As we keep on evolving the time has come for another roster change in our CSGO squad.
The first action of our ongoing roster change means that Blagoi “oxygeN” Dimitrov has been benched. With that he is looking to explore potential offers out there and we will do our part to facilitate it.
“I personally think that any team out there looking for firepower and a young player that can be molded need to get tuned in on this opportunity. We had to prioritize a different role to take the next step in our squad, but that does not take away from the raw skill of oxygeN at all. Hopefully interested teams will not hesitate to reach out and find out what he has to offer.” – Head of esports, Kim-Erik “ZarotaN” Aanes
“I am looking to explore options from any team and any region. The future still has a lot in store for me and my journey is just getting started.” – Blagoi “oxygeN” Dimitrov
For anyone interested in exploring this opportunity, feel free to reach out to our head of esports Kim-Erik Aanes via email firstname.lastname@example.org or for a more casual chat on discord Zarotan#2804.
After an incredible weekend our amazing Call of Duty Mobile squad can claim their title as Brazil’s number one team and gear up for worlds!
For the past month the guys have been bootcamping to make sure they were as ready as could be for the final stage of the qualifiers. During the camp they have shown impressive form and as the main event came close there seemed to be no stopping them.
As the qualifier started it quickly became clear for anyone watching that the guys were as hungry as they seemed. After 3 solid matches the guys won the upper bracket and with that they had already secured their spot in Worlds. The grand final brought them the only loss they had in the qualifier as they fell to the Mexican powerhouse that is Zygnus esports.
We joined the war and came out victorious after a really solid run throughout the tournament!
The guys came our of their player break ready to fight and IronWar Grand Prix was the first piece of action they got. In a fairly stacked tournament the guys got a perfect startup after some relaxation.
In a solid perfomance they closed out the group stages with a 3 – 1 score after taking down teams such as INDE Irae, B8 and BEZ ZP.
When the playoffs came around the guys were already tuned in and there was little doubt what goal they had set. With a solid perfomance of 7 – 1 in maps and a crushing 3 – 0 final against AGO. The guys were victorious and could celebrate yet another tournament win!
Season 2 has already been announced and we are ready to defend the title when the time comes!
As the evolution of SKADE continues we are now finally ready to implement our first administrative changes. The time has come to help tune people into the roles where they excel at their tasks and thrive to continue our growth.
Firstly, we have a new CEO in place as Morten Skaland steps up to the task. Morten is a hungry and driven 23-year-old hunter. He is fresh out of his bachelor studies at BI Norwegian Business school. Even though he is fresh out of school he already has two years working in the Norwegian agency for public and financial management and he is about to journey into a master’s in business administration. With this hungry hunter in the administrative seat, we will be running a tight pack and he will build structure where needed.
I am humble and motivated to take on the task to lead this organization. Skade has shown incredible growth lately, in this up and coming industry. We have a strong team, and together we are going to keep on developing and taking Skade to new heights.
Just as importantly we have now found our new (and first) CMO in Cornelius Hjort. Cornelius is a 25-year-old hunter and comes from Oslo, Norway. Cornelius is educated within ICT and engineering at the Norwegian university of science and technology and business at BI Norwegian business school. Cornelius’ marketing experience comes from his job at Red Bull where Cornelius works with marketing, mainly towards students at Norwegian universities, but also with festivals and sporting events. One initiative Cornelius has gained experience from the esports industry is the global Valorant tournament Red Bull Campus Clutch.
Esports was in many ways something completely new for me when we embarked on this endeavor. It was not long before I realized the enormous potential esports holds in general, and SKADE in particular. I look immensely towards getting to know all of you and together hunt for glory on the quest to make SKADE the next major house globally
These two amazing additions there will also be changes for our former CEO, Kim-Erik “Zarotan” Aanes. He now goes fully into the role as founder where he will help develop the totality of SKADE as a brand. More importantly he will also take on the role as Head of esports, a role he has had as a sidenote to everything else so far. Now that he can dedicate his full attention to this role the sky is the limit for our teams. Expect to see updates from us with new ideas, new game titles and innovation on many levels.
