We are incredibly excited to announce that Tainted Minds have partnered with leading peripheral manufacturer BenQ ZOWIE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since announcing the Tainted Minds all star lineup for 2017, there has been much speculation around the final two positions remaining in the roster. Today we are proud to finally announce the new additions rounding out the team.
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.
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