PSG Esports is a French professional esports organization founded in 2016, and based in the city of Paris in France. The club is the esports department of Paris Saint-Germain. PSG Esports was officially formed on 20 October 2016 by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi during a press conference held at Parc des Princes in Paris.[1]

PSG Esports
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Full nameParis Saint-Germain Esports
DivisionsFIFA, Dota 2, FIFA Online, Brawl Stars
Founded20 October 2016; 3 years ago (2016-10-20)
OwnerQatar Sports Investments
Managing directorYassine Jaada
PartnersBetway
Parent groupParis Saint-Germain F.C.
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Departments of
Paris Saint-Germain
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Boxing (Men's) League (Men's)

Since April 2018, PSG's chief gaming officer Yassine Jaada has been the club's leading figure.[2] Jaada replaced French former professional League of Legends player Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim in the role of supervising the club's players and recruitment.[1] The latter was Head of eSports from October 2016 to October 2017, date in which both parties mutually agreed to part ways after "YellOwStaR" disagreed with the club's suspension of the League of Legends team.[1][3]

Online bookmaker Betway is currently the club's main partner.[4] The six-figure shirt sponsorship deal will see Betway secure branding on the Dota 2 team's jerseys and jackets, as well as providing access to the players to produce exclusive content and cross-promote on social media.[5] PSG Esports has other minor partnerships with Monster Energy, Douyu, HLA Jeans, IPASON, China CITIC Bank and Clear.[4]

PSG Esports have active divisions in FIFA,[1] Dota 2 (PSG.LGD),[6][7] FIFA Online,[8] and Brawl Stars.[9] Formerly, the club also had teams in League of Legends,[10] Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (PSG.RRQ),[11] and Rocket League.[12]

Active divisionsEdit

FIFAEdit

PSG Esports entered FIFA with Danish prodigy and twice FIFA eWorld Cup champion (2014, 2016) August "Agge" Rosenmeier. The club also launched its policy of young talented players with the signing of highly skilled rookie Lucas "DaXe" Cuillerier, considered a rising star of FIFA and one of the best player in the world.[1]

In October 2016, "DaXe" became FIFA 17 World Champion at the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) that took place during the Paris Games Week in Paris, bringing at the same time the first trophy for PSG Esports.[13] In November 2016, "Agge" won the Legia eSports Cup, a tournament featuring ten FIFA players from professional football clubs, as well as the DreamHack Winter.[14][15] "DaXe" claimed its second title with PSG Esports in April 2017 after winning the FIFA 17 tournament during the Gamers Assembly in Poitiers.[16]

Rafael "Rafifa13" Fortes and Ahmed "Aameghessib" Al-Meghessib joined PSG's FIFA team in 2017.[17][18] The duo went on to represent PSG at the 2017 FIFA eWorld Cup in London.[19] After the World Cup, Johann "ManiiKa" Simon and Gordon "Fiddle" Thornsberry also arrived to the team.[20][21]

In turn, PSG released "Agge" from his contract in September 2017, after one year at the club.[22] In November 2017, "DaXe" retained its crown by becoming FIFA 18 world champion at the ESWC during the Paris Games Week.[23] In April 2018, FIFA 17 world champion Corentin "RocKy" Chevrey joined PSG's FIFA roster.[24] In May 2018, "Fiddle" won the Gfinity FIFA 18 US Spring Cup Xbox.[25] In November 2018, "Fiddle" left the club and signed with Cincinnati on a free transfer.[26]

In February 2019, "DaXe" won the Orange e-Ligue 1 Winter Tournament on Xbox after defeating Monaco's Florian "RayZiaaH" Maridat 4–3 in the final.[27] Later that month, PSG Esports signed French FIFA YouTuber and specialist Arsène "AF5". As PSG Esports FIFA players were increasingly solicited, it became complicated for them to create content around their careers and share it with their fans, while remaining 100% focused on their competitions. AF5 will follow the club's FIFA players on the competitions they are playing in and create exclusive content on their experiences and performances, starting with the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.[28]