I am super excited to finally be able to turn my focus 100% to what I have always had a goal of working with. I’ve already managed to establish a proven track record in terms of drafting teams, players and getting to where we want. Now I can focus on taking it to the next level and continue building the dream organization we set out to create when we first started.
After only one season in ESEA Advanced we are once again ready for Premier!!
We were fortunate enough to find a way back into ESEA Advanced after the disastrous ruling that cost us our MDL spot two seasons ago. There was however no doubt that the guys deserved to play on a higher level.
With a main season ending in a 12 – 4 score in matches we secured our spot in the playoffs. As we ventured into the playoffs we did not get the start we had planned for and took a hit against bankaPEPSI. This took us to the lower bracket, but they guys were hungry and fought their way back up and secured relegation matches. They even got payback against bankaPEPSI on their way there.
As we learned who the teams in the relegation matches would be, the preperations started. And it quickly became clear to anyone watching that the guys had no plans what so ever of losing. With a clean sweep going 2 – 0 against both APEKS and Sprout the boys are now back!!
Now the journey to the next level can start and the idea is to reproduce our amazing run from MDL, before things turned out the way they did.
“Being back in Premier just after one season of advanced feels great. We all were very motivated to get back into premier after getting disqualified insubstantially. Hope we can show great results in the next season and maybe even qualify for pro league!” – Viktor “Duplicate” Mitev
“Were so happy that we managed to gain our slot in ESEA Premier after only 1 season in Advanced. All the players put everything on the table for this relegation tournament and we showed that in the server. Both games vs Apeks and Sprout we had full control on the match even when we were in very bad position on dust2 vs Sprout. Its very important for the team and our organization to put 1 more tournament like ESEA Premier in our tournament list for our 2nd season this year. After the break we will try to keep improving and getting better and better. We will show our capacity as a team. Thank you to everyone who supported us in the bad/sad situation for the team and players. #LetsHunt “ – Nikolay “pNshr” Paunin
As we are still trying to land on our feet after all the moments June brought us, we are already well into July. What did June bring? Just our biggest tournament win to date, our first MAJOR and our social media reach went trough the roof!!
I’ll try to summarize it all up in a quick note as always, but SKADE has A LOT going on!
Well, it turns out taking part in a Major brings in a few viewers 😉 We were on fire in all 3 of our main esports titles and that really showed in our stats. With an estimated 8.000.000+ unique viewers in our matches on twitch in June we DESTROYED our old record :O This gives us valuable information to work with towards our future tournaments. Having documented numbers to show sponsors/partners is a completely different game than just guessing or trying to make estimations.
So, that major I mentioned? Our PUBG squad made their way into PUBG Continental Series 4: Europe and with that our first ever major was secured. Not only did they make it there, they landed a 7th place finish and secured some nice money, but more importantly they got more PGI points!!
Only four tournaments in 2021 will give points towards PUBG Global Invitational and we have made it into and gotten points from both so far. July brings the 3rd one and we aim to be there as well!
That’s not all for the PUBG squad tho. June also brought the final rounds of Frag League Season 6 and the boys locked in a 2nd place finish here as well 😉
The PUBG squad was not the only SKADE squad with a big month. The CS:GO squad were in the final stages of REPUBLEAGUE Season 1 and they were hungry for another tournament victory. In the grand final we ran into the Portuguese powerhouse SAW. With a 1 map lead from winning the upper bracket, our boys came into the final with confidence and in a dominant fashion we took the final 3 – 0!!
This landed us the biggest prize winning we have had in our short journey and a nice bonus for our guys as we approach the player holidays in mid, July. Not only that, we finally get one of those epic looking trophies for our trophy wall 😉
Esport never sleeps and the same seems to be the rule for the staff of SKADE. We have been hard at work securing new partnerships and strategic partners. During the player break next month we are excited to announce the first two of these. We have set a goal of always doing a bit more than expected from us and that means putting in a bit more work than most.
