Christopher Kjell Mykles (born October 19, 1986), better known by his nickname MonteCristo, is an esports league commissioner and former color commentator, analyst, and organization owner.
|Born||October 19, 1986|
Susie Kim (m. 2017)
|2013–2014||Counter Logic Gaming (coach)|
|Sports commentary career|
He rose to prominence whilst working with League of Legends, most notably as an English-language commentator for OnGameNet, broadcaster of the LCK, from 2012 through 2016. He also worked on the broadcast team for the League of Legends World Championship from 2013 to 2015. In 2013 and 2014, he was a coach for Counter Logic Gaming, and from 2015 to 2016 he owned Renegades. He was employed as a shoutcaster for the Overwatch League from 2017 to 2019. In 2020, he became the commissioner of Flashpoint, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, and a vice president of the league's parent company.
Mykles's first involvement with esports was as a volunteer writer for WCReplays, a Warcraft 3 replays site. He began shoutcasting for WCReplays with David "Phreak" Turley, later attesting that casting came naturally to him due to many years of stage performance. During his involvement with Warcraft 3, he managed a professional team with Verge Gaming and joined the Team Sportscast Network, a now defunct esports shoutcasting organization. He later accepted a full-time contract casting position at OnGameNet as an English-language caster for League of Legends Champions Korea. Mykles, Erik "DoA" Lonnquist, and Christopher "PapaSmithy" Smith declined to commentate at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational in Shanghai because of a wage dispute with Riot.
In April 2017, Mykles and Lonnquist announced they would be moving from South Korea to the United States to serve as shoutcasters for the Overwatch League. After two seasons with the league, Mykles announced that he would no longer be casting for the OWL ahead of the 2020 season.
After leaving the Overwatch League, he co-founded and briefly worked for an esports advisory firm, before leaving to become a content creator for Cloud9. He joined B Site, a team-owned producer for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league Flashpoint, and in June was named as the league commissioner for Flashpoint and the vice president for brand for B Site.
Coaching and ownershipEdit
Counter Logic GamingEdit
On June 22, 2015, Mykles became a co-owner of LA Renegades. On May 8, 2016, Riot Games announced that Team Impulse and Renegades were banned from the LCS. Additionally, Mykles would be banned from all Riot-sponsored activities as a team owner or manager for a year, though he could continue casting for those events. The punishment stemmed from charges of not properly disclosing team ownership, misleading player trades, and player mistreatment. Renegades later sold their LoL team to Team EnVyUs.
On November 29, 2018, he gained notability on social media after inviting other esports personalities to an event he was hosting titled "Esports Mystery", which was later revealed to be his wedding with Susie "LilSusie" Kim. He later revealed that they had been married since June 2017, but wanted to wait before announcing their marriage to the public.
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- Donigan, Wyatt (November 30, 2018). "The #EsportsMystery has finally been solved". Dexerto.
- MonteCristo [@MonteCristo] (9 December 2018). "Yes, around 5 years. We got married in June 2017 but waited to announce until we had the wedding in America" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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