In April 2019, exactly a year after joining PSG, Corentin "RocKy" Chevrey left the club by mutual consent, without winning a single title during his tenure.[29]

Dota 2Edit

In April 2018, PSG Esports announced it would be signing the roster of Chinese Dota 2 team LGD Gaming, rebranding themselves as PSG.LGD.[7] The roster consists of Wang "Ame" Chunyu, Lu "Maybe" Yao, Yang "Chalice" Shenyi, Xu "Fy" Linsen, and Jian Wei "xNova" Yap.[6] In May 2018, PSG.LGD won its first major trophy on Dota 2 after being crowned Epicenter XL Major champions in Moscow.[30] A few days later, PSG.LGD also claimed the MDL Changsha Major in Changsha and qualified for The International 2018.[31]

In late January 2019, PSG.LGD announced midlaner Lu "Maybe" Yao would take some time off from the Dota 2 squad due to personal and physical reasons. The club added that CDEC Gaming's mid player, Guo "Xm" Hongchen, will fill in while "Maybe" is out on leave.[32] The next day, PSG.LGD signed a 13-month partnership deal with Chinese ready-to-wear brand HLA Jeans, which will appear on PSG's Dota 2 team shirt. Team players will wear HLA Jeans clothing during club activities as well.[33]

FIFA OnlineEdit

In October 2018, building on their success on Dota 2, PSG Esports and LGD Gaming expanded their partnership with the opening of a FIFA Online section. The free-to-play dedicated to Asian territories entered the FIFA eWorld Cup circuit last year. The PSG.LGD team on FIFA Online will be composed of Li "Yuwenc" Sijun, Mo "MzDragon" Zilong, Chen "Milano" Junyu, and Johann "ManiiKa" Simon.[8]

Brawl StarsEdit

In February 2019, PSG Esports entered mobile game Brawl Stars with a team composed of Murat "SunBentley" Can, Maxime "TwistiTwik" Alic, and Anthony "Tony M" Cagny.[9] Later that same month, PSG signed Théodore "Trapa" Bayoux as head coach. He will also be the official YouTuber of Paris Saint Germain Esports.[34]

Former divisionsEdit

League of LegendsEdit

In December 2016, PSG Esports revealed its roster for the 2017 European League of Legends Challenger Series. The team consisted of Etienne "Steve" Michels, Sung-Min "Blanc" Jin, Thomas "Kirei" Yuen, Hampus "Sprattel" Abrahamsson and WooHyung "Pilot" Na.[35][36][37][38][39] In February 2017, Hadrien "Hadrien" Forestier joined as head coach before the start of the tournament, while Matti "WhiteKnight" Sormunen arrived to the squad later that same month.[40][41]

Despite a rough start, PSG's League of Legends team made it to the European Challenger Series playoffs, where they will face Fnatic in a best of 5 to reach the European League Championship Series promotion tournament. PSG had only one point until the fourth week, but managed to win the next two series thanks in part to the arrival of "WhiteKnight".[42] However, the LCS promotion tournament's spot slipped through their fingers after losing against Fnatic.[43]

Following a disappointing Spring Split, PSG announced the departures of "Pilot", "Sprattel", "Steve" and "WhiteKnight" from its League of Legends team.[44][45][46][47] Tomáš "Nardeus" Maršálek and Felix "Noxiak" Lewis, on the other hand, arrived to the team for the Summer Split.[48]

In October 2017, however, after failing to qualify for Europe's top League of Legends division, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), PSG Esports announced its departure from the game. PSG's chief gaming officer Yassine Jaada said that game publisher Riot Games would move LEC to a UEFA style system, with an individual league for each country. Jaada explained that it was never in the club's strategy to remain at the national scale. The solution for the club was to join Dota 2, a game similar to League of Legends, but with a vastly different esports ecosystem.[10]

Rocket LeagueEdit

In September 2017, PSG Esports announced its participation in the Rocket League Championship Series after picking up the previous Frontline roster, including Victor "Ferra" Francal, Dan "Bluey" Bluett, and Thibault "Chausette45" Grzesiak.[49] In October 2017, PSG's trio dominated the Rocket League Championship Series Season 4 and qualified to the World Championship in October.[50] A month later, they were also crowned ESL Championnat National champions at Paris Games Week, before finishing fifth in the World Championship, just off the podium.[51]

