In the last couple of days, we have been dropping hints about a new announcement on Apeks’s social media. Yesterday we told our followers that our latest investment is going into Fortnite. This is an exciting day for us – moving into a new title. Today we can finally announce our two new signings. We have signed Miran «IDrop» Tavakolzadeh as a player and Erik «Bloodx» Guttormsen as the head coach.
Tavakolzadeh is excited for the future after signing with Apeks.
– I am excited to work with Apeks! I think it looks like a good club with a lot of potentials and a bright future. They also have a Norwegian headquarter, which makes it easier to work with them. My goal for this year is to work hard and prove that I am one of the best. I think these goals will be easier to achieve with the solid foundation that Apeks provides.
Guttormsen, a well-known Norwegian player, is moving into a coaching role in Apeks.
– I’ve always wanted to pursue a career within e-sports and gaming. I have always had a strong inner drive when I play games, craving to be the best and improve as much as I can. Over the course of 15 years in the gaming scene, I’ve experienced a lot. I want to help new talent build off of my experience and create tomorrow’s superstars. Teaching has always been something I love to do. I enjoy seeing players improve and understand what gaming is really about. Gaming is much more than just pressing some buttons.
Moving from a player to a coaching role can be challenging for a lot of people. Guttormsen is happy to take a new step forward.
– When Apeks came to me at first, I hadn’t ultimately decided what I wanted to do since I still was competing. A couple of days after the initial contact, I realized that the time had come to begin the next chapter. I have, as most know, been coaching and mentoring players all along. Now, however, I’m going all in, and I can’t wait to show everyone what we can do and will do together with Apeks in 2021. I don’t set goals for myself or players because I don’t particularly appreciate dealing with self-applied pressure. Most people don’t cope very well with pressure. However, I do think an FNCS win is possible in 2021. The most crucial factor is to hone your skills every single day and never stop improving.
Head of Esports, Anders Kjær, explaining why Apeks is moving into Fortnite.
– We are going into Fortnite because there is a great Norwegian interest in the game and an abundance of fantastic players. The timing also has to do with FNC’s announcing trios will be the tournament structure for an entire year. For us, that means we can plan and work towards something over time. We believe our hard work will lead to success. The most significant part about Apeks going into Fortnite is the acquisition of Blood. Having a world-class coach to be the pillar in our venture in Fortnite is the critical factor that will make this work. He knows what he is doing and has proven that he can get the players to perform at a high level.