Fnatic was founded in July 2004 by Sam and Anne Mathews, with them both based in London at the time, and where Fnatic still holds its headquarters. Due to their acclaim and impact within the community, the team also has a base in Sweden. Thanks to the dynamic leadership of Sam Mathews and his partner Anne, this is one of the most well respected and valued esports teams within the industry.
As you’d expect with a team of this calibre, Fnatic competes in events on a global scale, partaking in events surrounding the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Dota 2, as well as a few others. Given the scale of their successes, it’s no surprise that Fnatic takes part in many events around the world on an annual basis, visiting over 25 different countries each time.
The Fnatic Team
Taking into account what we already know, it makes sense that the Fnatic team often changes its roster. When things don’t quite work out, usually a roster shift can bring fresh changes to the organization. One of the most recent changes was the departure of Olofmeister in August 2017. Golden stepped in to take his place, and since then, the Fnatic lineup has consisted of KRiMZ, JW, flusha, Golden, and Lekr0. The Fnatic roster also has Jumpy at their side as a coach.
Currently, Golden plays the in-game leader role for Fnatic. JW players as the primary Awper, whilst both Lekro and Flusha take the rifler role. KRiMZ is often seen playing the support role.
If you want to see behind the scenes or learn more about the team, all players have their own accounts on Twitter.
Why Fnatic is One of the Best
Fnatic has long been one of the biggest names in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. They have been competing in the scene for 14 years, and have since branched out to other games.
Currently, the Fnatic roster is known to be one of the best in the scene thanks to their lineup of star Swedish players. The core three players KRiMZ, JW, and Flusha have played together for years, now. Their team chemistry and cohesion is incredible. Alongside the veteran players, we also have Lekr0 and Golden. Whilst both of these players aren’t as well known and may not carry as many medals under their names, they still have plenty of experience within the industry.
It’s not just the CS:GO Fnatic roster that makes them such a popular organization. Fnatic has lots of experience with other esports, most notably Dota and League of Legends. One of the most obvious reasons for them being so prominent within the esports industry that they amassed many awards in a short period of time, with their first being the esports Team of the year in 2006. As if they one time wasn’t enough, they then won this award again in 2009, providing further evidence of their determination to reign supreme within the industry.
Between the periods of 2006 and 2009, Fnatic also started attracting their first high profile sponsors, MSI and SteelSeries. Due to these new sponsorships, the team was able to enter the Korean gaming industry with more ease, resulting in them becoming the first foreign group to operate within their own house in Seoul, North Korea. This was a major coup, and one that no other team had managed previously, further heightening the reach of Fnatic. Since then, Fnatic has attracted a whole raft of support from a number of major organisations, with their current sponsors including that of Fnatic Gear, Monster, MSI, and Seagate.
Fnatic has a string of impressive achievements worth boasting about, with some of them dating back several years, such as in 2009. During this time, they won the Intel Extreme Masters III, with them then going on to claim first place four years down the line, this time at the DreamHack Winter 2013 competition.
This ability to place first continued, with them gaining top position a total of five times throughout 2015, including the ESL One Katowice 2015, the ESL ESEA Pro League Season One Finals, the ESL One Cologne 2015, and the ESL ESEA Pro League Season Two Finals. This was the golden season of Fnatic in CS:GO. It was safe to say at this point that Fnatic was the best in the world, and nobody could stop them.
In 2016 and 2017, Fnatic’s domination came to an end. They were still a top tier team, but their major-winning spree at the top ended. Fnatic mostly struggled after going through some particularly big roster changes.
It wasn’t until early 2018 that Fnatic started to see some notable results. Recently, Fnatic reached first place in the huge WESG 2017 World Finals, taking home $800,000. Fnatic also came first at IEM Katowice 2018, taking another $250,000 after beating current top-1 team FaZe clan in a very close best of five final.
In summary, Fnatic’s achievements in and out of CS:GO has helped the organization to become one of the leading companies paving the way for the future of gaming and esports.
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