London-based organisation Fnatic has appointed Stuart Brown, formerly of The Football Association (FA), as its first Esports Operations Lead.
According to a release, the newly created role intends to provide all of Fnatic’s rosters with ‘best-in-class team management’.
Brown joins the organisation after 12 years working with The FA as a member of its backroom staff for the England national team. His most recent role was as the association’s Lead England Senior Men’s Team Manager.
As Esports Operations Lead, he will collaborate with Fnatic’s team managers in a bid to improve performances across a number of titles including League of Legends and CS:GO.
Sam Matthews, CEO at Fnatic, spoke on the hire in a release: “We’re very excited to have Stuart on board to play a key role in levelling up our operations as well as facilitating the drive for high-performance across our esports division.
“Having worked with elite national teams in football, Stuart’s experience will be invaluable to unlock another level of improvements, which builds on our work in the High Performance Unit. Stuart will also champion the roll-out of our player wellbeing initiatives and Global Safeguarding Policies.”
Alongside working with the organisation’s team managers, Brown will support the rollout of its safeguarding policies for the esports industry, which was first unveiled in July 2021. The policies aim to build a safe system to protect children and young adults.
Brown commented on his new role with Fnatic: “Fnatic are deeply committed to continuous improvement. I’m excited to bring my experience from the world of traditional sports and fuse that with the innovation and opportunity in the esports space – to find the extra 1 percent’s for Fnatic’s teams. I’m looking forward to continuing to professionalise Fnatic’s backroom functions and further integrating our esports teams with the wider company.”
Esports Insider says: Having worked with elite sporting professionals, Brown arrives at Fnatic with plenty of transferrable skills that can be applied to the organisation’s infrastructure and performance of its teams.