New friendships


Sports have always broken down borders, bought people together and united through passion. It is with this mentality that we are proud to announce our new friendship in the South East Asia region, Recca Esports from Indonesia. Esports is truly global and a passion shared by millions around the globe, something that can be communicated without language and means something different to each and every one of us.

Counter Strike is rapidly on the rise globally in terms of both player numbers and viewership as well. This fact is highly relevant to the SEA region and something that we both want to help accelerate. Both Recca Esports and Tainted Minds hope that by engaging in this type of relationship we can simultaneously help grow the game amongst gamers in the region and also show that gaming unites nationalities and cultures and hopefully in the future have more teams globally interacting with each other.

We hope that with this new found relationship to combine the Counter Strike knowledge of both our countries and communities and thereby using this to grow the region where we can. Indonesia has a real passionate esport community and one that is ever growing and it excites us to be able to help our close neighbor be more relevant to AU CS. Going into the future we want to encourage the interaction of different teams from within the near regions who can hopefully reference this relationship as a starting point for cohesiveness and a regional approach to growing the game and esports as a whole.

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Introducing Tainted Blue

Introducing Tainted Blue

The Scouting Grounds event Tainted Minds held at the end of 2016 proved to be a huge success in discovering upcoming talent and giving these players a platform to show off their skills while learning from top players along the way. As a result of the event Tainted Minds is proud to unveil their League of Legends Oceanic Challenger Series team - Tainted Minds Blue. 

Tainted Minds Presents: Call of Duty 2017

Tainted Minds Presents: Call of Duty 2017

The APAC Region has been quite the battleground since the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with endless uncertainty from fans, players and organisations alike on the outlook of competitive Call of Duty in 2017. The transition between titles has been somewhat shaky, particularly for players with a multitude of player movements and roster changes, both predicted and unpredicted occurring in the past 3 months which has paved the way for the next chapter in APAC Call of Duty. 

Recruiting - League of Legends Support Staff

Tainted Minds are looking for support staff to assist both the Oceanic Pro League (OPL) and Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) League of Legends teams. Successful candidates will work directly alongside the players and existing support staff to develop the teams while gaining valuable experience working in a professional eSports organisation and get your foot in the door of the industry.

Tainted OCS Scouting Grounds | #TaintedLoL

There are opportunities that come and go, however none are more important than the opportunities that challenge your limits. Tainted Minds will be entering the Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) in 2017, bringing an opportunity to aspiring players ready to make their next big step into the League of Legends world. We are looking directly into the grassroots of the region with an emphasis of mentoring and development alongside the Tainted Minds OPL squad and support staff. 

A New Chapter: Tainted CS:GO

For Tainted Minds, 2016 has been a whirlwind of a year and the growth of the organisation is continuing to increase at an astronomically rate. Whilst many would assume everything is winding down in preparation for the Christmas holiday period, we have had one final target to achieve and finally we are able to cross off our final objective for 2016. 

Today, Plantronics Tainted Minds are extremely proud to announce our entry into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with the acquisition of the former Athletico roster. 

"For almost a year now we have been keeping a close eye on the APAC CS:GO scene and have been waiting for the perfect combination of stability in the region, along with a squad that has the passion and drive to perform at a global level. 
With the structure ESL Australia have introduced domestically and the number of global tournament opportunities, we are confident that CS:GO in the region has the platform it requires to launch the competitive scene to the next level. 
After months of discussions involving focussing solely on the players, we couldn't be happier with their motivation and goals and believe that their vision aligns directly with that of Tainted Minds. We are looking forward to the team making an impact on the global stage in 2017 and beyond."

- Michael 'Voltris' Stewart
Operations Manager - Tainted Minds

"As a team we're extremely excited to be playing under the Tainted Minds banner in 2017. Looking to continue building off of what was an incredible second half of 2016 for our team, which included both our first National and International events. We look forward to working in partnership with Tainted Minds, an organisation well regarded for their professionalism and support for players, as we continue on our development as a team."

- Stu 'Sonic' Rayner
Captain - Tainted Minds CS:GO

The team will be travelling to Burbank, California for the Mountain Dew ESEA Season 23 Global Challenge where they will represent the Oceanic region and compete for the $50,000 prize pool in their first venture as part of the Tainted Minds organisation. 

Please give the players a warm welcome on behalf of the Tainted family!

Stu 'Sonic' Rayner [C] - @TaintedSonic

Connor 'Chuch' Morgan - @TaintedChuch

Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker - @TaintedInfrequeNt

Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas - @TaintedLiazz

Travis 'Wizard' Richardson - @TaintedWizard






Introducing: Joshua 'DIVERG3NCE' Harvey

As 2017 shapes up to be a very busy year for not only eSports in the region, but also Plantronics Tainted Minds, it is a necessity that we stay ahead of the curve. With this being the case we envisage that social media and marketing are going to play an integral role in business growth and development, which is why we believe that having a dedicated market expert inside the organisation is key to success. 

We have been on the search for a short while to identify an individual who fits both into the dynamic of Tainted Minds, as well as has the necessary professionalism, connections, and dedication in the community. As such, Tainted Minds are proud to announce the newest addition of our team, our Digital Marketing Manager, Joshua 'DIVERG3NCE' Harvey.

"I am so pleased to now be apart of the amazing team at Plantronics Tainted Minds and am grateful that they have bought me into such a successful and talented team. I have always been dedicated to the expansion and image of our oceanic region and those values are at the heart of Tainted Minds also so it became clear to me that it would be the perfect place for me to be.

I'm very excited for what the future holds for tM and along with some key marketing strategies we have developed, the goals we want to achieve and some real exciting plans for the future we will be bringing you a fresh and dynamic Plantronics Tainted Minds. 

We plan to be at the forefront of the digital space and bring you new and exciting content so you too can be apart of the Tainted Minds journey. 
Bring on 2017."

Joshua 'DIVERG3NCE' Harvey
Digital Marketing Manager

"Marketing and the beautiful beast of social media are at the forefront of brand growth both as a player and as an organisation, which is why it is necessary to be at the top of your game. Social presence and marketing is just like the face of any organisation and is paramount to strategic success in such a rapidly changing environment. 
It is a pleasure and we are very fortunate to have Josh on board with us, with his skills and experience in this space bring about a new and exciting dynamic to the strategic marketing and content in the digital realm! 
From all of us here at Tainted, i'd like to ask you all to join in welcoming Josh to the Tainted family. The prospects for the year ahead are limitless, and for both Josh and Tainted Minds we look forward to a big year in 2017 and beyond."

Joshua 'fushan' Main

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