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Earlier this month, Immortals Gaming Club acquired Infinite Esports & Entertainment. Infinite is the parent company of OpTic Gaming as well as a few other esports brands. IGC owned organizations like Immortals, MIBR, and the Los Angeles Valiant prior to the acquisition. With this organization change, it seems some employees are also reconsidering their positions. North American esports organization 100 Thieves announced it has brought on Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen as its new Vice President of Esports.
Maelk joins 100 Thieves
Excited to welcome Jacob Toft-Andersen (@TheMaelk) to 100 Thieves as our new VP of Esports! Jacob will be responsible for all our competitive teams, including expansion into new titles. A former professional player himself, Jacob joins us from OpTic Gaming. Welcome to the family! pic.twitter.com/4kyKo1PHHK
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) June 19, 2019
“I have been watching from a distance, respecting and admiring the work Matt, John and the rest of the team have been doing, and the tremendous amount of results they have achieved in such a short amount of time,” wrote Jacob Toft-Andersen, the new VP of Esports at 100 Thieves. “I am so incredibly excited to get to work and RUN. IT. UP!”
Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen previously worked as Senior Vice President of Operations at Infinite Esports & Entertainment. Maelk started his career in esports as a Danish professional Dota 2 player. He was most well known for his role on a now disbanded team, Meet Your Makers (MYM). The team went on to win multiple first place records. He also played for Evil Geniuses after leaving MYM. Later, he joined Evil Geniuses as a coach.
After Dota 2, he went on to own a team named Elements in the European LCS. This team was later sold to FC Schalke 04, where he managed the esports side of things. Maelk has also worked as a Director of Esports at North, a joint venture between F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film.
Leaving Infinite Esports
This past Friday was my last official day at Infinite Esports & Entertainment, and more importantly with OpTic, the Outlaws and the #GreenWall.
I wish everyone involved on all levels of the company nothing but the best and thank you all for everything we have been through.
— Jacob Toft-Andersen (@TheMaelk) June 19, 2019
Maelk published a series of tweets about Infinite Esports & Entertainment before his 100 Thieves announcement. He thanked the Green Wall fanbase and passion that the fans showed the organization. In a previous statement, he also described his thoughts on OpTic Gaming’s League of Legends management staff.
“If people knew the circumstances and difficulties surrounding the creation of this OpTic LCS roster, they would appreciate and commend the players, [Thomas “Zaboutine” Si-Hassen] and [Keaton “Keaton” Cryer] all the much more for their work and accomplishments,” wrote Maelk shortly before the acquisition was revealed to the public. “An honor to work with such great people.”
Some in the community have criticized this addition, as it seemed OpTic’s expansion into new esports titles was too quick. Others joked about 100 Thieves possibly introducing their own Dota 2 team. What do you think about this hire? Maelk certainly brings a wealth of experience working in the esports scene.
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Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.