Bravado Announces CS:GO Academy
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | CS:GO Academy | April 16, 2018
With rumors, stories and a ton of speculation floating about, it’s finally time to put the story to bed. Bravado Gaming are bringing the extremely successful “Finesse” female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team into our family and they will be proudly representing us for CS:GO in 2018!
The team consists of Jana “SaltyMonkey” Du Toit, Kayhla “KayC” Calder, Rachel “rayChil1za” Van Dyk, Christin “2SSB” Meistre and Carmen “Cjay” Mcleod. Make sure you visit their player profiles by heading to their team page here. You can also visit all their social media pages (make sure you hit them up with a follow!) on the relevant team page indicated previously.
The goal of the new team is to help them reach their dream of being part of the VS Gaming Masters and also inspiring younger players, male or female in South Africa and around the world to just play and enjoy themselves because anything can happen with hard work and dedication. We decided to go with the girls as our academy team as we feel there is a huge room for growth in the scene in terms of catering for female players and we would like to play a leading role in that development. We also believe that they have a very high skill ceiling and we know that they are some of the most dedicated players around. With that being said, the girls will also be helping a few individuals and potential players in order to assist in starting their competitive careers.
In addition, myself and ex-Bravado Gaming CS:GO captain, Andreas ‘Cent’ Hadjipaschali will be working with the girls to help them grow stronger and better. We’ll be working together with Andreas in coaching and managing the division while simultaneously seeking new and young talent from the region to capitalize from the academy program. Our CS:GO boys in the USA will also be assisting with the development of our Academy team while they’re working on Project Destiny!
Along with the good news, there’s actually even more! Very soon we will be announcing and releasing a Female Sergio Tacchini Custom Range which will cater to the ladies out there looking for premium, custom Italian gamer-wear. If you haven’t visited our store yet, make sure to head over to our shop here. You can also check out a preview of one of the beta-mockups we’ve created for the official female uniforms below! You can also read the official press-release of the store by heading over to this link here.
The team will be headed by Jana “SaltyMonkey” Du Toit along with the help of myself, Abdullah “anneKsiy” Adam as the coach and will be participating in both The Valkyrie Challenge by Mettlestate and the VS Gaming League. You can check the official teaser for the Valkyrie Challenge here
Statement from SaltyMonkey
We, as a team, were fully invested in going independent this year. However, when we went independent, we had no idea how much support we’d have. We were overwhelmed at how many different organizations approached us, and we will always be very appreciative of every person and organization that took the time to speak to, and connect with us. In all our talks it has always been about the same thing: support. We need the support of those around us, to enable us to thrive in this competitive scene. After recently having conversations with Bravado Gaming, we are very excited to be given the opportunity to learn and grow within the Bravado Academy team. Just in our talks, we have quickly established our trajectory and it matches perfectly with what we have envisioned for ourselves. We can’t wait to start this partnership and make everyone proud! – Jana ‘SaltyMonkey’ Du Toit, captain of the Bravado Gaming CS:GO Academy
Statement from Me
It’s incredibly exciting to be bringing along the Finesse team as they have proven themselves to be one of the best female teams in the country as well as a team with enormous potential. From my side I will be helping as much and as often as I can with my final year of school going on. It’s going to be a challenge but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to overcoming. I already know some of the ladies in the team and have played a bit with them before so it shouldn’t be a big deal to be implemented into the team and play the role of a coach. Something that is going to help me a lot is the fact that some of the guys from the main team in North America are also going to be helping out and I’m looking forward to learning from them too. – Abdullah ‘Anneksiy’ Adam, head coach of the Bravado Gaming CS:GO Academy
Statement from Management
Initially when our primary CS:GO team departed for the USA, for Project Destiny, we were in talks with our partners and sponsors to create an academy team. Now, the academy team had to have a clear and solid purpose to the program and since then we’ve had the project on hold. Until recently, after we were given the go ahead from our partners and sponsors, only a few weeks ago we started formulating a strategy for the academy program. We decided that the best way to go ahead with the program was to implement a female squad with a coach, a management team and most importantly to try and bring in younger talent in the near future (which we’ve already been working on).
Regardless, the core 5 of the CS:GO Academy will remain as the line-up indicated above, with myself and Anneksiy filling in as substitutes when we’re not coaching or managing.
I’m delighted to have the girls onboard and although it was a very recent decision, we have no doubt that we’ll be able to help them get to the next level of their careers. We also have no doubt that the girls in return will represent Bravado Gaming and female e-sports to the best of their ability. Welcome to Bravado Gaming! – Andreas ‘Cent’ Hadjipaschali, CEO of Bravado Gaming (PTY) LTD
We would like to once again thank each and every person for your continued support. Make sure you follow Bravado Gaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for continuous updates on Project Destiny. Bravado Gaming is proudly sponsored by ALIENWARE and Intel and is the proud brand ambassador for ALIENWARE in the META Region. Learn more about Bravado Gaming, ALIENWARE and Intel here. | #bvdgaming #bvdalienware #bvdintel #bvdtacchini #bvdvertagear #alienware #intel #sergiotacchini #vertagear #bvdstore #bvdchicks
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