Panda Global has continued its expansion by announcing the arrival of Eduardo “HookGangGod” Deno, with the leading fighting game personality having joined the organization as a content creator. Having already confirmed the arrival of Juatin “JWong” Wong earlier this week, it is an exciting time for followers of Panda Global, with Deno set to create content for both PG and his own personal channels.
Why Panda Global Snapped Up HookGangGod
The North American organization has clearly been on the hunt for Deno for an extended period of time, with HookGangGod stating on Twitter that “It’s been a long time coming. I’m glad to finally be able to represent Panda Global and take my career to the next level.” Widely regarded as being one of the leading Dragon Bal FighterZ players in North America today, HookGangGod is closing in on 50,000 Twitch followers.
The 23-year-old is also ranked sixth on Panda Global’s own PGRZ rankings, with names including Goichi “GO1” Kishida, Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, and Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue sitting ahead of him. Deno has a global ranking of 23, while he is 7th in the Americas region at present.
What the Move Will Mean for HookGangGod
HookGangGod was actually fired from a movie theatre for playing too much Dragon Ball FighterZ in his spare time, however such dedication quickly saw him move into the top 10 in online leaderboards. Transitioning into offline tournaments, Deno began to dominate there too, which is part of the reason why NRG Esports offered him a major sponsorship deal, becoming one of their first fighting game representatives in the process.
The popular eSports personality parted company with NRG earlier this year, however it did not take long for Panda Global to make their move. The agreement is likely to benefit both parties, with HookGangGod hoping to boost his following on both Twitch and YouTube. Deno has a success at the Thunderstruck 2018 to his name, a win which saw him qualify for the 2018-2019 World Tour Finals. There, he would eventually finish in 7th position, following defeats against Dogura and Fenritti.