Guild Esports has entered into a consulting agreement with Duncan “Thorin” Shields in order to help the organization in developing a leading CS:GO team. Thorin broke the news himself via a post on Twitter, with the well-known personality having developed a good reputation within the industry over the years.
What Will Thorin Bring to Guild Esports?
Thorin has presented, casted and reported on CS:GO events since around 2001, with Guild undoubtedly hoping that his experience can be hugely beneficial to them. Guild are perhaps looking to mirror the actions taken by Cloud9, who recently hired Henry “HenryG” Greer as General Manager, in the hope of creating a world class CS:GO roster.
Speaking upon the announcement, Thorin posted: “Guild Esports made a splash with their initial announcement and I’m pleased to announce that as they look to enter the Counter-Strike space, where I have been deeply embedded for decades, I have agreed to a consulting partnership with them.”
Why Guild Esports Could Become a Major Force
Guild Esports has already made a splash in the Esports scene, thanks in part to a significant investment from David Beckham. Meanwhile, the organization also listed on the London Stock Exchange, which raised over £40 million. Meanwhile, Guild followed this by announcing a major sponsorship deal with a technology company, worth over £3 million.
Guild completed its first Esports roster earlier in 2020 by signing a quality European Rocket League team, which was followed by the arrival of FIFA’s Niklas “NRaseck” Raseck. The organization has more recently added a Valorant roster to its ranks, with their sights now being firmly set on CS:GO.
Speaking more specifically on what his role at Guild will involve, Thorin said:
“I will help them develop their model for building the team and advise on players and staff I think appropriate to aid them in establishing themselves as a significant force in this part of the industry.”
Meanwhile, Guild Esports Executive Chairman, Carleton Curtis, briefly has his say on the agreement too, stating: “We are delighted to partner with Thorin and work with him to build the best Counter-Strike entry strategy for Guild.” It appears from the information available at this time that Thorin will act more as a consultant for Guild, rather than a General Manager.