new patches, gameplay tweaks and metas, Mario 64 is the same as it was when it first launched back in 1996 on the Nintendo 64. Continue reading Interview with Biinny, the UK’s fastest Mario 64 speedrunner on beating records, GamesDoneQuick and staying motivated after playing the game for a…

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‘People miss people, there’s an appetite for live esports events to return’ – ESI co-founder Sam Cooke on the panels to watch at this week’s ESI Digital conference, the state of esports journalism and plans for physical conferences in the future

The latest ESI Digital esports business conference takes place this week from September 8th to 9th 2021, bringing together industry leaders in esports, sports and global brands to discuss and debate investment, esports ecosystems, education and more. Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco catches up with Esports Insider co-founder Sam Cooke to discuss the panels to look out for, the state of esports media and physical events returning in the future. How are preparations going ahead of ESI Digital Summer 2021? Continue reading ‘People miss people, there’s an appetite for live esports events to return’ – ESI co-founder Sam Cooke…

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Interview with Hangar 9’s Tony Ray on following London Spitfire this season and the pain of losing: ‘It’s been a process of accepting we are terrible. To have it as a competition over which team is worst… that feels bad, but we didn’t go out with a whimper. We didn’t go quiet into the sweet night. We did get one win.’

Peter Wellman sits down with Toy Ray, a community leader with Hanger 9 and talk about his experience with this season. Continue reading Interview with Hangar 9’s Tony Ray on following London Spitfire this season and the pain of losing: ‘It’s been a process of accepting we are terrible. To have it as a competition over which team is worst… that feels bad, but we didn’t go out with a whimper. We didn’t go quiet into the sweet night. We did get one win.’

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In-depth interview with Grant Rousseau, the man pulling the strings behind Guild’s esports operations: “I’m not the coach, I’m not the performance manager who is working on the psychological side or the in-game side, I’m the guy behind the scenes asking things like: What do we want to create and how do we want to put it together?”

Guild Esports have generated many headlines over the past year. From Fortnite tournament wins to sustainable esports tournaments, dividing opinion over the Guild jersey and their esports academy launch, the UK-based organisation that is famous for partnering with David Beckham have been turning heads in more ways than one. Guild’s director of esports, Grant Rousseau, is well known in UK esports from his time starting his own LoL team as well as managerial stints at big orgs Splyce and Excel Esports. Continue reading In-depth interview with Grant Rousseau, the man pulling the strings behind Guild’s esports operations: “I’m not the…

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Are 360hz gaming monitors worth it? How should you optimise G-Sync/FreeSync? New Intel processors… view our latest esports hardware video report with Alpha Beta PC

Promoted article (contains affiliate links) Each month we sit down with the experts at Alpha Beta PC, a new UK-based gaming PC provider, to review esports hardware news and info from the past month. This time we chat with Alex Theodossi to find out if expensive new 360hz gaming monitors are worth it, how to optimise for G-Sync, big news from Intel on the way around its latest processors, the newest Razer Blade laptops and more. Continue reading Are 360hz gaming monitors worth it? How should you optimise G-Sync/FreeSync? New Intel processors… view our latest esports hardware video report with…

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Six UK esports orgs merge to form Coalesce: ‘CSGO is at the forefront of our goals, we want to reach top 100 in the HLTV rankings and take that ESL Prem title from Endpoint’

Six UK-based esports team organisations have merged to form a bigger org that the founders hope will help them reach their potential. Coalesce Esports has brought together the people behind UMX, Electrify Esports, Socially Esports, Horus Esports, Peak Esports and Audacity Esports. This includes Coalesce directors Jamie Birch, Greg Brown, Jack Dickson, George Fradley, George Harris, Samuel Hollinrake, Peter Kremer, Joshua Martin, Sam Nevin, Jack Pritchard, Paul Young, Michael Owen and Fabian Rindlisbacher. Continue reading Six UK esports orgs merge to form Coalesce: ‘CSGO is at the forefront of our goals, we want to reach top 100 in the HLTV…

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‘UK Siege is the best it’s EVER been’ – G2 Kayak

