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Fnatic pty ltd
Fnatic Logo.svg
Location Headquarters in London, United Kingdom,[1] incorporated in Australia[2]
Founded 2004
Sponsors MSI
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2

League of Legends

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Website fnatic.com

Fnatic is a professional electronic sports team headquartered in London.[1] Founded July 23, 2004,[3] Fnatic has a number of esports teams on its roster, including one of the world's best Counter-Strike teams[4] and one of the best League of Legends teams in the World. Fnatic operate a dedicated gaming house for its League of Legends team based in Berlin, Germany. Fnatic also operate an independent digital agency, Sannpa, for businesses looking to be involved with Esports


Fnatic is one of the first and most prestigious competitive gaming organizations worldwide. With the world's largest social media reach of any Esports organization, the Fnatic fan base stretches across the globe. The company also owns a digital marketing agency called Sannpa that serves clients eager to engage with the prized 18-35 Esports audience.

The organization was founded on July 23, 2004 by Sam Mathews with the help of Anne Mathews. Fnatic has won the eSports Award Team of The Year in 2006,[5] and 2009.[6] After playing several years for Fnatic, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, a Counter-Strike player, became the Chief Gaming Officer of Fnatic in 2012. Since 2013, Anne Mathews is still the company's CFO while Sam Mathews remains as Board Chairman.

During 2008–09, Fnatic acquired sponsors MSI and SteelSeries. At that point, Fnatic became known as FnaticMSI.[7] Recently, Fnatic and MSI announced the MSI Beat It! tournament and continue to manage the event today. On the first of June, 2011, Fnatic partnered with EIZO to launch their gaming monitors into the market and continue to work with them today.

In January 2012, Fnatic took on RaidCall as a sponsor.[8] However this didn't mean the end of partnership with MSI, as they continue to provide the organization with laptops, graphics cards, and motherboards. With the new title Sponsor, Fnatic was able to expend operations into Korea and became the first foreign e-sports team to acquire a Professional Gaming House in Seoul, South Korea.[9]

Fnatic is best known for its legendary Counter-Strike 1.6 Team headed by leader Patrik 'cArn' Sattermon. Fnatic's recently disbanded League of Legends team won the Season 1 Championship and following this placed 1st in three out of the four European LCS Playoffs. The Fnatic of 2015 houses the world's best Counter-Strike Global Offensive team and a completely revamped League of Legends squad captained by Bora 'Yellowstar' Kim- a League of Legends veteran who's appeared in all of RIOT Games LCS Worlds events.

Today, Fnatic boasts the world's largest social media reach in Esports. The company has its Headquarters in London near the Silicon Roundabout at Old Street with a full-time senior management team including a CEO, CGO, Sales Director, Accounts Director and Head of Creative Services.

Notable alumni[edit]

First person shooter[edit]

From the mid-2011 to late 2011, Fnatic’s Counter Strike team placed top three in many events with their new acquired Danish AWP player, Michael “Friis” Jorgensen.[13]

As Pita decided to step back from gaming, Fnatic welcomed Andreas “MODDII” Fridh as the next rifle man.[14] Also probably a big surprise to all, when arguably the best in game leader in counter strike, Patrik “cArn” Sattermon announced his retirement before the IEM World Finals. However carn was not ready to call quit on his passion, as he directed his passion more towards the management side of the scene. He became the first CGO (Chief Gaming Officer) of Fnatic.[15] Xizt took on the role of the in game leader, as the team welcomes Finn “Karrigan” Andersen, another Danish player to fill the void left by the departure of cArn. The new squad was surprising able to win their first major LAN event at Copenhagen Games 2012. The same weekend FnaticRC.aLive was able to win his first ever major tournament at IPL4 Las Vegas.[16]

After fnatic CS won DreamHack Summer and Swedish Championship, Rasmus "Gux" Stahl decided to retire from Counter Strike and left an open spot in Fnatic. On 26 June Fnatic announced that Martin "trace" Heldt will be the 5th in the team. After this transfer Fnatic. CS changes the flag to the Danish one after a dominance of Swedes in the lineup. In August Richard "Xizt" Landstorm left the team to play CS:GO in Team NiP; Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson was announced as his replacement.

