Natus Vincere CEO, Yevhen “HarisPilton” Zolotarov spoke with the Russian outlet CyberSlovo about the organization’s plans for the near future. The original article was published in Russian and got translated by estnn.com.
According to the translation provided on April 18, Na’Vi’s CEO has revealed his intention to open a Na’Vi Academy where young talents will find a place to develop their skills. Yevhen Zolotarov didn’t reveal any details for the Na’Vi Academy, but the project seems to be directly linked with Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy’s recent arrival at Natus Vincere as the new Esports Director.
Asked when is the Na’Vi Academy going to be officially announced, Zolotarov said “soon,” and added that “ the market is ready for this, and our organization is also ready. We have the human and financial resources to implement these plans. All other details will be available soon with the official announcement. I can only say that there will be many opportunities for young players.
Moving on to other topics, Na’Vi CEO voiced his concerns regarding PUBG, but also admitted that his feelings right now might be influenced by the poor results of the Na’Vi PUBG squad.
“It is too early to talk about our position, but we have serious concerns. The recent start of PUBG’s serious League cannot be called successful. As a businessman, I don’t see sponsors, I don’t see views, at the same time I see high costs related to moving the team to Berlin, he explained. In regards to the results at the end of the first stage of the season, he said: “Results are unsuccessful, but there is time to correct them. We are more afraid of the prospect of the esport itself.”
Despite some very successful first few weeks after the launch date, Apex Legends’ viewership numbers on twitch went down pretty fast. Nonetheless, some organizations were fast to sign players so they can be ready when the game would explode into a new competitive title on the esports market. Perhaps the decision was a bit rushed, but Na’Vi will stick now with their first two Apex players.
“There are a lot of unknowns. The game itself is facing certain issues.[…] We want to see how much effort they put into developing the esports side of the game,” concluded Yevhen “HarisPilton” Zolotarov.