WePlay Academy League — league for junior teams

CS2 / News / 6 July 2021 — 20:21

WePlay introduces a league for young players

WePlay Esports introduced a league for youth esports teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive discipline — WePlay Academy League. The competition is only for young players ranging from 16 to 20 years old, the start of the first season is scheduled for July 19th.

To create this league, WePlayEsports has worked in collaboration with the best clubs of the professional CS:GO scene. The goal of the new series of tournaments is to shape the standards of the CS:GO discipline to nurture new talent. WePlay Academy League will help the esports athletes to improve their level of play and gain experience at the professional level.

Aleksey "xaoc" Kucherov

«The league provides an excellent platform for the young prodigies to show themselves, competing against their counterparts from other clubs. There’s also the process of getting ready to play against certain opponents and the long-term planning of roster changes for playing certain roles. There will be media days and interviews, the players will develop as individuals. In general, there will be everything that’s already present in Tier 1 CS:GO, everything you need to get used to at the very early stages of your career as a pro gamer.

This project will boost the development of youth teams of the world’s best clubs. NAVI and the other top teams will surely be interested, as it will provide more opportunities for young talents to get the necessary support and do what they love.

It will also offer an exciting story for the audience, who will be able to watch the players’ progress from the very beginning and watch how ordinary kids go all the way, finally getting into the main rosters of their clubs, and go on to win the world’s largest events

Eugene "Hitras" Shepelev
Lead esports manager at WePlay Holding

«The WePlay Academy League is a perfect breeding ground for daring CS:GO talent who are willing to challenge the status quo. With the new regular event circuit, the up-and-comers will be able to hone their skill and potentially get picked for the main roster. Many future CS:GO world champions will look back at the WePlay Academy League as the first event in which they got real on-stage experience».

Season 1 participants:

ua NAVI Junior
se Young Ninjas
eu mouz NXT
de BIG Academy
dk Astralis Talent
ru VP.Prodigy
eu Fnatic Rising
br FURIA Academy

NAVI Junior roster:

ru Evgeniy "Aunkere" Karyat
ru Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov
ua Sergey «pogor3lov" Pogoryelov
ua Daniil "SynyX" Mazur
ua Rodion "fear" Smyk
ua Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov (sub)

ua Amiran "Ami" Rekhviashvili (coach)
ua Mykhailo "M1ke" Palamar (manager)