With the trials for the new season approaching, Scunthorpe United eSports manager Danny Pierce gave the lowdown on his time so far being in charge of an official eSports team, his targets for the season, and what he’s looking for from his players.
When speaking about the past season which finished in August, Pierce stated: “It was tough compared to previous seasons, with FIFA 19 coming to a close in preparation for FIFA 20 there was a lack of active players to choose from.
"However, I’m confident that with the interest in the upcoming trials generated through social media, we will have the players to help us achieve our target to contend for promotion to the VPG Premier League.”
Whilst talking about representing a professional football club, Pierce explained: “It means a lot to represent Scunthorpe United’s eSports team, I’m a lifelong football fan and that is why I love FIFA as well."
Being the manager adds extra pressure and Pierce explains how it doesn’t come without its challenges. He stated: “With the nature of eSports, the main challenge is being able to maintain a consistent team who are able to play together game after game. There are so many strong and organised teams within the VPG league it’s a challenge I embrace, I like a challenge.”
The eSports manager explained more about the challenges, his responsibilities running the team and what qualities he’s looking for in potential players wanting to join the eSports team.
He said: “Having good communication skills is a key part of being a manager, I keep in contact with all the players on a daily basis, we also have a group chat where every member of the team is involved in, so everyone is always communicating regularly.
“League matches are at 9pm and 9.30pm, the team usually prepares with friendly matches for at least an hour beforehand against other competitive eSports teams.
"Additionally, the team is regularly playing on non-matchdays, as many as six days a week starting at around 6.30pm where friendlies and divisions matches are played to help develop the style of play for the upcoming game, whilst talking about where the team can improve.
“We are looking for people who want to have fun, but also be part of a team, a competitive team that represents the professional club values. We will be trialling multiple positions whilst we change formations and see what works the best."
With the trials coming up very soon, Pierce explained how he got into the eSports scene and gave advice for those following in his footsteps.
He explained: “For anyone that wants to get into an eSports platform that I’m involved in, I would say, join the VPG pages on social media and get involved. The trials are happening for Scunthorpe United eSports within the next week or two and they will be advertised on our eSports social media platforms, so get in contact if you are interested and would like a chance to show what you can do.”