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| 15. October 2021

Apex Legends – Guild Esports Announces New Roster

Esports organization and lifestyle brand, Guild Esports, continue to enter new markets. This week, the org announced the formation of an Apex Legends roster, which will become Guild’s sixth professional team. Apex Legends, the hero shooter title from Respawn Entertainment, is going from strength to strength, with a number of new teams having been created of late.

The roster acquired by Guild sits inside the top 10 in Europe. The tema is made up by Matej “MaTaFe” Fekonja from Slovenia, Juho “Silta” Sillanpaa from Finland and Younes “Horizxon” Elkherrat from the UK. The trio have signed 12-month contracts with Guild, although the org has the option to extend them for another year. As part of the deal, the players will receive an annual salary, as well as performance-based bonuses, as is now standard in Esports.

When Will We See the Team in Action?

Fans will not have to wait long to see the trio in Guild colors, with the team set to compete at the newly-formed Apex Legends Global Series, which gets underway on October 16. With a total prize pool of $5 million, Guild will be hoping to receive a return on their investment immediately. With the org having a top coaching department in place, it could well be that their new roster challenges for the leading honors.

Apex Legends regularly features in the top 5 most-watched videos on Twitch, demonstrating the game’s significant growth over the last 12 months. There are now over 100 million franchise players across the globe, with such stats having undoubtedly influenced Guild’s decision to enter the scene. Speaking on the announcement, new player MaTaFe stated that:

“I’ve been a big fan of what Guild has been doing in the industry for a long time, so when I was given the opportunity to be part of its first ever Apex Legends team it was a no brainer. Together with Silta and Horizxon, I’m excited to push the team to new heights and compete at the highest levels. With Guild’s unique and personalised academy training programme, I’m confident that the organisation will only continue to get stronger and I’m looking forward to being a part of that journey.”

What Guild Esports Has Said on the Announcement

Meanwhile, Kal Hourd, Guild Esports Chief Executive, had the following to say on the news: “From the beginning, our goal has always been to bring together the best and most entertaining esports players to build an organisation that excites fans, attracts brands and provides teams with the opportunity to develop into champions. Our new Apex team incorporates this ambition entirely, allowing us to continue disrupting the industry with advancements into new tournaments and representing Europe as a true force in Apex Legends.”