When PUBG came out, it was an awful game, to be honest.
A lot of the current professional PUBG playerbase came from The War Z. Players like Ibiza, Krama, and a few others. We’d just moved over from that game, but found that PUBG wasn’t exactly what we’d hoped it would be yet.
Whilst keeping an eye out for a new “main game”, Ibiza and I stuck it out with PUBG. As it turned out, we didn’t manage to find another game for quite some time, and we ended up becoming the top duo in Europe.
I was still in school back then, doing my first year of IT. I played a lot but my energy was still focussed on school. The game wasn’t ready for a competitive scene anyway. We had a Discord group for the top players. That was about it.
Basically, that was the start of PUBG esports. It was definitely the start for me and Ibiza. Not long after we joined, PUBGOnline launched. The first real tournament, just a community thing.
My first team was with Ibiza, Mxey, and Real_Paddy. We made it just for PUBGOnline, but with the idea that you never know where it could lead, you know?
I think we actually won the first phase of that first tournament. Unfortunately, that promising start was followed up by Ibiza getting an offer from Team Kinguin, one of the first actual organizations to get into PUBG.
Couldn’t blame him for taking it, but it was gutting to have to split up so soon.
I found my footing at Team Crimson, my first “proper” team. Me, MiracU, TeaBone, and TEXQS. MiracU is now on Ninjas in Pyjamas, TeaBone is a free agent, and TEXQS got banned for cheating a couple of months ago. Certainly a mixed bag.
When I joined Team Crimson and qualified for IEM Oakland, the first LAN tournament for PUBG, I told my parents that I was going to take a really big risk that could well not work out. I’d never really thought about going “pro”, but it was time.
I decided to quit school to focus on competing. The reason being that I believed the scene could grow, and I had an opportunity to be positioned very well.
Things didn’t start well, especially once Team Crimson disbanded a little while after Oakland. That didn’t sit well with my parents, who were already unsure of the whole thing. Obviously, they knew nothing about esports, so I was up against it trying to convince them I’d made the right choice.
Rather than head back to school, I picked up a part-time job to make some money. The next team I formed was called “Airstation Mike”, alongside my former teammate, Ynck. We also had Fuffenz and Ewanng.
We played in pretty much any tournament we could. Our top three placing in Auzom, with quite a few top teams involved, was what convinced us to start approaching organizations.
It took a couple of months of discussions, but eventually Rogue signed us up for the IEM Katowice qualifiers.
Quite like most of my PUBG career up to that point though, the good was followed very swiftly by the bad, and we were dropped after a couple of months.
A good friend of mine, Turtle, who’s now retired, got in touch. He told me that Ghost Gaming were making some changes and wanted to know if I was interested in joining.
From staying up at night worrying about what I was going to do now that I’d left school, to contemplating a move to the U.S.
I wasn’t ready for that…but what choice did I have? Maybe It would work out fine?
I verbally accepted the offer. I had to. Full-time PUBG is all I wanted, and if I had to move across the Atlantic ocean to do it, then I would.
As it turns out, I didn’t need to. The very next day I was approached by Team Vitality, who informed me they also wanted my old teammate, Ynck. I really did take some time to think over the options, with Ghost Gaming presenting the best financial deal, but I chose Vitality in the end. Money has never been my primary motivation anyway.
We had a rough start with Global Loot League Season 2, but it wasn’t a big deal. We just needed more time together. StarSeries Season 2 proved that.
After sitting in first place for the entire tournament, we fucked it up in the final game. That pushed us from first to third.
It would have been amazing to win the event, obviously, but it really wasn’t the end of the world. Our sights were set on the Pro League ever since the PGL PUBG Fall Invitational, anyway.
Everybody knew that six teams were going to be invited to the PEL. Nobody knew who those teams were going to be. There was some speculation, but it was simply “wait and see” for most of us.
It was in the middle of a scrim that we were told we’d received an invite.
I knew it was a possibility, but actually getting the news was such a relief. No need to play through the qualifiers, with so many strong teams.
And so off we went to the Team Vitality gaming house in Berlin. I have to say, I’m not missing home at all. It’s fantastic here. Everything is so nice.
There were delays in the league, but since we had a gaming house, there was less pressure on us. We just kept our heads down and practised. We were ready before most of the other teams.
I’m so grateful to Team Vitality for looking after us while we waited.
Now, we want first place. We expect nothing less. We have the players, the skill, and the strategy.
Ever since getting my first break in esports, I’ve wanted to be the best. I’d be absolutely ecstatic if we could win the PUBG Europe League. Words wouldn’t be able to describe my feelings if we can make it happen.
If we can win the league, then we can win the PUBG Classic. Europe is the best region in PUBG so if we can do damage locally, we can make a run at the Global Championship.
Sure, a lot of teams can win, but I have no doubt in my mind that we’re one of those teams. FaZe Clan and Team Liquid are probably our biggest rivals but we’re certainly not afraid of them.
We’re here to conquer the world.