IFK Helsinki, a ice hockey team based in the Finnish capital, has entered the world of eSports by picking up an Overwatch team.
The Overwatch team will be known as the Helsinki REDS, and was put together by manager Christer Kasurinen and team captain Roope “Ruape” Kurkela. The current roster also includes Eemeli “Woomera” Ikonen, Miika “BBR” Tekoniemi, Toni “Effix” Hurme, Jani “Exceed” Kosonen and Ville “prettyWise” Mikkonen.
“Building the team with a relatively fast pace was a challenge, but with the lead of our team captain Roope Kurkela, we were able to obtain four of the core players relatively fast,” said Christer Kasurinen, team manager of Helsinki REDS. “We took our time with the last member and found our team’s youngest player Toni “Effix” Hurme, who is certainly going to turn some heads in the coming months. The “Original Six” is everything we could expect from a top tier team and I am really looking forward to our cooperation for the upcoming future.”
The team has also managed to secure partnerships with Jimm’s, Finland’s leading manufacturer of customized computers, and Battery Energy Drink.
“We are really excited that eSports has been finally noticed by the older traditional sports clubs here in Finland, and it has been taken into account like any other team sport. Although the growing industry has been noticed around the world, Finns are still at the forefront of the competition”, says Antti Järvinen, the CEO of Jimm’s. “We are really pleased of the fact that IFK Helsinki contacted Jimm’s when starting an eSports organization. Here at Jimm’s it is of the utmost importance that Finnish teams have the needed requirements and gear to develop themselves to be the best in the world. This is why we are involved with several Finnish teams in the role of equipment supplier and sponsor. We expect the Helsinki REDS partnership to grant us visibility in the growing eSports market and look forward to working with the team in our future events.”