Thank you for NeSA 2018!
The second NeSA bootcamp was successful, delivering a worthwhile experience to our participants. Numerous guest coaches and lecturers visited our bootcamp through the duration of 4 weeks, including coaches like Niclas "Creed" Haangensen as well as psychologist Mia Stellberg from team Astralis at the time.
During the bootcamp our participants studied a variety of topics, ranging from physical wellbeing to eSports business. The students also practiced their skills constantly. After lectures, the evenings were spent training and analyzing results with the coaches present. The evenings also had activities such as football and archery for refocus in gaming. The most played game was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but other titles were popular among the budding pros as well.
At the end of it all the final weekend culminated with HAVU Gaming again taking the title of NeSA champion, and the grand prize, in our NeSA CS:GO tournament. Congratulations!
We say welcome to new participants and challengers as well as existing ones in 2019. You cannot participate NeSA enough times! but for now check out some photos below!
Niclas ”Creed” Haagensen: The 30 year old veteran makes the full transition to coaching. Having played the game for more than 15 years he has developed many teams and talents during his career. Known for his strategy development, keen observations and pattern recognition, Creed has been among top 5 in Denmark for 5 years consecutively with talents such as dupreeh, vnG and orga. Now he has taken a step back from playing competitively and puts his energy into developing the players of tomorrow by
Mia Stellberg is a licensed psychologist with a long history of working with athletes in Olympics as well as eSports. As the team psychologist of Team Astralis she was a key element in bringing them their first major CS:GO championship in 2017.
Kieran “ZergRush” Lam broke into the esports scene by achieving the No.1 ranking in Heroes of Newerth’s Ranked Ladder in the South East Asia region back in 2009 and being a Malaysian representative for an International tournament (HonTour). He eventually made the switch to Dota 2 and has since been playing with the best players in the local scene. Mr. Lam is currently employed as the Principal of The Academy of Esports, an education institute focusing on elevating the Malaysian eSports scene.
Kasperi Kivistö, Esports Manager at Critical Force, has been developing the competitive scene of mobile FPS Critical Ops for the past two years. He'll be sharing his experiences working on community tournament programs and the tools game developers have for developing a competitive environment for esports.
Niklas Pehkonen is the current eSports manager at team SuperJymy and also works as an eSports coach at the Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy. Pehkonen has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as a long history with Counter-Strike. He has experience working as both as a coach and a manager, and has been involved in many different eSport projects. At NeSA, Niklas will be lecturing about team organizations and player branding.
Heli Turunen is the study psychologist at the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. She has graduated as a Master of Psychology and she also has a Bachelor's degree in International Business.