The second semester of the gaming accelerator program will guide the next generation of esports athletes through mentorship and learning opportunities from some of Fortnite's top influencers, including Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo
NEW YORK – February 26, 2019 – Team Rogue, in partnership with Find Your Grind (FYG) and backed by ReKTGlobal, today announces the 18-member team roster for Junior Rogue’s spring 2019 session. Junior Rogue is a semester-long professional gaming accelerator program that provides amateur Fortnite players with opportunities to succeed in esports. In addition to providing access to esports experts and resources unique to the Junior Rogue program, students will also receive a $500-scholarship and hands-on opportunities to learn from Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team and the first individual professional esports athlete to be sponsored by State Farm.
Junior Rogue accepted only 2 percent of applicants for the spring 2019 semester, kicking off March 4, 2019. The hand-selected roster members, all under the age of seventeen, include hyper-competitive and streaming-focused players, and gamers who aren’t afraid to disrupt the status quo and produce creative, engaging content. Some of the players were also recently recognized by “Rogue Nation,” Team Rogue’s auxiliary group and fan club. The 18 selected Fortnite PC players include: AJO, Orange, TeeJayFN, Bweis, Faint, Fluctra, Skippy_, SloGro, PumpShottyRush, Megga., ottobite, Upsilon, TeKae, t_mmy, Doised, Conjurings, Snowy, and nusui.
“In building upon the success of the first semester of Junior Rogue, we look forward to expanding our relationships with both Team Rogue and ReKTGlobal, while continuing to make esports accessible for a remarkable group of extremely talented amateur gamers,” said Nick Gross, founder of Find Your Grind.
Junior Rogue players will receive several unique benefits in addition to mentorship opportunities such as formal recognition by the Rogue organization, streaming and graphical assets for their social media and streaming channels, promotion on social media, access to select Find Your Grind events, and exclusive Junior Rogue merchandise. They will attend weekly online seminars focused on the variety of careers available in the esports industry. Other activities include game nights, resume building and streamed online tournaments that will allow participants to showcase their improvements to the world.
“The Junior Rogue program is structured like basketball camp for the next generation of esports stars who love Fortnite,” said Amish Shah, founder of ReKTGlobal and co- owner of Team Rogue. “We are excited to kick off the new semester and improve upon the success of the previous semester by providing some of the best players in the nation with unforgettable mentorship and scholarship opportunities that allow them to further pursue their passions for esports and gaming.”
Fortnite has become an excellent teaching tool, as well as a level playing field for gamers of all backgrounds. With DrLupo serving as a mentor to the Junior Rogue players and providing seminars on how to become a better and more engaging streamer, one of the primary initiatives of the upcoming semester consists of encouraging individuality and providing one-on-one support between mentors and Junior Rogue players to best align with their skillsets and ambitions.
“I’m so excited for the next wave of players to join Junior Rogue. I know they’ll learn so much and I can’t wait to have my time with them too!” said Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo.
To join Junior Rogue, applicants must be under the age of 18 prior to initial application, must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian, must submit a complete application prior to the deadline, must be approved by representatives from FYG and Rogue, and must reside in the United States or a registered U.S. territory.
For more information, please visit https://findyourgrind.com/scholarships/juniorrogue.
About Rogue Rogue is a global professional esports organization with offices in Las Vegas, NV, and Berlin, Germany and teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, League of Legends, Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite and Rocket League. Since Rogue’s inception, it has become a globally recognized brand with over a dozen championship wins in multiple games. Rogue’s list of accolades includes a world championship Overwatch team with major tournaments wins in North America, Europe and Asia, a FIFA player winning the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup, and top-ranked, wildly popular teams in Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege, which won the 2018 U.S. Nationals. For more information, please visit www.rogue.gg.
About Find Your Grind Find Your Grind has non-profit roots. Nick and Natasha Gross started the foundation in 2015 to empower youth to find passion and purpose. In creating Los Angeles-based programs, events, and experiential learning opportunities, FYG saw an incredible need to show youth what was possible. Find Your Grind has now been propelled into the education space: writing curriculum, creating live events, and launching a widely accessible online platform. To learn more about Find Your Grind or the Find Your Grind Foundation, visit findyourgrind.com
About ReKTGlobal ReKTGlobal, Inc. is a global esports organization that bridges the gap between traditional sports and esports, providing solutions for the entire ecosystem. ReKTGlobal’s list of clients includes companies such as State Farm, Find Your Grind, NBC Sports and Madison Square Garden Networks. ReKTGlobal is also the parent company of professional esports organization, Rogue. Media interested in interviews and more information may contact: ReKT@maxborgesagency.com. For more information about ReKTGlobal visit www.rektglobal.com.