Entire StarCraft 2 eSports Pro-Team Saved, Acquired by Quantic

Through a deal facilitated by the support of two Google employees, pro-gaming team and media production company Quantic Gaming has acquired the majority of Team Vile’s StarCraft 2 roster, becoming one of the largest pro-gaming teams in the StarCraft 2 eSports scene.

The acquisition sees Quantic’s roster rise to 17 members, picking up the following Team Vile players and effectively saving a team that has been undergoing major management restructuring:

  • Illusion
  • State
  • Spanishiwa
  • DdoRo
  • HasHe
  • Hawk
  • SyNc
  • ChAnCe
  • Domorin
  • PsY

Ian Gulliver and Stephen Gunn, two software engineers at Google with a love for gaming and StarCraft, had been involved with Team Vile and the eSports scene for almost a year. After getting to know the Vile players and becoming emotionally invested in their success, they decided to financially support the group in order to further their eSports careers.

In an exclusive interview with Game Front, Ian Gulliver and Stephen Gunn, as well as Quantic eSports Director Garrett Yeager, shared their thoughts on the acquisition and the future of Quantic Gaming.

Gunn, who has historically taught children at a local Montessori school to play StarCraft as a team-building exercise, explained how he initially became involved with Team Vile:

“I originally got involved because I saw how eSports was growing, and given the success that we’ve had at Google, I was personally looking for a way to pay that forward in the form of opportunity for other people. Speaking about SC in particular, I wanted to create opportunity for kids to do stuff at a world-class, world competition level that they may not otherwise have had if they didn’t have someone to help back them and support them.”

We asked the duo how the deal with Quantic came about. Gulliver said:

“Vile was in the middle of a management shakeup in the last few weeks, and Stephen and I came to the point where we were worried about the players finding a solid place to land and propel them further upward in the eSports community. We have a lot of really awesome players and want to make sure they see their full potential.

“Stephen had already been talking to Quantic CEO Mark Ferraz, and was very excited about this idea. After some initial skepticism, I started talking to the Quantic guys and was very impressed with the organization and how directed it is, how focused it is — things that really stick out relative to other folks I’ve met in the eSports community. So we started talking about whether this was the right place for the players we knew and decided that this would be a good fit: our strong lineup of players with Quantic’s strong management.

“We started talking to our players about this idea, and they felt the same way. They’re really excited about this opportunity.”

Gunn added:

“Ian and I were both resolved to continue to support the group of players that we had and we were in a situation to do that financially, so we looked at the options we had. We considered many, many options, including starting a new team, partnering with other teams, etc.

“It’s the opportunity that we discussed with Quantic that turned into what we’re discussing here today. And that basically boiled down to a discussion about what we needed for our players, what Ian and I felt those players needed to help collectively represent them. Then it turned into a situation in which we were comfortable making a strategic investment into Quantic so that this could all happen.”

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21 Comments on Entire StarCraft 2 eSports Pro-Team Saved, Acquired by Quantic

aLeX

On May 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

♥ PsY

sapling

On May 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I’m here because of PsY!

Cerb

On May 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

♥ PsY

smokea27

On May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

be gentle with psy, its his first <3

Akip

On May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Here because of Psy, we love you….

elmo

On May 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

love you long time psy

Nils Ove

On May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Nice to get some news about this aswell, cheeers!

Jorge

On May 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Psy send me over ♥

P.

On May 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Love Psy ! Love from France, Kiss !

Train

On May 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

It’s all about Psy’s Vileness

vab

On May 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

psy is the man

Kilgoth

On May 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

I love team vile. Not because they’re necessarily the #1 best of the best (although they do have some very good players), but because all of them make for very entertaining matches and because they’re friendly guys. Vile has also brought forth a great deal of innovative solid strategies, so it’s good to see them having a future!

Sigh

On May 5, 2012 at 2:21 am

Meh the only reason you guys <3 PsY is because you are Zerg players, from what ive noticed from giving his content on youtube a good amount of time to impress have just been so disapointing the normal casts of games he have done is like hearing BEAUTIFUL FUNGAL BEAUTIFUL FUNGAL BEAUTIFUL FUNGAL BEAUTIFUL FUNGAL. If you know what i mean, and the only reason why i even post here is how disgusted ive been when I have posted either constructive critism without rage without being offensive and all the little zerglings just rage for fury.

Which makes me think of oh wait. Idra fans behaves in a certain way. Oh wait the lamest person in SC2 history Destiny oh his fans is exactly the same.
I have no idea why every single fan of well the 4 zerg players that have a fanbase where I have noticed how lame you guys are. Probably because you guys are fans of retarded ppl who have a fanbase only because they are creating drama or/and raging and being BM. Tactical Nuke plz.

7bagger

On May 5, 2012 at 2:36 am

♥ PSY ♥

Mark

On May 5, 2012 at 3:27 am

I love Psy and I’m not zerg, in fact I don’t even own starcraft (yet) but I jump on youtube everyday to see what Psy has uploaded.

Ethanol

On May 5, 2012 at 5:58 am

Im here because of Spy, Psy’s black brother.

Acidrain

On May 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Dear, Sigh, i’m not a zerg player and i love Psy’s casts. They are both entertaining and educational so gtfo with your lame QQing

Shmonz

On May 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

PsY <3!!!! He's so awesome, if he plays more he will probably out watch everyone in the whole ing world. LOVE HIM.

erick

On May 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

hopefully this will get psy off his lazy ass and play sc2!!! :) )

i <3 PsY

nogero

On May 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

hell yeah! Quantic is going to be much more fun to watch! Hope they can all train together in a house or something, then they would beastmode in tourneys!