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SKADE administrative update

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.

– CEO, Morten Skaland

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

– CMO, Cornelius Hjort

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.

– Founder, Kim-Erik “Zarotan” Aanes

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We are back in ESEA Premier!!

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

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June brings SKADE to new heights!

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!

Fan Engagement

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.

Esports

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 😉

SKADE

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

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May sweet May

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.

So, what was May actually like for us in SKADE?

Fan Engagement

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!!

Esports

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.

SKADE

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

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REPUBLEAGUE Season 1 Champions!!

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

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SKADE April report

Better late than never right?

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!

Fan Engagement:

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!!

Esports:

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!

SKADE

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 SkalandCornelius HjortErlend 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

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SKADE ventures into the influencer scene!

As a part of our new adventures into the Brazilian mobile esports market, we can now finally present our latest addition.

Meet SKADE’s first influence, Japa Tamashiro! Japa is a typical 19 year old guy from Maringa, Parana in Brazil who loves playing Call of Duty mobile and many other games. Except he has over 150k followers on YouTube alone and is one of the biggest CODM influencers in Brazil!

After an overwhelming response and support by the hunters in Brazil, we decided to take it up a notch in terms of engagement with this tightly-knit community. So we recruited a hunter who knows the pulse of this community and create content that’s relatable to anyone who loves gaming.

We loved Japa’s upbeat and positive personality & are so excited to have this new hunter join the pack! We believe, with our expertise combined with the skills of Japa, we can scale new peaks! You all can expect more crazy and meaningful content plus great collaborations on our channel soon.

SKADE still has a lot of plans for this newly discovered market and we have plenty more news and announcements to come over the next few months. We hope to establish our brand as a household name in the mobile esports scene and we will do it via South America!

Watch now to know more about him, welcome Japa!

SKADE COD Welcomes Japa!!

SKADE se aventura no cenário de influenciadores!

Como parte das nossas novas aventuras no mercado brasileiro de esports mobile, nós podemos finalmente apresentar nossa nova contratação.

Conheça o primeiro influencer da SKADE, Japa Tamashiro! Japa é típico de 19 ano de Maringá, Paraná no Brasil que adora jogar Call of Duty Mobile. A diferença é que ele tem mais de 150 mil seguidores apenas no Youtube e é um dos maiores influenciadores do CODM no Brasil!

Depois de uma resposta esmagadora e do apoio dos caçadores no Brasil, decidimos elevar o nível em termos de envolvimento com esta comunidade unida. Por isso recrutamos um caçador que está ligado nesta comunidade e cria conteúdo que pode ser identificado por qualquer pessoa que adore jogos.

Amamos a personalidade otimista e positiva de Japa e estamos muito animados por ter esse novo caçador se juntando ao bando! Acreditamos que, com nossa expertise combinada com as habilidades do Japa, podemos alcançar novas alturas! Todos vocês podem esperar mais conteúdo louco e relevante, além de grandes colaborações em nosso canal em breve.

A SKADE ainda tem muitos planos para esse recém-descoberto e temos muito mais novidades e anúncios nos próximos meses. Nós esperamos estabelecer nosssa marca como referência no cenário de esports mobile e faremos isso através da América do Sul!

“Estou muito feliz por termos conseguido fazer isso acontecer! Há algum tempo queríamos entrar mais no lado de influenciadores dos esports. Mal posso esperar para começar essa jornada, aprender muitas coisas novas e crescer com ainda mais experiências.” – CEO, Kim-Erik “Zarotan” Aanes

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COD Mobile roster update

We got off to a flying start with our Call of Duty Mobile team and have been performing at a high level in the Brazilian scene. However, with time comes change and as COD World Championships got announced this time has come.

There will be 2 changes to our active roster for now and with that we will be parting ways with Caio Almeida “Joker” Franca as he has found a new home. And Matheus “MTS” Braga will be our 6th player for now due to age restrictions in COD World Championships.

With this we would like to welcome our two new hunters, Igor “Fal” Falcão Bezerra and Leonardo “Leozin” Vieira Leão!! They have already started playing with the rest of the squad and can be seen live in plenty of tournaments coming up over the next few weeks. With the addition of these new players we hope to take our game to the next level and be fully prepared by the time World’s comes knocking!

Give them a warm welcome to the family!


Atualização da Line de COD Mobile

Começamos bem com nossa equipe de Call of Duty Mobile e temos atuado em alto nível no cenário brasileiro. No entanto, com o tempo, vêm as mudanças e como o COD World Championships foi anunciado, essa hora chegou.

