Guild Esports has made a surprise expansion into Valorant after acquiring Swedish team Bonk.
The five Swedes, who showed promising signs on the European Valorant scene, will make up Guild’s third competitive roster following the signings of its Rocket League team and FIFA pro Niklas ‘NRaseck’ Raseck. This comes as a surprise as initial press releases and communications from Guild around the time it was launched appeared to point at Fortnite being one of the first three competitive scenes it would target, along with FIFA and Rocket League.
The roster comprises of three former Counter-Strike players in Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari, Filip ‘goffe’ Gauffin, and William ‘draken’ Sundin, as well as 16-year-old prodigy Leo ‘Leo’ Jannesson and a former Paladins world champion in Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench. bonkar won the 2019 Paladins World Championship with Ninjas in Pyjamas. In the roster’s announcement video, the players’ Scandanavian roots are played upon with a Viking introduction, with Raze main Yacine taking on lead acting duties. That is before it cuts to a gnarly gameplay montage, because of course it does.
As Bonk, the team achieved a number of high finishes in the European competitive scene. These include two second place finishes at the Mandatory.gg Cup and LVL Clash 2. On both occasions, Bonk was defeated by EU Valorant goliath G2.
THE HUNT BEGINS
— Guild (@guildesports) October 21, 2020
Guild will now be able to field a team in the European division of First Strike, which is Riot Games’ first self-produced Valorant esports competition following the success of its grassroots, third-party led Ignition Series.
Guild has become one of the most talked about names in esports recently, thanks mainly to footballing icon David Beckham being a lead investor.
While some of the recently revealed caveats of Beckham’s involvement with Guild have caused a stir, the organisation has used his notoriety to float on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £41.2 million ($54 million).