“We have a fantastic team, and it really shows. The stuff going on behind the scenes here is nothing short of amazing! And knowing what resources we have compared to our competition; it blows my mind. Even tho summer holidays have hit here in Norway, people are working every available moment and it inspires and energizes me!” – CEO, Kim-Erik Aanes
A grueling grand final running over the past four sundays comes to an end and we secure a 2nd place finish!
Frag League season 6 delivered as expected with PUBG action of a really high competitive level. As the season started we got to see a tournament with many of the absolute best players and teams from the Nordic regions.
A four week slugfest was ready and the SKADE squad came in ready to fight! The guys had to bring their a-game week after week as they fought their way towards the top. And the fourth and final week was no exception to this.
We had a really rough start to the day, and coming into the day in 2nd place there was no room to rest. The first rounds gave us a serious challenge and as the final map came about we were no longer in 2nd. The guys got their focus back and came into the map out for blood!
Finally getting a good possition on the map early on allowed the guys to use all their experience and gamesense. As the teams we needed to keep away fell one by one, everything was in the hands of our guys. And they played it to perfection. Landing the final chicken dinner and banking the points needed to secure the 2nd place finish!
May was a much-needed month for us in SKADE as many tournaments were running early stages and we were invited directly to the later stages. Meaning we had a lot fewer matches this month than we normally do. So that allowed for us in management to finally catch up on a few things, bring in new crew and close out some partnerships.
With more time to focus on what actually matters to us, our fans, and the people we engage with. We came up with tons of ideas for the time to come and people can expect to see new content popping up all over the place. One important part of what is to come is a new partnership with one of the biggest tournament platforms there is Challengermode. Together we Challengermode we now have our own landing page on their platform where we will start hosting community and fan driven tournaments. This is also a big part of our future plans for expansion into new game titles. With almost half the tournament/match activity of a normal month we still managed to reach our social media goals and the growth of 2021 continues!!
Did I mention we had fewer matches? Well, we had some BIG ones!!! In CS:GO we had another amazing run, the PUBG squad showed what they were made of and in COD Mobile the qualifiers for COD Worlds are live!
We started the CS:GO month with winning another tournament as we were crowned the champions of European Development Championship #3 on May 2nd!! We continued the month with taking down some of the biggest names in Europe. On May 17th we hit a new ALL TIME HIGH as we were placed at rank #18 in the world by HLTV. 😉
Our PUBG squad was ready to show what they were made of as the qualifier for this years first Major came to and end. They secured a really solid 3rd place finish in the EU qualifier and with that their spot in the PUBG Continental Series #4!! Oh, and they are currently sitting in 2nd place in Frag League Season 6 as well!! June will be packed with action on the highest level there is for these guys!
The COD squad is pretty much destroying anything that gets in their way these days! With a 38 – 12 match records in May where they won two tournaments, finished 2nd in two AND made a clean sweep in the first round of the qualifier for COD World Championships, we are all left in awe!! The mobile esports scene is blowing up and Call of Duty will surely be a main title there for years to come. We are proud to be a part of this journey and we can’t wait to see what’s to come next.
With last month being huge for us as we were able to bring in four new staff members, May was looking great even before it started! With the addition of new staff we were able to take our administrative work to a whole new level. New partnerships that will be announced in short succession have already been made. New strategic plans have been set into motion and we are making moves that we hope can elevate Norwegian e-sports to the next level!
With new staff in place, I have also been able to tune my focus back to where I have my main skills. The esports side of operations and I am already cooking together plans for our next moves AND getting ready to take our current activities to a new level.
“Time is a luxury in any startup and with new co-workers in place I am finally able to use my time in a more effective way. With a bigger team comes more motivation, more energy and capability to activate more plans. Our team is bursting with energy now and there is no stopping this train now! We are our for new prey and the hunt has just started!!” – CEO, Kim-Erik Aanes
REPUBLEAGUE Season 1 just concluded and we grabbed the best of 5 grand final in a 3 – 0 fashion!
REPUBLEAGUE Season 1 turned out to be a rollercoaster of constant action. After winning the first European qualifier with some really close games, the guys were feeling confident for the swiss stage. However we had a unexpected start and started our run with a loss and we had to go all five rounds to secure our advancement from swiss.