Haverá 2 mudanças no nosso time ativo por enquanto e com isso estaremos nos separando de Caio Almeida “Joker” Franca, pois ele encontrou um novo lar. E Matheus “MTS” Braga será o nosso 6º jogador por agora, devido às restrições de idade no COD World Championships.

Com isso, gostaríamos de dar as boas-vindas aos nossos dois novos caçadores, Igor “Fal” Falcão Bezerra e Leonardo “Leozin” Vieira Leão!! Eles já começaram a jogar com o resto do time e podem ser vistos ao vivo em muitos torneios que acontecerão nas próximas semanas. Com a adição desses novos jogadores, esperamos levar nosso jogo ao próximo nível e estar totalmente preparados quando o mundial chegar!

Dê-lhes as boas-vindas à família!

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SKADE March recap

Things are moving faster than ever before in esports and our activity in SKADE is no exception to that fact. It has been a vision of mine for some time now to come up with a monthly summary of our activity and now it is finally time to get started.

The idea is to have shorter reports, but March was eventful for us so ill try to keep things a bit short and sweet. However, we love having tons of stuff going on and packed months, so it is a luxury challenge.

Fan Engagement

Firstly, fan engagement is what esports is all about and we always strive to engage in new ways. With the limited staff we have it is extra important for us to be effective in our work. We started the March madness with the launch of the official SKADE App. For us this gives our fans a new way to keep track of all our activity, matches, social media and more in one simple app. Feel free to check it out here.

This impacts the most important thing we have as a team, our social media numbers. We have had a goal of growing our numbers naturally as we want our fans to engage with us and stay active rather than having a high % of “ghost” followers like many teams have. With this in mind March yielded growth in all our socials, bringing our reach up by 15.63% compared to February!

Esports

Rainbow 6 siege has been something we have been looking at for months now and in March we could finally reveal our line-up for Ubisoft’s Nordic Championship. We now field a team of players from all over Europe and hope to make an impact in the league. Exciting times to come for sure.

We started our journey in mobile esports at the start of the year, and CoD Mobile has been a revelation for us. All of a sudden, we were part of a super active community with passionate fans, tons of activity and highly motivated players. Our squad wrapped up March with 3 tournament wins and 4 runners up finishes! I can’t wait to get more involved with this scene!

Counter-Strike Global Offensive has been the flagship team of our brand from day one! In March we finally had the pleasure of announcing that our roster was once again complete as we signed Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov. This star player fits our profile perfectly as a young, hungry and super talented player. Even tho he has experience from the highest level, this young man is still only 20 years old and with that our teams average age comes in at only 19.9 years old!

Sounds risky? Not the way we see it! We are looking to become a top tier org in the long run and we want to have players that can stay with us on this journey. And I say we’re off to a GREAT start. March has been great to us as we have already won a tournament and qualified for 2 other big ones. More importantly we are now rank #34 in the world according to HLTV and we currently hold a 15 Strong win streak!!

“This ended up being a bit of a read, but every bit of it needed to be mentioned. April has started with a blast and there’s big things to come. Want to join us on our journey in any way, shape or form? Just want to talk about esports? Don’t hesitate with reaching out to me.” – Kim-Erik Aanes, CEO SKADE.

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SKADE App

We are taking our fan engagement to the next level. Come join the SKADE community in our custom made fan app!!

Today marks another monumental day for us in SKADE as we can finally invite you all to take part in our new fan engagement platform. Together with Blocksport we have created a custom app for SKADE that you can find HERE.

The app is already packed with features that will help you stay on top of all our activities. Everything from matches, predictions, teams/player information to merch and live betting is already implemented. Not to mention all the stuff that we are planning to roll out over the next few months.

Simply by being active in the app you can take part in shaping the future of SKADE and help us become the team of your dreams.

Give it a go! #LetsHunt


Estamos levando nosso envolvimento com os fãs para o próximo nível. Venha se juntar à comunidade SKADE em nosso aplicativo personalizado para os fãs!! Hoje é mais um dia monumental para nós da SKADE, pois podemos finalmente convidar todos vocês a participarem da nossa nova plataforma de engajamento de fãs. Junto com a Blocksport, criamos um aplicativo personalizado para a SKADE que você pode encontrar AQUI.

O aplicativo já vem com recursos que o ajudarão a ficar por dentro de todas as nossas atividades. Já está implementado. jogos, previsões, informações de times / jogadores, mercadorias e apostas ao vivo. Sem mencionar todas as coisas que planejamos lançar nos próximos meses.

Simplesmente sendo ativo no aplicativo, você pode participar da construção do futuro da SKADE e nos ajudar a nos tornar a equipe dos seus sonhos.

Dê uma chance! #LetsHunt