Nicolas Estrup leaves BLAST to join ESL FACEIT Group

05 September 2023

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(ESI Illustration) Image credit: ESL FACEIT Group / Nicolas Estrup

Nicolas Estrup, Chief Innovation Officer for esports company BLAST, has announced his resignation via social media, as well as news about his new position at ESL FACEIT Group.

Estrup will take over as the Vice President of Product Development at ESL FACEIT Group, a major competitor to BLAST in the esports tournament space.

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Estrup was one of the oldest employees at his former company, having joined RFRSH Entertainment as the company’s third employee in 2016. Since then, he held several notable positions as the company scaled and eventually became BLAST.

Estrup worked as Director of Content, Director of Product and Experience, VP of Product and Chief Innovation Officer, during his tenure, the latter title being his last position before departing.

He was an instrumental figure in the birth and growth of the BLAST brand from being a tournament series under the RFRSH umbrella to a global esports tournament organiser that has expanded outside of its roots in the CS:GO ecosystem.

In a post shared on social media, Estrup directly said that he handed in his resignation at BLAST because he accepted the new VP position at EFG, and that he made the decision in the “quest for personal growth and new challenges”.

Estrup did not share specific details about his new position, but it is safe to say that he will still be working on large-scale events and strategy at the EFG.

Sebastian Weishaar, President of Esports at the ESL FACEIT Group said in a statement: “We are truly delighted to welcome Nicolas to EFG. Nicolas is a seasoned professional who is nothing short of a black belt in the esports arena. His expertise and passion make him an invaluable addition to our esports team, and we’re eager to forge ahead and achieve new exciting milestones together.”

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.