Stockholm, Sweden January 29, 1979
Andreas Thorstensson (born January 29, 1979) is a Swedish businessman, web developer and former professional gamer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential innovators for electronic sports, having set the standards for the features and quality for player management and news syndicate professionalism. Having worked from 2001 to 2009 as one of two managing directors for the professional electronic sports organization SK Gaming, he created a highly regarded social platform for gaming enthusiasts to congregate and to introduce a stronger awareness to a wider audience. Of Thorstensson's achievements, he is best known for his strong contributions to media outputting with the Counter-Strike coding, for which he was a successful demo player. Specifically for Frag or Die, the single-most downloaded Counter-Strike video to date. Beyond his professional gaming, he is well known for his exclusive website development and leading the first electronic sports team to provide contractual agreements.
1979–1998: Early life and career
Andreas Thorstensson was born on January 29, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden. According to Thorstensson, in 1989, at the age of ten, his intrigue with programming began with his father's purchase of the 386SX-20. In 1992, he began programming with C and had begun getting involved with video games. Early on, Thorstensson worked to establish a foothold in the technical work industry. At the age of 18, he began as a senior programmer at the recently founded internet company Spray Network in August 1997, until December 1999. In the meantime, he began working as a senior programmer for Razorfish in January 1999, with which his involvement ended in December of that year, as well. By this time, he had begun his GeekBoys project, which would eventually lead him to international notoriety. Shortly thereafter, he had a year-long stint as the technical chief for the internet industrialist service he created called SPRAYdio from January to December 2000. From January to December 2001, Thorstensson worked as a technical CD for yet another internet industrialist company, Abel & Baker.
1999–2009: GeekBoys and SK Gaming
Thorstensson's first widespread attention began with his creation of the news aggregator GeekBoys.org in 1999. Together with his co-workers, Thorstensson turned his attention to the fledgling medium of electronic sports, to which he began to fully dedicate GeekBoys' resources as a gaming clan, as well as making the site perform wholly as a news syndicate. With the popularity of GeekBoys increasing, Thorstensson, as a player identified as "bds", achieved several record-breaking feats. According to statistics, he became the single dominant global-recognized Counter-Strike demo player. As one of his most-recognized achievements as a player, Thorstensson created Frag or Die, which remains as the most-popular frag display to date. Additionally, to improve the accessibility of demos, a program call GeekPlay was created, in order to allow immediate initialization of demo play. On September 23, 2001, the German electronic sports organization Schroet Kommando announced the acquisition of his Scandinavian-based team, as a second Counter-Strike squad. With the individuals of Geekboys transitioning to Schroet Kommando, the original GeekBoys website was sold to Swedes David Garpenstahl and Mattias Hjelmstedt. Over the following months, the two communities would slowly merge as the squad operated under the moniker of "SK.Geekboys". During 2001, Thorstensson was also involved with the creation of XSReality.com, which altered its name and changed hands to Englishman Sujoy Roy, eventually becoming ESReality.com. Today, ESReality remains immensely popular as an electronic sports platform.
Schroet Kommando, (which was increasingly referred to as "SK"), began a revolutionizing system in electron inc sports, in which users could gain an elite status by partaking in subscription service, referred to as the "SK Insider". On February 1, 2003, Thorstensson introduced the first case of player contractual agreement with the acquisition of Ninjas in Pyjamas to join SK after they had won an early Cyberathlete Professional League Counter-Strike tournament. NiP accepted his offer due to SK's sponsorship deals with companies such as Intel, which allowed them to travel to major competitions worldwide. The resulting team was the highly popular SK.Sweden team of 2003 through 2004, which became the most dominant team the professional Counter-Strike scene has seen to date. This seemed to come to an end on January 2, 2005, when the team opted out of renewing their contracts in hopes of securing a larger share of the prize money and sponsorships with Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, later that year, on June 26, several of the team members returned to SK.
During his eight years as Managing Director for SK Gaming, Thorstensson coordinated with his German counterpart, Alexander T. Müller-Rodic, (commonly known as "TheSlaSH"), along with SK's founder Ralf Reichert, (commonly known as "Griff). The three of them worked to create a business platform around SK Gaming, from which he spent the great part of the entirety of that time operating with Müller-Rodic. Ever since his well-known inclusion into SK Gaming, Thorstensson created several innovative and extremely popular online applications that helped accelerate the growth rate of SK Gaming's already-expansive fan base. This includes the innovative cross-realm ranking system for World of Warcraft that, while in its prime, was the single most-popular third-party cross-realm ranking system in the world. In 2008, Swedish footballer Fredrik Lundgren became a co-owner of the GeekBoys business, with 1% of the company shares, won from a football bet with Thorstensson.
2010-present: Recent web development
On December 9, 2009, Thorstensson announced his retirement from SK Gaming to further pursue his web development profession, maintaining Geekboys.org as his personal business website. Following his departure from SK Gaming, Thorstensson continued with maintaining GeekBoys as his web-based business, developing several websites that received considerable notoriety, the first being Collected.info, a social networking platform to connect news feeds from other various websites under one account. The website is cooperatively developed by Thorstensson and the website's owners, David Sundan, Ted Persson Thorstensson's primary order of business, however, is Njuice.com, which uses advanced parsers to scan other networking websites for the consistently popular stories and create an expanded network in itself. According to Alexa, Njuice is Thorstensson's most-popular website, bringing in more than one million hits monthly, which is a greater number than SK Gaming's.
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