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


Gunn explained how this will probably be just one of many acquisitions the eSports scene will see this year:

“I’m excited to see the payoff of the first year of SC2 eSports. I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen this next year. There are things like this acquisition going on amongst teams in North America; if you think about market forces in general and how markets behave, I think we’re going to see a number of these sorts of mergers, acquisitions, teams calling it quits, etc. this year.”

Gulliver spoke about the synergy he expects to see between the Vile roster and Quantic’s management:

“I think Vile’s biggest strength — which I don’t see in a lot of the community — is that we have a group of players that are great friends, who get along really well with each other, and who enjoy spending time with each other online, because they are geographically spread out all over the place. They really like each other as people and care about everyone’s best interests.

“I think seeing that very close-knit group combined with the real direction towards a goal that Quantic brings is exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”

Garrett Yeager, a public relations professional who joined Quantic in December of last year thanks to a post he made on Reddit, expressed his excitement over the acquisition:

“There’s no denying the competitive level of our new roster. It’s going to be a really, really strong team. And that excites me, because as the manager, I like to win. I’m also really excited about building relationships with all the players we acquire through this. I’ve already talked to a few of them, and they all seem like great guys with their heads screwed on straight.”

Of course, moving to a more rigidly structured team can be a system shock for some players, but Gulliver believes it will be an enjoyable experience:

“I think the Vile guys are going to have a fun time getting used to enforced practice schedules and people actually spending time caring about their registrations for events, online qualifiers, and all that. Vile’s been a great family, but Stephen and myself have swung and missed a few times on things like event registration, so getting used to being in what feels like a real, formal team is going to be a fun time for these guys.”

Garret, who now has to manage a player roster that’s more than doubled in size, is looking forward to the challenge:

“We now have 17 players on our roster, which is a huge roster list. It’s much bigger than just about any other team, barring Slayers, which is a little bigger. While I think we’ll handle it fine, it’ll be interesting to see how things work out. I’m excited about working with that many players.”

With Google and eSports involved in the same conversation, the topic of Sean “Day[9]” Plott’s After Hours Gaming League inevitably arose, and Gunn revealed that he was a major player on Google’s side of the equation:

The person who was to coordinate that inside Google decided they didn’t have time for it at the last minute, so I ended up actually being the captain for Google’s team this year — though a more appropriate title would be Water Boy, given my ladder rank.

Gunn offered the following closing thoughts that echoed everyone’s sentiments:

“I think we’re all in violent agreement here, but eSports is awesome. It’s a lot of fun; if you think it’s not fun, you should try it and realize it is.”

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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!