With the acquisition of the former Monomaniac Ferus the notable Call of Duty team, Team FeaR, made a big splash in the North American League of Legends scene. However, you might not know about the organization if you don't follow the popular first person shooter's competitive scene. We talk to the Team FeaR General Manager, Kurtis 'Apoc' Stocks
, to get a better understanding of the organization.
When was FeaR formed?
I imagine Team Fear has a similar story to most eSports Organizations. This team is a group of friends that have a passion competing since 2001.
Where is FeaR based?
Team FeaR is located out of Florida, United States.
What are some of the eSports accomplishments of FeaR?
The most notable eSports accomplishments of our team would be winning the very first National Championship ever held for Call of Duty by MLG, along with numerous championships in the series of Call of Duty.
Why did you decide to enter the League of Legends space?
I see a lot of potential within the scene like most people do I would imagine, along with a stable future that relates to my quote in the announcement article. I want our organization and brand to be at the top of the eSports Scene for many years. Personally I believe that League of Legends can do this for us. A ton of players in the League of Legends community may not be considered as branded players, we hope to be that platform for our players by providing the tools and resources for them. One of our main goals is to have our players very active on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube by setting content creation plans for them to follow. Something our Call Of Duty players/staff are very good at is content creation.
How long have you been searching for a team?
The idea of branching into League of Legends came up in July. I would say August I started planning and looking at models that can work in regards to supporting players and what we can do for them in regards to actually exploiting that potential each and every one of them have. Once I felt comfortable with my ideas and plans, I reached out to a very good friend of mine, Mark Ferraz from Quantic Gaming in which he put me in touch with some key community heads that recommended numerous teams to me looking for organizations. I would like to thank Mark along with Tim (Peolo Bear) who also recommended numerous teams to me including our current FeaR team.
In your statement you said: "With the inconsistency of support the professional leagues have shown to our title game over the years, Call of Duty." What does Riot Games do that you never saw from Activision in that eSports scene?
I personally do not like comparing publishers with developers. However, if I do have to voice my opinion on the subject it would be about the inconsistency of games. As many of you may know a new Call of Duty title is released every year. Treyarch has already shown immense support with Call of Duty Black Ops in 2011 with it being hosted on the MLG Circuit last year. Unfortunately with the lack of support of Modern Warfare 3, MLG was unable to host the game on the circuit this year. This is a great example of inconsistency at its finest. Hopefully things will change with the new title to be released this month which is Call of Duty Black Ops 2 as it is developed by Treyarch.
Your organization is known as a powerhouse in Call of Duty, do you expect to take this and bring it into League of Legends with the acquisition of this team?
The last 4 years in Call of Duty have been amazing for us. We hope to continue this dominance next year with both our Call of Duty team and now League of Legends team.
How much time does the FeaR organization (you and the managers) play League of Legends? Do you have a good understanding of the game?
I personally put the most time into the game earlier in the year. However my playing hours have been reduced due to work and other activities. I would say almost everyone in the organization plays the game a good amount of time such as around 4 hours.
In regards to understanding the game, I try to catch a stream almost everyday with some knowledgeable League Of Legends fanatics to help me understand the thought process behind a play or strategy a team is using at the time. It is still a learning process for myself.
What are your goals for 2013 with the League of Legends squad?
I think the first goal would be to get the top lane situated. Gnomesayin who is our League of Legends manager will be working closely with the team to make sure the right player is picked up for this position. Next year we would also like to see them qualify for Season 3, If this happens our long term vision/plan will come into effect. These plans are not shareable at this time though.
Check out the Team FeaR website
. Also, the players have new twitter handles that everyone should take note of:
FeaR Gnomesayin (Manager) - @FeaRGnomesayin
FeaR Aphromoo - @FeaRAphromoo
FeaR Muffinqt - @FeaRMuffinqt
FeaR Xmithie - @FeaRXmithie
Team FeaR - @TeamFeaR
Catch Team FeaR this weekend at the Lone Star Clash 2 in Austin, TX
starting on Saturday, November 10th at 10 AM Central Time.
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