As one of the best teams in the World, Fnatic decided to switch to CS:GO as one of the last teams in the scene. In order to complete the roster, Fnatic announced that Xyp9x & JOKERN will join the other three Danish players to compete in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.[17] The squad were not able to bring the required results, so the organisation decided to go in a different direction. Rytter, who joined Fnatic not long before they switched to CS:GO and Jokern were replaced by Moddi and Stinger.[18] Now the squad was not an all Danish line-up. In May, Fnatic announced that another player will make their return to the CS squad, Karrigan took over, in place of Stringer in order to bring Fnatic back to the top. Only a few months later, in July, the rumors of Moddii leaving Fnatic, were confirmed and soon Fnatic announced the end of an Era, as they were parting ways with the remaining four players, Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, Martin "Trace" Heldt, Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth and Finn "Karrigan" Andersen.[19] During that time the team was able to finish in the 3rd/4th position of the EMS Season 1 Finals.[20]

For a number of weeks, Fnatic was without a CS:GO team. They published the announcement that they picked up the ex-Epsilon team, which in the mean time picked up Moddii as their fifth player.[21] So far, the new team has finished second in the MadCatz invitational in Birmingham.[22]

Besides making the transition to CS:GO, Fnatic also expanded into a new game. In November 2012, Fnatic announced that they picked up a Shootmania team. Recruiting Kévin "Strenx" Baéza, a former member of their previous Quake team as well as two new players, Maikel "LeKaiM" Peeters and Jean Pierre "JiePie" Janssen. The trio won numerous smaller cups, also the Shootmania Launch Party, where they claimed $30,000.[23]

Real-time strategy[edit]

With DXRacer joining the list of sponsors, Fnatic decided to expand to Korea by being the first foreign team to establish a permanent training facility for the players. On March 19, 2012 they announce that they will open the Fnatic Gaming House in Seoul.[24] In order to fill the gaming house, the eSports organisation picked up several talents from the Korean StarCraft II scene. In January, DeParture and the Warcraft legend, Moon, as well as aLive move into the gaming house. They are coached by Hwanni who also joined Fnatic that month. Later, also OZ and Luvsic are signed by Fnatic. During that time also in the European department, players join and leave. Fnatic announced in July that ToD will part ways with them. But Harstem and Naama are added to the roster.[25] Then at the end of 2012 the first Koreans leave Fnatic. First off, Rain announces his retirement and therefore leaves the team. He is followed by Byul, Ares and Moon. Only two players are left in Korea and thus Fnatic announces to switch the focus back to Europe. They close down the Gaming House and end the contracts with aLive and OZ.[26] In the mean time Harstem was promoted from the Academy to the main roster, and the team picks up SaSe, another well known face in the scene.[27] Further, Pink, Zanster and Hellokitty are recruited to play for Fnatic.

Massive Online Battle Arena (MOBA)[edit]

In 2006–07 Fnatic added a World of Warcraft division, Fnatic.WoW. Returning to represent Fnatic in the World of Warcraft 3v3 community was Fnatic’s very own TooGood, Vo0, and Ztrider. The Fnatic.WoW division won top finishes in events including BlizzCon, IEM and MLG.

Fnatic added first a Defense of the Ancients team Fnatic.DotA in 2007–08, represented by Ritter "Ritter" Rusli, Romi "melen" Gunawan, Ariyanto "Lakuci" Sony, Sugiarto "BaHaMuT" Cahyadi, Jeffry "Neo" Lu.[28] Formerly they were known as XcN DotA.

