Fnatic expands with Quake Live

BY Andrew Miesner / August 12, 2009

Nick FitzFnatic has dipped back into the deathmatch pool by acquiring four Quake Live players to represent their organization. Having a history in deathmatch games, it took little time for Fnatic to grab representatives for the game still classified as beta. 

Joining the ranks are veterans of DM and Quake, David “deus” Kinnaird, Pierre-Emeric “link1n” Portier, and Alessandro “Stermy” Avallone, along with relative newcomer, Sebastian “Spart1e” Siira.

Kinnaird, who plays poker and tennis for a living, was formerly with Fnatic for their Quake 4 division. He is the oldest of the Quake Live additions, and his six years of Quake give him plenty of experience to draw upon.

Portier comes into Fnatic with some respectable achievements to his name, including 1st in the Fnatic PLAY QL Duel Cup. Outspoken regarding QL’s features, he feels that the netcode is “very bad as it is now.” The 22-year-old frenchman recently completed a “video studies” course and hopes to work in television.

Sebastian “Spart1e” Siira may come into the fray as a relative unknown to some, but has shown that he can make some waves. He boasts a 2nd at ESWC Masters of Athens, and a 2nd at CPL Nordic. The swede is realistic regarding his goals for the upcoming QuakeCon, saying “I will be happy with top 5 placement in 1on1.”

Avallone, the most recognizable name of the group, joins Fnatic in his 8th professional game. On joining Fnatic, Avallone stated, “I’m really happy to be part of this team. Sam and I and the fnatic organization been long time friends, competing and travelling together for different tournaments around the World.”

Avallone and the other Quake Live players will be dawning their new tags for the upcoming QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas. Fnatic will be playing in both the CTF and Duel portions of the tournament.

Fnatic Quake Live Roster

David “deus” Kinnaird
Pierre-Emeric “link1n” Portier
Sebastian “Spart1e” Siira
Alessandro “Stermy” Avallone