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Guild Esports PLC
01 July 2021
 

Press Release

 

1 July 2021

 

Guild Esports PLC

 

("Guild Esports" or "Guild" or "the Company")

 

Sale of Fortnite pro-player

 

Guild Esports (LSE: GILD), a global team organisation and lifestyle brand, is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms for the transfer of its professional Fortnite player, Tai Starčič ('TaySon'), to a Saudi Arabia-based esports team for a transfer fee of USD$115,000.

 

TaySon joined Guild on a no-fee transfer contract in February 2021 that was due to expire in six months' time. He has now been released from the remaining term with the Company.

 

Guild's Fortnite team of European champions now consists of Henrik Mclean ('Hen'), Nikolaj Frøslev ('Flikk'), Anas El-Abd ('Anas') and Jannis Matwin ('JannisZ'). Following the transfer, the team will retain its position as the No.1-ranked Fortnite roster in Europe having held the top position in the European Fortnite Power rankings for the past six months.

 

Guild's roster of teams are all playing at the highest level in their respective divisions, being ranked No.1 in Europe for Fortnite, top ten in Europe for FIFA, top four in Europe for Rocket League and top five in Europe for Valorant. Most notably, with Guild's holistic training programme, the Rocket League team have climbed eight places in the European rankings since joining Guild, and all players have qualified to represent their respective countries (England and the Netherlands) in the Intel World Open, in association with the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Rocket League is one of the fastest-growing esports in terms of popularity and viewership numbers.

 

Kal Hourd, Chief Executive, said: "We would like to thank TaySon for his time with Guild and wish him all the best in the future. Completing this transaction demonstrates how we can monetise the value of our player talent and deliver revenue opportunities through the transfer market with players who have reached a high level in their professional development.

"Guild recently launched the Guild Academy to find and nurture new talent and is receiving incredible feedback from fans. In addition to revenue generated from the subscription-based service, top graduates of the academy will provide a pipeline of professional athletes for Guild's teams, thereby opening up further player transfer opportunities in the future."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Guild Esports


Kal Hourd

Chief Executive

Neil Thapar

Investor Relations

via Tancredi +44 207 887 7633

 

 

 

 

 +44 7876 455 323

Tennyson Securities


Corporate Broker

Peter Krens

 

+44 207 186 9030

Zeus Capital


Corporate Broker

John Goold

 

Benjamin Robertson 

 

+44 203 829 5000

Tancredi Intelligent Communication

Media Relations


Salamander Davoudi

Emma Valgimigli

Helen Humphrey

guild@tancredigroup.com

 +44 7957 549 906

+44 7727 180 873

+44 7449 226 720

 

About Guild Esports:

Guild Esports PLC is a global fan-focused team organisation and lifestyle brand that fields professional players in gaming competitions under the Guild banner. Our training academy aims to attract and nurture the best esports talent, and our goal is to provide the ultimate entertainment experience alongside a distinctive lifestyle brand authentic to the esports community worldwide. Guild is led by an experienced management team of esports veterans and co-owned by David Beckham. The Company is headquartered in the UK and its shares are listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: GILD). Please visit www.guildesports.com

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