Team Infused founder sets up new UK org EndPoint, signs Overwatch and CSGO teams

The founder of Team Infused - Adam "Adz" Jessop - has returned to eSports to set up a new UK organisation called EndPoint.

The org has already picked up Overwatch and CSGO teams, and aims to become a UK eSports powerhouse that can compete with the bigger global brands (see 'EndPoint's ambitions and long-term goals').

 

EndPoint's Overwatch team

EndPoint has signed a UK Overwatch team previously playing under the name Team Sterling, featuring TCA's former League of Legends player Luke "iuKeEe" Dainton, as well as other players with experience in Unreal Tournament, Shootmania and Call of Duty 4.

Sterling reached the final 16 in the first ESL cup, out of more than 350 teams. The team will be competing at the upcoming Multiplay i58 event in August and aiming for a top ten Gosu ranking.

The Overwatch roster is as follows:

  • George "caspa" Stephens
  • Mark "phantasy" Pinney
  • Luke "iuKeEe" Dainton
  • Ben "Microstar" Kyle
  • Michael "Hypoc" Robins
  • Sean "Serenity" Edwards

iuKeEe said: "The team are looking forward to representing EndPoint over the coming months. On behalf of the team I’d like to thank Endpoint for approaching us and giving us the support to work together for the foreseeable future."

Adz commented: "The community really seems to be getting behind the game following its recent launch and we have been looking for a line-up that we feel can reach the top with our support. The Sterling line-up are a highly talented group of players and fit our goals, UK focused vision and absolutely match that objective."

 

The CSGO roster

EndPoint's CSGO team, meanwhile, have been formerly playing under the mix name of Why Knot. They will also be competing at i58.

The CSGO roster consists of the following players:

  • Jonathan "Loot" Podd
  • Steve "Stat" Szabo
  • Andrew "ChEStEr" Petchey
  • Sammy "samuelg" Gregory
  • Ben "ben" Doucet

Stat commented: "The core four of us have known each other for about five years, with our fifth player samuelg joining us just after i57. We have all been in the competitive scene within CS or COD at some point. We all have the same mind set, and know how long the journey will take to get where we want to be.

"Joining EndPoint and working with Adz will certainly be a great place to help us grow quicker and encourage stability as a team. We are looking forward to the future."#

Adz added: "The UK scene in particular is notorious for regular line-up changes and we felt like we needed to focus on a team that had stability combined with potential, in order to help them reach to top of their game."

 

"We will be aiming to work alongside UK teams, players and partners who share our vision and passion, so we can get a UK organisation back to the highest level of eSports, and give the UK eSports fans a team they can really get behind."

 

Why has Team Infused's founder set up a new org?

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Adz (pictured above) originally set up Team Infused in 2005 and co-managed the organisation until early 2010.

After focusing on his career as a developer for a few years, he has returned to eSports and launched EndPoint. So why now?

"Although I haven’t been involved with eSports in an ‘official capacity’ since that time, that passion and belief in eSports has never gone away," he explained. "For a while now I have been harbouring a desire to get back into the competitive gaming scene, and use the experience and lessons learnt from my time with Infused to build a new team.

"The opportunity has now presented itself, and we have been working hard on finalising our brand as well as aligning our goals. We couldn’t be more proud with the end result.

"We will be aiming to work alongside UK teams, players and partners who share our vision and passion, so we can get a UK organisation back to the highest level of eSports, and give the UK eSports fans a team they can really get behind."

When asked about his thoughts on Infused as an org today, Adz told eSports News UK: "It's good to see that Infused has continued to do well, I had some great times there and I am very proud of what we achieved. We had players at all the major tournaments at the time and were one of the first organisations to pick up a console team who went on to place second overall at the World Cyber Games.

"I have always maintained that the time was right for me to leave, I wanted to focus on my craft as a developer and it wouldn't have been fair to remain and neglect my duty to the team. If anything, I hope that I can use the experience gained during that time and the lessons learnt to make sure we have as much success - and hopefully more - with EndPoint."

 

"We aim to build and develop EndPoint into a major eSports organisation. We have identified a niche market within the competitive gaming scene, in that there isn’t a main UK-only powerhouse that is constantly challenging at the top levels."

 

EndPoint's ambitions and long-term goals

EndPoint wants to push UK eSports. It says its goal is to support grassroots eSports teams and players throughout the UK, as well as help them reach their potential.

But it has even higher ambitions in the long run.

It wants to eventually compete with the biggest global eSports brands and grow a worldwide fanbase.

"Focusing on the primary competitive gaming titles that attract the biggest audience, we will support the UK scene to nurture players on home soil and represent us within the competitive gaming market," EndPoint said in a statement on its website.

"We aim to build and develop EndPoint into a major eSports organisation. We have identified a niche market within the competitive gaming scene, in that there isn’t a main UK-only powerhouse that is constantly challenging at the top levels.

"We realise that this will take time, hard work and dedication, but drawing on our combined 30 years of past experiences and the lessons learnt from founding another UK organisation, Team Infused, we are confident that we have the ability to deliver."

When asked if EndPoint will move into other games, Adz replied: "We are open for going into other games if the opportunity is right. Obviously as somewhat of a startup we have to take careful consideration on what we pickup. We have also considered branching into console as it has quite a big UK scene."

Adz also spoke to us about UK talent getting big and moving abroad, and how better local infrastructure could help improve the scene here.

"That's the end goal for us really, to be able to provide the same kind of academy and facility on home soil that the big NA teams have," he explained.

"Obviously that's a long way off and there is a big gap between teams like us that are starting off and the majors, but they all have to start somewhere and right now there isn't a UK powerhouse for the UK eSports fans to get behind."

 

Check out EndPoint's website here

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