In 2008–09, Fnatic picked up a new DotA team including Edvin "Kwom" Börjesson, Jonathan "Loda" Berg, Rasmus "Misery-" Berth, Rene "Kebap-" Werner, and Aringazin "Aidar" Aidar.[29]

In 2012, Fnatic picked up the former GamersLeague Dota 2 squad in order to compete with the top teams. The all Serbian lineup placed fourth in ESWC, but soon after that the team parted ways with Fnatic.[30]

During 2010–11 FnaticMSI.HoN was restructured with players like Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, Kalle "Trixi" Saarinen, Henrik "Freshpro" Hansen, Jascha "Nova_" Markuse, and Tal "Fly" Aizik.[31]

After the department of the Serbian Dota 2 team, the HoN team which claimed four Dreamhack titles made the transition to Valve’s new MOBA, Dota 2.[32] Yet the team had to replace Jascha "NoVa_" Markuse who didn’t want to switch to Dota 2.[33] In order to fill the gap, Fnatic recruited Trixi Kalle Saarinen, who left the HoN Squad a few months earlier. During the early stages, the team had a rough time playing the new game, but improved quite fast and achieved the first win in form of the SLTV ProSeries Season 2. Further, Fnatic established a North American Squad by picking up JT.Dota [34] During that time the former HoN team made a name for themselves in the Dota 2 Scene, winning several tournaments online and offline, by beating the top teams in Europe. They were invited to The International 2013, where they finished among the top eight.[35]

Fnatic also entered the League of Legends scene by the roster of myRevenge in March, 2011. Only two months later, WetDreaM left Fnatic, right before Riot’s Season 1 Championship.[36] Nevertheless, Fnatic performed incredibly well during Season 1 and was crowned the Season 1 Champions. But then the team started to fall apart, also due to the fact that Season two was not nearly as good as the first one. First off, MagicFingers departed from Fnatic and Mellissan went inactive. In order to fill the position, Fnatic hires Pheilox to step in.[37] The team goes through some massive changes between June and September. Shuhei, Mellisan, Pheilox, and Lamia leave the roster and have to be replaced by sOAZ, and nRated.[38][39][40] Yet the team was lacking a capable AD Carry and thus the 16 year old Rekkles was recruited.[41] At that point Fnatic found their old strength, winning DreamHack Winter 2012, finishing second at IPL 5 in Las Vegas and IEM Season VII – Global Challenge Cologne [42] Due to the fact that Rekkles is not old enough to play in the Riot Season 3 Championship, he had to be replaced with YellOwStar. But the young swede remained in Fnatic and formed the Fnatic Beta team. With YellOwstar as their AD Carry, Fnatic won the Spring Split of Season 3. but during the Summer Split, the team struggled a bit and came to the decision that a player had to leave the team. In July 2013, Fnatic announced changes in the LoL Roster. nRated, the main support leaves the team and YellOwstar, the former AD carry switches roles to play support. Puszu joins the team in Cologne in their Gaming House to finish Season 3 as Fnatic’s AD Carry.[43] The changes in the Roster proved to be the right step as Fnatic was able to win the Season 3 Summer split as well and qualify for the World Finals in Los Angeles, California. Although Rekkles would have been old enough to play in the World Finals, the team decided to play with Puszu as their AD Carry, as he performed really well during the season and they didn’t want to practise with two different Carries. During the Group Stage of Season 3: World Finals, Fnatic only dropped one game and found themselves in the Quarter Finals against Cloud 9—the best team from North America—with a 2:1 victory over them Fnatic advances to the Semi Finals against Royal Club Huang Zu. This is where the run of Fnatic ends, but they finish in the 3rd–4th position at the World Finals.[44]

Other divisions[edit]

In 2008, Fnatic picked up Maximo12, a talented FIFA soccer player who won several titles in 2008–09. Winning the WCG Spain 2008 is only one of them.[45] Also, in 2012, Perfect Legend joins the Fnatic Team. He is known to be one of the best Fighting Game Players in the world, claiming three EVO titles and numerous other events. [46]

Current roster[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[47][48][edit]

  • Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten
  • Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • Sweden Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson

League of Legends[49][edit]

  • France Support : Bora "Yellowstar" Kim
  • France AD carry : Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi
  • Netherlands Mid-Laner : Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten
  • South Korea Jungler : Kim "Reignover" Ui-jin
  • South Korea Top-Laner : Seong "Huni" Hoon Heo


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