British Rainbow Six Siege player Jordan ‘Kayak’ Morley has told Esports News UK that the Siege UK scene has never been as good as it is right now. The team captain for G2 Esports was speaking to ENUK’s stand-in editor Billy Studholme ahead of the 2021 Mexico Major. He said: “UK siege is the best it’s EVER been and that’s down to — in my opinion — well-ran Ubisoft UK leagues such as ESL Prem in the past and now UK and Ireland Nationals (UKIN). Continue reading ‘UK Siege is the best it’s EVER been’ – G2 Kayak

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Call of Duty star Cammy: “Whatever happens at Champs, I’m proud of my team”

Back in April, Cameron ‘Cammy’ McKilligan, a professional Call of Duty player from Scotland, was reprimanded by his organisation, Toronto Ultra, for writing the word ‘c**t’ in a tweet. To the surprise of British folks the world over, what to many Scotsmen and women is standard vernacular was taken to mean something far worse than was likely intended. “We’re building an inclusive culture,” Toronto Ultra said in a statement. “Our players and staff have the responsibility to meet those standards and live out the values of our organisation.” Cammy, the Scot, had to undergo ‘sensitivity training’ for using the word…

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‘FaZe Sway would message me at 2am, I’d get out of bed, design a thumbnail, go back to bed and wake up to another 600 followers’ – self-taught esports graphic designer MSF Medz

In the world of esports, pro players, casters and streamers are often the ones in the spotlight, but there are many key people working behind the scenes every day to bring us the content we love, whether it’s production staff, video editors, marketers and more. Graphic designers are significant too – often responsible for impressive artwork and headers on social media or YouTube thumbnails. 19-year-old Lewis ‘Medz’ Meddings is one such talented British graphic designer, who has already worked with the likes of FaZe Clan and Misfits, and caught the attention of several big players in esports. Continue reading ‘FaZe…

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In-depth interview with Foxdrop: ‘I sometimes wonder whether I’m a worse LoL caster now than when I started out, because I focus on fixing my faults rather than what made me a good caster in the first place: being kind of cheeky, kind of dumb, and very English!’

Image credit: Lolesports Flickr In the vast world of League of Legends (LoL) streamers and personalities, few are as synonymous with the British scene as Dan ‘Foxdrop’ Wyatt. The well-known streamer, jungler and content creator has also made his name as a caster after making his ESL Prem debut in early 2017, and casting the old EU LCS, to the NLC, EU Masters and the LEC. Known for his jolly persona, witty remarks and on-screen antics, it’s never a dull day when Foxdrop is given the casting reins. Continue reading In-depth interview with Foxdrop: ‘I sometimes wonder whether I’m a…

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Interview with UK Rocket League YouTuber Pickapixel on Season 4, joining Ellevens Esports and racing towards 1m subscribers

Jake Nordland sits down with UK content creator Pickapixel to discuss life as a content creator, being part of Gareth Bales’ esports org Ellevens Esports, and Rocket League Season 4. Continue reading Interview with UK Rocket League YouTuber Pickapixel on Season 4, joining Ellevens Esports and racing towards 1m subscribers

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Interview: Mark Weller from Vexed Gaming on upcoming investment rounds, playing against S1mple in his early career and going pro in a lesser-known esports title – and helping others play professionally

Vexed Gaming was founded in 2015 and started out in Counter-Strike – it’s reached two CSGO Majors in the past and has grown to become a well-known UK esports organisation in a number of titles. Chief gaming officer Mark Weller joined the company mid-2016 when Vexed was on the edge of going under, but his hard work has seen the organisation partner with the likes of Leeds United, Kappa, Cooldown Ventures and more to get it to where it is today. Continue reading Interview: Mark Weller from Vexed Gaming on upcoming investment rounds, playing against S1mple in his early career…

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Interview with Fnatic top-laner Adam: ‘I want to go to Worlds directly this season, and show the world there’s a top-laner in Europe that can match all the legends in Asia’

Image credit: Lolesports Flickr After an ultimately disappointing Spring 2021 LEC Season by Fnatic’s standards, the team made moves that shocked the European League of Legends (LoL) fanbase: letting star jungler Selfmade go, switching Bwipo to jungle and acquiring a new face from the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) in Adam ‘Adam‘ Maanane. For those who only watched the LEC, 19-year-old Adam was an enigma. For those who watched his games with Karmine Corp in the French LFL and the EU Masters, Adam was an exciting transfer. Continue reading Interview with Fnatic top-laner Adam: ‘I want to go to Worlds directly…