Yesterday marked a completely new route for Natus Vincere, with the speculation of their future plans and goals. Jumping into the Esports scene completely unannounced a mere 3 years ago, they have since developed by leaps and bounds, to be one of the world’s leading gaming organizations. In an interview conducted recently, Andrew ‘Xeo’ Yatsenko spills the beans.
Winning the first ever Internationals, a prestigious yearly tournament with a top prize of $1,000,000 in 2011, they shocked the world. With the announcement of the Ukrainian Dota 2 powerhouse’s plans, could it be that Natus Vincere’s goal is global Esports domination? Below is a partial interview which took place with with Na`Vi’s own Andrew ‘Xeo’ Yatsenko, and ESEA.net’s representative, Jack ’Westerman’ Westerman.
First things first, Andrew! Why are Na’Vi planning to open a gaming house in the US?
We travelled to Seattle, Washington with our DotA 2 team in September 2012 for The International 2 and were really amazed by how many fans we have in the US. People were literally travelling across the country to meet and greet their favourite players and the whole audience went wild during Na`Vi matches in the Benaroya Hall. That was really epic! Considering how fast eSports is developing in the US, going overseas would be just a matter of time for Natus Vincere.
Whereabouts in the US have you been looking? Are there any particular states or cities that have taken your interest?
Right now we are thinking of the US West, somewhere like Los Angeles or San Francisco. We believe that this region is exceptionally healthy for progaming, as it has a good transport hub to attend all the events in the country and its climate is just so good! Our concept of a gaming house includes not only bedrooms and gaming zones for players, but also recreational areas such as a pool, gym, sun’n’surf volleyball and so on. We firmly believe that outdoor sports are a very important aspect of professional gaming and that’s why we would like to provide such opportunities for our players. Moreover, we will be able to produce decent video and live-streaming content from our US gaming house, showing the way of life of our players.
eSport organisations. To what extent does this announcement cement you as one of the world’s premier teams?
Well I might argue that point, because some teams have team houses in Korea or, for example, Evil Geniuses’ DotA 2 team used to bootcamp in Europe. Getting a gaming house in the USA is not an easy deal and it will take a lot of efforts and resources from our end. However we are really interested in the American region and will do whatever is required to cement ourselves as one of the world’s premier e-Sports clubs.
Na`Vi was founded in 2010, and is now planning to open an international gaming house just three years later. Take a shot in the dark! What will the Na`Vi organisation look like in the year 2020? Where do you see the team in seven years’ time?
That is a good question! But you know, the internet, electronics and e-Sports industries are changing so quickly that even just a few years ago we would never have been able to predict what the industry would look like today. So let’s focus on the near future instead, in which we see ourselves getting at least two top tier gaming squads in the most popular titles (for now it is definitely League of Legends and/or StarCraft 2), as well as an established gaming house in the US. If things go well, we may expand to Asia too, but that’s just me dreaming now, so let’s get back to reality and build the bricks in our castle one by one.
Source: ESEA News