North American-based e-sport teams It’s GoSu and Team 4Nothing have merged to form a new multi-gaming organization that will run under the Quantic Gaming brand, effectively rendering the It’s GoSu and 4NOT team brands closed.
Quantic Gaming announced the closure of its operations on December 4th, 2012, citing financial difficulties.
New Quantic Gaming COO Bernie “fujikura” Catalan, formerly the general manager of It’s GoSu, told ESFI that the group was also in talks with Clarity Gaming to be part of what would have been a three-team merger, but that negotiations broke down about two weeks into the proceedings.“I feel this current collaboration is paving the way for a new superpower in the North American e-sports community.” – Bernie Catalan, Quantic Gaming COO
The idea for the merger was originally presented to Catalan by Mark “Cinergy” Ferraz, Quantic Gaming’s founder, who will now be undertaking an adviser role in the new venture. “[Ferraz] will be providing access and contacts he made when he ran Quantic,” Catalan explained, “and will will be assisting the new head of the Quantic brand’s transition into the spotlight.”
Joining Catalan and Ferraz on the management team will be It’s GoSu’s owner Hieu “Ozz” Tran as CEO, Cody “Thinker” Murr as Marketing Director and Simon “Sambuca” Boudreault (4NOT’s owner) as Director of E-Sports.
“I feel this current collaboration is paving the way for a new superpower in the North American e-sports community,” Catalan’s official statement read. “It’s GoSu will bring operational stability to the Quantic brand and expert player management on top of being able to deliver to our sponsors and partners.”
Boudreault said, “4NOT has worked fiercely over the past year to establish themselves as one of the momentous up-and-coming teams in the North-American scene, and combining our efforts with other strong and respectable organizations in similar shoes can only be a benefit towards achieving our ultimate goal.”
Quantic Gaming will be supported by sponsors NOS, Twitch and Machinima, though the group are currently in discussions with more companies that have already expressed interest in working with the team.
The new Quantic Gaming launches with It’s GoSu’s StarCraft 2 team, consisting of players like dde, HwangSin, Ostojiy and the newly-announced HyuN and Center, together with 4NOT’s Call of Duty and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams. Additionally, the Quantic Academy will consist of most of 4NOT’s StarCraft 2 squad, with MasSan moved up to the A-team. MaximusBlack, Pokebunny, Rhythm and Sonkie will also be placed into the Academy, alongside Xenocider, JakeBake and Boyo.
Catalan said that the team is actively looking into the possibility of picking up a League of Legends team, but that it’s proving “difficult and expensive.” 4NOT has experience running a League of Legends team since late 2011. However, they recently dropped their team this past November due to lack of interest from its players.
HyuN and Center join
Ko “HyuN” Seok Hyun has been playing StarCraft 2 since its release. After quickly climbing the ranks on the Korean ladder, backed up with his results from his Brood War career, he was offered a spot on Team SCV Life (TSL).
In his three years with the team, HyuN reached heights that every StarCraft 2 professional dreams of, highlighted by his finals appearance in the 2012 GSL Code S final, where he lost to Kwon “Sniper” Tae Hoon 3-4 in a nail biting series. In the same month after losing the Code S final, he went on to win the GGA Cup and the MSI Pro Cup WorldWide.
Choi “Center” Jae Sung is a former B-teamer for TSL. Though he was on the B-team, Center was consistently placed in the team’s GSTL lineup. His most recent results came at the 2012 GSL Code A preliminaries where he defeated Kim “ALBM” Min Gyu, granting himself a spot in Code A. There, Center would advance to the round-of-24 where he was eliminated by PartinG, but not after earning impressive wins over LG-IM Seed and Prime ByuN. He will join his teammate from TSL, HyuN, in becoming newest members of Quantic Gaming.
Quantic Gaming will offer a southern California-based training facility that is able to house four players. Bunk beds and desks have already been moved from the old Quantic house. Catalan said the house will primarily be used as a landing point for Korean players.
|Min Hyung “Apocalypse” Kim|
|Dong Yeon “dde” Lee|
|Seok Hyun “HyuN” Ko|
|Jae Sung “Center” Choi|
|Seung Hyuk “HwangSin” Hwang|
|Christopher “Ostojiy” Ostojic|
|Harry “MaSsan” Cheong|
|Bryan “Glon” Gemler|
|Michael “Perfect” Thompson|
|Jeffrey “Maximusblack” Johnston|
|Nick “Pokebunny” Taber|
|Libo “Xenocider” Chang|
|Jacob “JakeBake” Shevloff|
|Christopher “Rhythm” Guzman|
|Tim “Boyo” Baren|
|Phillip “Phizzurp” Klemenov|
|Ray “Lyar” Loftus|
|Anthony “Nameless” Wheeler|
|Eric “Twizz” Servello|
|Justin “Jlew” Lewis (Coach)|
|Trey “tck” Martin|
|Carey “Frozt” Kertenian|
|Kory “Semphis” Friesen|
|Sam “DaZeD” Marine|
|Spencer “Hiko” Martin|