In February 2018, PSG claimed the DreamHack Open Leipzig.[52] In August 2018, the team signed Danish player Emil "Fruity" Moselund as replacement of the outgoing "Bluey".[53] In September 2018, the Rocket League team won the Rewind Gaming: The Colosseum tournament.[54] In July 2019, PSG clinched the 2019 DreamHack Valencia, one of the major European competitions on Rocket League.[55]

In early August 2019, PSG unexpectedly announced that its Rocket League roster had departed from the club, a few weeks after the team won their second-ever major at DreamHack Valencia. However, PSG also stated that a further announcement will be made soon.[12]

Mobile Legends: Bang BangEdit

In February 2019, after a strong partnership with LGD Gaming on Dota 2 and FIFA Online, which allowed the club to enter the Chinese market, PSG Esports announced a new partnership with the Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) team and thus created a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team. The club signed the roster of Indonesian Mobile Legends team RRQ, which consisted of Muhammad "Lemon" Ikhsan, Diky "Tuturu", William "Liam" Setiawan, Try "AyamJAGO" Sukardi, Chen "James" Jui Teng, and Calvien "InstincT".[56]

The deal saw PSG become the first traditional sports team to enter mobile-game esports via the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang league with the rebranded PSG.RRQ squad. The move was designed to give the French club a greater presence in Asia, especially in Indonesia, which has an estimated 43 million gamers.[57] The majority of the team's competitions were broadcast, while game results and statistics were available on Team RRQ's Instagram and YouTube channel.[56]

In early July 2019, after several months of collaboration in which the PSG.RRQ team won the very first Sea Clash of Champions, the partnership between PSG Esports and Rex Regum Qeon came to an end. The new strategic orientation of PSG Esports will focus on other games, in particular Brawl Stars, which is exploding in Europe.[58]

AchievementsEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.
Type Competition Titles Seasons
FIFA Electronic Sports World Cup 2 "DaXe" in 2016 and 2017.[13][23]
Legia eSports Cup 1 "Agge" in 2016.[14]
DreamHack Winter 1 "Agge" in 2017.[14]
Gamers Assembly 1 "DaXe" in 2017.[16]
Gfinity FIFA 18 US Spring Cup Xbox 1 "Fiddle" in 2018.[25]
Orange e-Ligue 1 Winter Tournament Xbox 1 "DaXe" in 2018.[27]
Rocket League DreamHack 2 2018 Open Leipzig, 2019 Valencia.[52][55]
ESL Championat National 1 2017.[51]
Rewind Gaming: The Colosseum 1 2018.[54]
Dota 2 Epicenter XL Major 1 2018.[30]
MDL Changsha Major 1 2018.[31]
  Record

GamersEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[59][60][61][62]
Name Username Game title
  Lucas Cuillerier "DaXe" FIFA
  Rafael Fortes "Rafifa13"
  Ahmed Al-Meghessib "Aameghessib"
  Johann Simon "ManiiKa"
  Li Sijun "Yuwenc" FIFA Online
  Mo Zilong "MzDragon"
  Chen Junyu "Milano"
  Johann Simon "ManiiKa"
  Jian Wei Yap "xNova" Dota 2
  Xu Linsen "fy"
  Yang Shenyi "Chalice"
  Wang Chunyu "Ame"
  Guo Hongcheng "Xm" (loan)
  Lu Yao "Maybe" (leave of absence)
  Maxime Alic "TwistiTwik" Brawl Stars
  Anthony Cagny "Tony M"
  Murat Can "SunBentley"

Staff and managementEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[2][28][34]
Position Name
Chief Gaming Officer   Yassine Jaada
Brawl Stars head coach
PSG Esports official YouTuber
  Théodore "Trapa" Bayoux
FIFA YouTuber   Arsène "AF5"

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External linksEdit

Official websites