The Gucci Gaming Academy is looking to empower the next generation of esports talent.
The tournament organising platform FACEIT has announced that it is working with the fashion house Gucci on a gaming academy that aims to empower the next generation of esports talent.
Known as the Gucci Gaming Academy, this programme will support the development of young talent by providing full-time mentorship, mental health support, top-of-the-line hardware, and access to further opportunities as well.
It's said that this first era of the academy will see Lukasz "mwlky" Pachucki, Mārtiņš "shadiyy" Gūtmani, Brajan "DGL" Lemecha, and Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas be the first members. These four will also get 1-on-1 sessions with Gucci Gaming Academy ambassadors, such as CS:GO pros Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey.
"The Academy will offer a clear path to pro structure connecting the dots between the FACEIT Pro League, education and well-being," stated co-founder & CBO of FACEIT, Michele Attisani. "The physical and mental demands on players looking to compete at a professional level are high. Players have rigorous training schedules, compete in high-pressure tournaments and immense pressure from fans, so it's important that new talent entering the space are equipped with the right support structure at an early stage in their development."
Attisani concluded, "Supporting and empowering young esports talent is at the core of FACEIT's values and through our shared vision with Gucci, we hope the Academy helps equip the role models of tomorrow."