Schalke 04 FC is a football club based in Germany that has been involved with esports in recent times. It has recently been announced that they will be bringing on board the ex-League of Legends player, as well as being an EU LCS caster Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels are the team’s head coach. This was announced in a press release and it is an exciting move for the organisation.
In addition to this head coach change, the organisation has also made some internal changes with the ex-head of esports Tim Reichert being moved to the position of chief gaming officer. They have also made a new hire in the form of the ex-general manager of Splyce, Hans Christian “Liq” Dürr, who will be taking up the recently opened role of head of esports.
This sees the whole organisation aligned on the same page as they prepare for the 2018 season and they are building a foundation upon which they hope to compete in the biggest events in the game. They will have a training environment that is structured and both the staff and the players will have the necessary support and infrastructure to create a successful FC Schalke 04 team.
The person who is departing the role of head coach is Michael ‘Veteran’ Archer. Krepo, of course, cannot combine his new role with that of casting for the EU LCS, which he stepped down from back in the month of June.
Krepo will now focus on building the roster for the upcoming season, as well as placing a heavy emphasis on the development of players. Currently, the group is still on the lookout for a strategic coach who will be able to perform a variety of key roles for the team.
Schake have already earned a place in the EU LCS Spring Split for 2018 after they overcame Ninjas in Pyjamas in a clean 3-0 sweep during the promotion tournament. This came after the team had originally been relegated to the challenger position after they had finished 8th at the EU LCS Summer Split event in 2016 in addition to losing out the Misfits organisation in that promotion event.
In other news, it has been announced by the brand director of PSG that they are going to leave the world of League of Legends. This announcement was made barely twelve months after they had created a lot of spotlight when they entered the European Challenger Series with the well renowned Bora “YellOwStar” Kim leading them.
The main concern of PSG is the revenue sharing model that Riot Games offers and they feel that the compensation is not adequate, especially as the salaries of professional gamers is constantly inflating and the audience is ever expanding. Until these issues are rectified it looks like one of the biggest names in European esports will not be taking part in what is a hit to the organisers of key events.
This is certainly going to a space that is of high attention. There are questions abounding as to whether other teams will follow the example that PSG has set in sitting out.