About the program
The Gucci Gaming Academy programme will strive toward supporting aspiring talent and empowering them to be signed to a professional team.
Meet the ambassadors
Meet the talent
Simon “Goody” Chayka’s love for CS started at a very young age. At six years old, he saw his older brother playing CS 1.6 and was immediately drawn to the game. It wasn’t until 2018 when he finally received his own PC that he started playing CS:GO with his friends.
Despite only playing the game for six months, Simon quickly climbed the ranks and reached Level 10 on FACEIT. He also began attending LANs, where he won several local tournaments, showing his natural talent and dedication.
At just fifteen years old, Simon joined the academy team of the renowned CIS organization, Team Spirit. His skills did not go unnoticed, and he was soon invited to FPL-C, where he continued to showcase his potential.
With his natural talent and hard work ethic, he is sure to continue making a name for himself in the CS community.
Daniel-Catalin “Ciocardau” Purice, is a 22-year-old Counter-Strike player. Despite coming from a small town, Daniel has big dreams of becoming a professional player. He has spent the last few years working to improve his abilities as a CS:GO player whilst also working towards getting a degree in marketing.
Daniel is known for his solid work ethic and his eagerness to improve not only as a player but also as a teammate and a friend. He shows his dedication to the game by constantly working on his skills and pushing himself to be better each day.
With his passion for the game and his desire to take his skills to the next level, Daniel is eager to join one of the most prestigious academies in the CS landscape. He is determined to give it his all and reach his goal of becoming a professional player.
Adelin’s journey into the world of professional gaming began in an unexpected way. In 2016, he broke his leg during a football match and found solace in watching his best friend play CS:GO. Despite not having his own PC, Adelin’s love for the game persisted and he started going to a local internet café to play with his friends.
Recognizing his dedication and passion, Adelin’s parents took out a loan to buy him a gaming PC, allowing him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional gamer, where he quickly climbed the FACEIT rankings.
With his talent and determination, Adelin is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a professional CS player.
Ahmet “2h” Baftijari is a rising star in CS. Despite humble beginnings and sharing rooms with multiple family members, Ahmet has always been driven to compete on the world stage and is determined to make his dreams a reality.
At the Insomnia 68 LAN, Ahmet’s impressive performance as the second-highest rated player of the event earned him a spot as an IGL for a top regional team. With this invaluable experience, 2h is now focused on breaking through the barriers and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
With his relentless work ethic and unwavering dedication to the game, Ahmet is poised for even greater success in the future and is sure to continue making a name for himself as one of the most exciting and talented players in the CS community.
Ieva “mikeri” Skrastina was introduced to video games at a young age of 3 by her father, starting with simple games like Tetris and Pac-Man. However, it wasn’t until she played CS 1.6 for the first time at the age of 14 that she fell in love with gaming and decided to pursue it professionally. Despite giving up her passion for volleyball, her dedication paid off, and she soon became one of the top up and coming female players.
Ieva knew the importance of continuing her education and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology, followed by a Master’s degree in Management Psychology and Supervision. Even with her academic achievements, her focus remained on gaming, and she set her sights on reaching the ESL Impact League to compete against the best female teams in the world.
Through hard work and dedication, Ieva has become a role model for aspiring female gamers, proving that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible.
Paulina “Pavlla” Bucholc had always been a competitive person. When she was younger, she would challenge her friends to all sorts of games, from board games to sports. But it wasn’t until she discovered esports that she found her true passion. In 2016, she was introduced to CS:GO by her older brother, who was already a seasoned player.
Paulina was immediately drawn to the fast-paced action and strategy of the game. She spent countless hours practicing and improving her skills, and soon began to compete in local tournaments. Despite facing many challenges and setbacks along the way, she remained determined to become the best AWP in the female scene.
One of Paulina’s major inspirations came from AWPer s1mple. She greatly respected his exceptional skills, unwavering dedication, and immense enthusiasm for the game. Her goal was to achieve a similar level of excellence in the future.
Paulina is also currently studying for a degree in administration, which she hopes will help her in both her esports career and future professional endeavors.
Mārtiņš “shadiy” Gūtmani is a nineteen-year-old CS player. Mārtiņš started playing CS:GO at the age of 12 by playing from his father’s account in 2016, before proceeding to purchase his own personal computer to continue playing.
In the summer of 2019, Mārtiņš relocated for work. Following a three-month hiatus from CS:GO, he came to realize the extent of his longing for the game and decided to pursue a career as a professional CS:GO player.
Mārtiņš qualified for FACEIT Challenger in 2022 and joined the Gucci Gaming Academy shortly after. He believes his calm personality, alongside his dedication and impressive statistics on FACEIT, will push up to his dream of playing one day alongside broky & YEKINDAR.
Meet the coach
Neil “NeiL_M” Murphy is a seasoned CS:GO coach and former professional player. He stands as one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable coaches in guiding a team from its inception to triumphant victories in major tournaments. In his early professional career Neil worked for the NHS, driven by his dedication to making a positive impact on those around him.
In 2013 he merged that passion with his love for gaming and became a CS:GO coach, focusing on assisting young talented players thrive and develop as professionals. Today, he is famous for his tournament runs with team Imperial and CR4ZY, two different teams of youngsters he picked up from anonymity and led them to international success.
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What is the Gucci Gaming Academy?
The Gucci Gaming Academy programme will strive toward supporting aspiring talents until they get a professional contract. When approached by other professional and academy teams, players will be free to go anytime they want.
- How can I join the Gucci Gaming Academy?
What is FPL?
FPL is an in-house league system where top professional players and selected new talents compete in private solo-queue matchmaking to train, network and stream all-star content. To find out more information please head over to the FPL website.
Which games are supported by the program?
Gucci Academy is currently supporting CS:GO. We are planning to expand to more games in the future.
Which countries are included?
The Gucci Gaming Academy is currently open to all players based in Europe and North America. We are looking to expand to more regions in the future.
Who is eligible to participate?
Players must be 18 years or older to participate.
What support does Gucci Gaming Academy provide to players?
Gucci Gaming Academy has been designed by Gucci and FACEIT alongside some of the world's leading mental and physical health organizations and legal minds to ensure every element of the curriculum has been informed by experts. The program will provide young esports players with access to individual and group psychological support through Mindwork, which has experience with Gen Z and professional athletes. Independent lawyer Billy Jenks is also on board to educate players on brand building, and legal protection.