Team Fnatic is a multi-division professional sports organization. It is one of the most dominant eSports teams today. The outfit that won the first LoL World Championship and held the record for the most LoL Championship Series Split titles in the LEC, until G2 Esports outranked them by winning their eighth title at the 2020 LEC Summer Split.
History and Ownership
Team Fnatic was established on 23 July 2004 by Sam Mathews, a prominent Aussie e-sports entrepreneur, and his mother, Ann Mathews. Today, Sam Mathews is the board chairman, while Wouter Sleijffers is the CEO, who replaced Anne Mathews in 2015. The Chief Gaming Officer is Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, a former Fnatic CS: GO player, a role he has held since 2012.
The eSports brand is among the fastest rising brands of the last decade. While it started in London, the UK, its current headquarters, Team Fnatic, has expanded to other countries, for example, Germany, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Belgrade, China, and Korea.
Besides eSports, Team Fnatic has interests in the retail industry with their line of Fnatic Gear, produced by FUNC, a merchandise brand acquired by the team in 2015. The brand also runs a retail concept store dubbed BUNKR.
Is Team Fnatic Profitable?
Team Fnatic started as a small eSports brand, but their diversified business model has helped the League of Legends heavyweights to scale greater heights. According to Forbes, Team Fnatic’s value is around US$120 million, while the estimated revenues are around US$16 million.
Team Fnatic Sponsorships
When it comes to sponsorships, Team Fnatic works with several global brands. Their list of partners includes Monster Energy, BMW, Hisense, AMD, OnePlus, Quersus, Newzoo, Strafe, and Twitch.
Team Fnatic eSports Teams and Rosters
One of the reasons for the success of Team Fnatic is dynamism. The company has been keen on venturing into as many eSports as possible, even though much of the focus is on Dota 2, LoL, and CS: GO. Today, the brand has rosters in 7 eSports.
Team Fnatic League of Legends
Team Fnatic ventured into LoL in 2011, after the acquisition of myRevenge’s roster. The team won the first-ever LoL Worlds and boasts 1 World Championship title and 7 League of Legends European Championship (LEC) titles. Today, Team Fnatic has two LoL teams; Team Fnatic League of Legends and Team Fnatic League of Legends (UK). The current main team roster includes Gabriël Rau (Bwipo), Oskar Boderek (Selfmade), Yasin Dinçer (Nisqy), Elias Lipp (Upset), and Zdravets Galabov (Hylissang).
Team Fnatic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Team Fnatic fielded its first CS: GO team in 2004. It’s currently one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams and boasts 3 Global Offensive Majors and several other titles. The current Team Fnatic Global Offensive roster includes Freddy Johansson (Krimz), Jesper Wecksell (JW), Ludvig Brolin (Brollan), Robin Ronnquist (flusha), and Maikil Selim (Golden).
Team Fnatic Dota 2
In 2012, Team Fnatic’s Heroes of Newerth team switched to Dota 2. The team was disbanded in 2014 before making a comeback in 2015, after the acquisition of the Team Malaysia roster. The current Team Fnatic Dota 2 team roster features Kam Boon Seng (Moon), Djardel Mampusti (DJ), Anucha Jiwarong (Jabz), Lee Jeong-Jae (SunBhie), and Marc Polo Luis Fausto (Raven).
Team Fnatic Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Team Fnatic joined Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege eSports in 2018. The team has won several Rainbow Six tournaments, including Pro League Season 11 ANZ, Pro League Season 9 APAC Finals, Pro League Season 7 APAC Finals, and Six Masters 2019. The Team Fnatic Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege team roster comprises Etienne Rousseau (Mag), Jason Chen (Lusty), Matthew McHenry (Acez), Patrick Fan (MentalistC), Riley Mills (Stigs), and Tex Thompson (Tex).
Besides Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fnatic participates in 3 other divisions; FIFA, Fortnite Battle Royale, and PUBG Mobile.
Team Fnatic Achievements and Milestones
Team Fnatic may not be the most successful team in eSports’ history, but raking in over 200 championships across 30 divisions is not an easy feat.
The biggest achievements have been in League of Legends. One of the remarkable moments was at the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, where Team Fnatic became the first LCS team to complete a split undefeated. The 3 Global Offensive Majors are also worth mentioning. Team Fnatic has also achieved great success in Rainbow Six and PUBG Mobile. In Dota 2, the team has failed to win any major honors. The best performance was at The International 2016, when they finished 4th.
Team Fnatic has a solid fan base and boasts over 15m fans across all their social media platforms. One thing that makes the brand thrive is the company’s focus on producing content for fans. Team Fnatic promised that their content creators would create over 100 million hours of quality content. The ‘Fnatic Gear’ consumer products have also propelled the brand.
In December 2020, the company revealed that it was giving fans the chance to own part of the brand. So far, over 3,000 fans have signed up for the fan ownership program, pledging more than £1.5 million combined.