cArn becomes CGO of FNATIC
Posted 2012-03-21 Lexx
cArn becomes CGO of FNATIC
Even though a lot of people were sad to see Patrik leaving the competitive CS scene, he will still be around perhaps even able to do greater things than ever before. He will become FnaticRaidCall's Chief Gaming Officer. Quoting Sam Mathews, Fnatic's founder, "As CGO Patrik will have the overall responsibility of managing the players and squads that make up Fnatic, that means he will decide which squads we go after, he will oversee and manage all team leaders for the respective games and make sure we have players and squads that represent the Fnatic colours in the best possible light. On top of this he will work with our partners, work with our content team and strategize with the management team on how best to expand Fnatic and new initiatives within ESPORTS."
Here's what Patrik himself had to say about his retirement from CS and new job:
The day has come when I have to say farewell to competitive Counter-Strike after a long career that started out from a passion that was so strong that it eventually became my life, sport and job. They say you need to give something 10,000 hours to achieve success, I gave well more than that during the 12 years I have played. I can still remember the thrill I got from playing the game the very first time when my childhood friend introduced me to it in 1999.
Minutes turned to hours, hours turned to days and days and weeks soon became years which eventually gave me the vision to become the most successful captain in history. Gradually my drive to passion to compete took me there. I'm not necessary the most skilled or fastest player out there, but I believe my ambition to win has far exceeded my talents.
Now at age 26 and with many years of experience of the professional circuit, I am officially withdrawing from my position as the in-game leader of Fnatic, the team I have represented with pride since 2006. During my years in Fnatic my team has managed to place among the medals over 60 times, and historically we have been more consistent than any other team.
But writing this makes me realize that it has not been about the medals, prize money and fame. For me it has always been of being a part of something you are proud of, and to share this with people you admire and appreciate. To share the time on the road and competing with your teammates is something I am going to miss dearly and I think there is not a better moment than this to say thank you for all teammates I have had during my career, without you I have not been able to reach my goals. Obviously friendships are at stake when you are competing, and some gets lost in the process, especially when times are rough. But even how bad things has been I have always stayed close to the person that was responsible for inviting me to play for Fnatic, Harley "dsn" Örwall. Me and Harley has almost played wearing the same jerseys for a decade, and I am so grateful that our ways collided in 2003, thank you!
Fnatic's CS1.6 team is about to finalize my replacement in the next days to come. I have big faith in Richard, Rasmus, Andreas and Michael and the new player to carry on the Orange Legacy, which relies on pure skill mixed with great team chemistry. It will be a thrill to continue work with them and I will do my best to support them in any kind of way I can.
That being said, I am now extremely happy and excited to announce that my next step in life is to take on the role as the CGO (Chief Gaming Officer) of Fnatic. The plan for Fnatic is to take gaming to the next level, and I hope that being responsible that we are always staying close to our roots, the actual gamers and their interests, will serve us well going into a very promising future in gaming where only we dictates the limits.
Moreover, what would this sport I love be without the fans and followers? I hope that the Fnatic fans that has followed me and the team over the years are proud of what we have achieved, and I do hope that you can respect my decision regarding stepping down from active Counter-Strike.
So this is it. My life will no longer include days with 10 hours of practice, but also no more times at the podium celebrating a golden medal with my team. It all looks like freedom but feels like death, it´s something in between I guess - it's closing time.
Now, with more times on my hands I am hoping to land safely in the position as the Fnatic CGO, where my experience and knowledge from competitive gaming will help raise the next generation of Fnatic stars. For you who have been following my video productions can also expect more of these, both Theory of Counter-Strike and my video blog series Life of cArn will continue from my new base, Taipei.
I would like to use this opportunity to send my biggest thanks to all our sponsors out there: RaidСall, MSI, SteelSeries, EIZO and GUNNAR Optiks. And finally, big hugs to all my former teammates and fans out there!
Sam Mathews, Fnatic's CEO, had issued the following statement:
Today is a bittersweet day. Today we announce the official retirement from gaming competitions of Patrik "'cArn" Sattermon, and the sweet, his movement into management in the first position of its kind as Chief Gaming Officer (CGO) of Fnatic.
Patrik was by far the most successful player of all time. I feel that in my heart. it's a controversial statement, and people will no doubt jump to Neo or to f0rest, but first you have to consider the amount of skill it takes to lead a team, AND play in it. Patrik since January 2006, has been the leader of the most consistent team in esports history. He has led the team through multiple changes, and for 4 years the team placed top 4 in over 90% of all tournaments at international level. That is an unbelievable feat. Patrik was responsible for winning eSports team of the year in both 2006 and 2009, and through it all, there were no cocky moments, no arrogance and complacency, just pure focus and utter drive to compete and win, to be the world's best. Even after he was abandoned by his team mates in 2011, he came back to win the first event of the year, and claim two more major titles that year, having nearly completely rebuilt the team, what a "has been" he proved to be. He never gave up, never lost focus, he was a legend of the counterstrike community.
And with that, his days competing are over. It is sad, but at the same time, all good things must come to an end and I believe that Patrik has so much more in store for him, for the good of Counter-Strike, for the good of Fnatic but most of all for the good of ESPORTS. I could not ask for a better person to be joining Fnatic in an executive position. Out of all people I rely on, I trust Patrik's judgement, his character, his ideas and his advice more than anyone in ESPORTS.
In Fnatic going forward, Patrik will be a part of the Executive team, joining Anne (CFO) and myself (CEO), as Chief Gaming Officer (CGO). As CGO Patrik will have the overall responsibility of managing the players and squads that make up Fnatic, that means he will decide which squads we go after, he will oversee and manage all Team Leaders for the respective games and make sure we have players and squads that represent the Fnatic colours in the best possible light. On top of this he will work with our partners, work with our content team and strategize with the management team on how best to expand Fnatic and new initiatives within ESPORTS.
It's an exciting time, never before has there been this many opportunities within ESPORTS and within gaming in general. With Patrik joining the management team, the future of FNATIC is bright.. let's do this!
Speaking of announcements. Our 5th Counter-Strike player will be announced on Sunday, 18:00 CET. But some clues about his idenity will be released before that here at Fnatic.com