Posted 28th July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – After dedicating his talents and skills to the esports community, 36-year old former 1.6 player Jonas “bsl” Alsaker Vikan announced that will be stepping down as Tournament Director of ESL. Bsl held the position for almost a year, and he was responsible for handling high-profile ESL competitions like the ESL Pro League, ESL One, and IEM tournaments.
Bsl was appointed by the ESL organization in August last year, but his esports professional career traces back to 2002. He was one of the first players competing for the recently-revived South American team Made in Brazil (MIBR), but he immediately transferred to NoA organization afterward—a legendary European team he instituted. Team NoA continued on to become one of the world’s top CSGO teams and the first esports teams to feature players from several continents under one organization. Team NoA was also the first organization to conduct a player transfer when they bought out the contract of Ola “elemeNt” Moum from SK Gaming.
Since the creation of Team NoA, bsl continued to take part in everything esports. Gaming aside, he was the general manager of Berlin Allianz during the Championship Gaming Series and has also appeared as a journalist, host, and broadcaster for multiple major and minor esports events. He co-hosted the first-ever CSGO major tournament and the DreamHack Winter 2013, together with Scott “SirScoots” Smith. But his most recent work for the Norwegian Newspaper called “Adresseavisen” granted him one of the diplomas from SKUP, Norway’s biggest award for investigative journalism and considered to be at par with the Pulitzer awards in the United States.
Bsl posted the announcement on Medium’s publishing platform. He revealed that his retirement was due to the conflicting and demanding schedule of the work. He said: “during the last 11 months, I have spent 138 days on the road. I supervised 11 pro-level competitions in that period, in Germany, US (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas), Denmark, Malaysia, South Korea, Poland, Australia, and Brazil. To do all this meant spending 4,5 months away from my two kids (aged 3 and 5 years). This works for some, but it doesn’t work for me.”
Fortunately, he didn’t confirm if he would leave the esports scene permanently or temporarily.
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