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
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
Christopher is a legendary name within the esports community and the wider gaming ecosystem. He is widely considered one of the best players in Counter-Strike history, having been ranked #2 in 2010 and 2011 in CS and #1 in 2013 and 2014.
He works closely with charities which help others suffering from stomach-related disease, and recently launched a limited edition burger with Brodernas, of which a portion of sales were donated to charity.
James is one of the few commentators of colour within esports and celebrated by fans across the world.
He has commentated multiple Valve Majors. Growing up in inner-London, he attributes a strict upbringing to part of his success. Despite obstacles in his path, Bardolph is as self-made and genuine as they come.
James has been part of the FACEIT family for over 7 years and is a valued member of the gaming community.
Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey
Stephanie is a 5x Counter-Strike world champion. Previously working at Ubisoft as a game developer she has established herself within esports and used her popularity to launch inclusive tournaments and helped to create pathways for women in esports. She currently is Counter Logic Gaming’s Business Development Director.
missharvey recently received the Lifetime Achievement award at The Esports Awards and Personality of the Year at the Canadian Video games Awards. She also just won Big Brother Celebrities in Quebec.
Meet the talent
Mārtiņš “shadiyy” Gūtmani is a nineteen-year-old player from Latvia. Mārtiņš started CSGO at 12 by playing from his father’s account in 2016. Mārtiņš then purchased a personal computer to play CSGO.
Mārtiņš moved to Germany in the Summer of 2019 for work; after three months without CSGO, Mārtiņš realized how much he missed playing and decided he wanted to become a CSGO Professional. Mārtiņš moved back to Latvia.
Mārtiņš looks up to the only two players from Latvia that are professional in broky & YEKINDAR. Mārtiņš recently qualified for FACEIT Challenger. 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.
Lukasz is an eight-teen-year-old super talent player from Poland. Lukasz found CSGO from his older brother, who was a semi-professional player.
At twelve years old young Lukasz sat behind watching his brother playing professional CSGO matches. He wanted to do the same. After one year of watching & casually playing while his brother wasn’t on the PC, he received his personal computer on his thirteenth birthday to play CSGO.
Lukaz wasted no time putting all his free time after his studies to climb up the ranks on FACEIT. He quickly found what he wanted in his career: to travel the world to the biggest tournaments and compete with the best teams in the world.
Nine thousand CSGO hours later, at the young age of eighteen, Lukaz is a very respected player in Poland. He is known as the next prodigy to fulfill his childhood dreams and show his full potential in a professional gaming team.
Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas is a twenty-one-year-old CSGO Player from Lithuania. Rokas started CSGO at ten; he started playing after school in a local internet cafe. Rokas got picked up for his first semi-professional team at sixteen. He quickly got scouted as a massive upcoming star youth.
In 2018 Rokas quickly took the CSGO scene by storm, achieving the highest number of individual kills in one half, 30. That summer, Rokas won two titles back two back and got selected at both events as the best player of the whole tournament.
In 2020 the pandemic hit. With that, Rokas’s CSGO career spiralled downhill. His mental health took a turn for the worse. Rokas decided to take a break to regroup and improve himself. He went from the top of the world to nothing within six months.
Rokas returned six months ago with two goals in mind, to tell his story to the world that it is ok not to feel 100% and to speak openly about feelings. Rokas, since his comeback, has promoted himself back to the top individual FACEIT program (FPL) and is ready to show the world who he is again.
Brajan “DGL” Lemecha is a twenty-four-year-old player from Gdansk, Poland. Brajan had two dreams: to become a CSGO professional player or become a professional football player. His desire to succeed is inspiring to the world to see.
He started CSGO at the age of ten; Brajan used CSGO as “therapy” to get away from his bad moments in school. He also played football with some Polish clubs before moving to England.
Brajan, in his first season at Chester, picked up a severe injury that needed operating on. He decided to come back to Poland and fully dedicate himself to his first found love CSGO.
Brajan is the highest active member of FACEIT and the second most skilled statistic-wise globally, currently without a contract.
Meet the coaches
Neil “NeiL_M” Murphy is a professional Irish CS:GO coach and ex-professional CS:GO player. He is one of the most decorated and experienced coaches for leading a team from youngest to big tournament championship victories. Neil spent his early professional years as part of the NHS in the UK, following his passion for helping others.
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 into an international success.
From his time as an assistant coach for mousesports and his work at the collegiate level with Davenport University, Colin “koi” Thor has been involved with developing players since the beginning of his career. From Detroit, Michigan, the growth of the North American CSGO scene has been at the forefront of Colin’s mission since he started in the collegiate space in 2018.
Having recently returned from his adventures in Europe and always looking for a new challenge, he plans to use his knowledge and experience to develop the North American scene.
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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. The esports industry’s leading talent agency Prodigy, and independent lawyer Billy Jenks, are also on board to educate players on brand building, and legal protection.