In the playoffs the guys had a completely different mindset tho! With a clean run of victories and only dropping a single map in 10 maps the guys showed everyone what they are made of! Taking down Young Ninjas, Endpoint and SAW (TWICE!) it was no small feat.
This marks the biggest single tournament win to date for SKADE as a team in terms of prize money, and also a turning point for the team as they have been a bit off their groove lately. Time to charge up, relax and reset as there’s plenty more action to come!
“We had a rough period the last couple of weeks but it just felt like we were in shape when we played this tournament.Really happy overall with the team performance and we are hoping to get back to form in the upcoming weeks” – Viktor “Duplicate” Mitev
“After a though period with the team, this win is a huge confidence boost for us. We are gonna show everyone that we aren’t the next team that has a honeymoon period and then goes silent. Also thanks to anyone who supports us, it means a lot and it can really affect our days possitively!” – Blagoi “oxygeN” Dimitrov
“I am just beyond proud to see the boys take this one home! They have been in a rough place lately and trying to find your flow after the amazing run we had can be really hard. Today they had their killer focus back and they came into the server to win and nothing else mattered. I still feel their journey has barely started so people need to wake up and tune in for these guys!” – CEO, Kim-Erik “Zarotan” Aanes
Having a goal of doing a monthly writeup is a great push for me to take some time to reflect on how amazing this journey is! We have so many things going on at all times and it is easy to forget how much we have done in this short time. I finally decided to sit myself down, breathe and really reflect on what the past month has been like. HOLY SHIT! Everyone in SKADE truly do amazing things!
So what was April like for SKADE? Check this out!
What a month we had! We started the month with a lot of hype coming over from March and it everyone was pumped and ready to put some effort into social media. The fact that we continued to kick ass in CS:GO, PUBG AND CoD Mobile sure did it’s part.
We continue to explore the mobile gaming industry in Brazil and our biggest move on that front was in social media where we landed our first influencer. With the signing of Rafael “JAPA” Nakata Tamashiro we increase our reach by adding thousands of followers to the pack.
What was the result of this you ask? Our reach for April is up by 207.54% compared to March!!
In what most would say was a bonkers month we had more than 100 official matches and the strain on our players was crazy (thank you TO’s for stacking everything), but amazing things came from it!!
Our CS:GO team has been on fire for some time already, but April was something else! 36 officials on HLTV, including a 18 match win streak! Not to mention the fact that we became Champions of Elisa Invitational! 😉 Oh, remember when we cheered for reaching rank #34 in the World in March? We finished April sitting comfortably at #23 IN THE WORLD!!
In PUBG the boys continued their impressive form from March and with that they secured their spot in the grand final of this years first A-Tier tournament! This tournament was seriously stacked, and all the teams put up a fight for the first shot at PGC Points. We ended up taking a solid 8th place and with that the guys secured their first points towards the PUBG Global championship!!
Call of Duty Mobile is still new to us and it is growing on us all. The COD Mobile world championship was announced and with it came a set of rules. This means we had to change a player due to age restrictions and a window opened to get our hands on another player we had been looking at. We brought in 2 new players and now we have an active roster of 6 players while we wait for MTS to turn 18. 😉 This did not stop the guys and their grind. They won another tournament as they became the champions of Golden League and now all their focus has turned towards the World championship!
With the incredible growth we have had in SKADE it was finally time to expand our staff and April was a great month for us in terms of this. We landed 4 new dedicated staff members that will be putting their own flavor to how we operate on a day to day basis. Morten Skaland, Cornelius Hjort, Erlend Stålsett Nes and William Edvardsen are now a part of the pack! And guess what? We are still looking for more 😉
“Everything has been moving at an incredible speed lately and it can be hard to stop, breathe and enjoy all of this. I am fortunate enough to have surrounded me with people, staff and players that allow me to do this. Esports moves at a crazy speed and everyone involved need to be on top of their game. My job in this is to remind people of the amazing things we accomplish and remind people to breathe, enjoy and flow with this.” – CEO, Kim-Erik Aanes