Finnish organisation ENCE eSports, has confirmed the appointment of new CEO Mika Kuusisto. Kuusisto joins ENCE with 15-years of experience in building various sales and marketing teams in both technology and gaming start-ups. Former CEO and Founder Petri Hämälä will remain at the company focusing on player development.
2018 has been a good year for the Finnish outfit, with their CS:GO squad winning the StarSeries i-League Season 6 finals against Vega Squadron and netting the organisation a cool $125,000 (£100,000) in the process. ENCE attribute a lot of the success of their all Finnish roster to their acquisition of superstar player Aleksi “allu” Jalli.
More recent success for the organisation came at BlizzCon, where their Finnish StarCraft 2 and Zerg master Joona “Serral” Sotala, became the first non-Korean to win the StarCraft WCS Global Finals, beating Korean Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob(김대엽) 4-2.
Mika Kuusisto, CEO, ENCE eSports Oy, had this to say about the new role: “I could not be more excited to join the leading Finnish esports organization. ENCE has already established itself globally and keeps challenging the world’s leading teams in several games. We are very ambitious about our future and want to accelerate our growth towards TOP 5 multi-team esports organization in the world. I believe my strong technology background will help ENCE to further capitalize on its success, and innovate scalable and technology-driven business models to fuel further growth”
ENCE’s CSGO team will do battle this weekend at DreamHack Winter in neighbouring Sweden, as they look to progress through the DreamHack Open CSGO, their first match is against G2. They will also take part in the Rainbow Six: Winter event being hosted at DreamHack.
Esports Insider says: ENCE clearly feel that this new leadership is exactly what the team needs to drive them forward after the teams’ success in 2018. They now position themselves in a good spot to push forward with teams in CS:GO, Rainbow Six, StarCraft and Hearthstone.