Starting your own esports organization is by no means an easy task. Not only do you have to find co-workers you can rely on but also decent players for your team. But what does it take to build up a new brand from the scratch? Nick ‘Airborner’ Konstado is CEO of Team Refuse and has managed the team for more than five years. The Greek talks with us about his gaming past and how he founded Team Refuse which features LoL and CS:GO squads. On top of that, two Hearthstone players have joined their ranks.
Nick tells us about the positions a team needs on an organizational level. Team Refuse currently consists of five people who pull the strings in the background to support the players. Nick emphasizes, however, that a successful team has to go international these days. Very recently, their League of Legends squad claimed the Polish ESL Championship for example. Konstado sees his organization as European, although they used to have pros from other continents as well.
Thanks to the current boom of gaming, his job gets increasingly important. As a manager of an entire organization, you have to keep up with the latest trends in esports. Also, Nick and his team are often required to work at unusual times, like during the night or very early in the morning. If you really want to be part of such an unique project, you have to make such sacrifices and adjust your life style accordingly. Nick’s managing position is his fulltime job nowadays, as he invests a lot of time in his project. But is all the effort worth it? Surely, Nick wouldn’t have been CEO for so many years if it wasn’t.
TL;DR: If you’ve ever wanted something about running a successful esports organization, this is the very episode for you!
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