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The King is back! Welcome Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen

As our organization keeps growing, we need amazing professionals to make sure that we can keep up the great work. We are more than happy to welcome Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen as our new player manager, powered by POWER and F-Secure!

– It’s good to be back in esports after a long break especially in an organization such as KOVA. The transition from a pro-player to a staff member is a big step. I’m extremely satisfied with my decision to come to KOVA, because everyone here from the staff to the players are amazing people, says Cyanide.

 

Roster announcement for NLC

We are exited to announce our new League Of Legends roster for NLC Summer Split 2021!

  • Top: Tatu “Tatuy” Jauhiainen
  • Jungle: Sermend “Outlandisch” Alhmawendi
  • Mid: Anselmi “Simpli” Rintanen
  • Bot: Rami “Snurmi” Nurmi
  • Support: Ilmo “Tiara” Rapeli
  • Coach: Konstantinos “Arag0rne” Ziagkliavos
  • Assistant Coach: Tommi “Toba” Kettunen

Thank you very much for the last split Libor “Proker” Král and Dennis “CastielMid” Hoese

KOVA X COUGAR GAMING

We are happy to announce our new partner Cougar Gaming, check the announcement video

LAKKO TRYOUT KOVAN CS:GO TIIMIIN

Välillä saamme hyvin erilaisiakin yhteydenottoja KOVAlla ja tämä on yksi niistä. Saimme viestin Lakolta. Eric ”Lakko” Savolainen on omien sanojen mukaan vuosien 2020 ja 2021 aikana kaikessa hiljaisuudessa painanut valtavan määrän tunteja CS:GO peliin.
Liitteenä löytyi toki myös todistusaineistoa mm. KOVA x Power -karttaan tehdyistä ajoista ja movement sekä aimaus vaikuttavat erittäin potentiaalisilta.
Vaikka Airaxin mukaan ottamisen jälkeen lineup on meillä täynnä niin jo maailmalla yleistynyt 6man rosteri Lakon kanssa kiinnostaa myös meitä. Jotta saamme myös testattua tunnetun vaikuttajan paineensietokykyä järjestetään tryout poikkeuksellisesti livenä ja isolle yleisölle. Myös sinulla on mahdollisuus tulla katsomaan millaiseen mankeliin Lakko CS:GO jätkien kanssa joutuu.

MISSÄ: twitch.tv/lakkoilija
MILLOIN: Perjantaina 23.4. klo 18-20
KETKÄ: Lakko ja KOVA CS:GO -tiimi

Gaming Setup Powered by Power:

Tietokone: ASUS G15CK-NR040T
Näyttö: BENQ ZOWIE XL2411P
Hiiri: COUGAR SURPASSION RX
Näppämistö: COUGAR PURI RGB
Hiirimatto: RAZER GIGANTUS V2 3XLARGE
Kuulokkeet: COUGAR PHONTUM ESSENTIA
Tuoli: COUGAR ARMOR ONE
Pöytä: CEPTER ROGUE

Hiiren asetukset:
DPI: 400 / Sensitivity: 1.79 / Hz: 1000

CS:GO Roster Update (for real this time): NEW IGL

Today we are happy to finally announce our 5th CS:GO-player. Please warmly welcome Jussi “airax” Airaksinen!

Airax has been playing as stand-in with the rest of the team since peku was benched and his leadership has made a good impression. CS:GO-team is ready to climb their way up in HLTV ranks!

– First I was a little nervous about joining KOVA. After we had playing for a week and getting to know the guys better, I realized that my skills as a player and an IGL are good enough for this level, airax says.

– After few weeks I realized how good this team is. We are aiming to be the top40-50 team by the end of the year, he continues.

You’ll see our first official match with airax April 13th in Sweet Spring Sweet tournament at 10 EEST.

CS:GO Roster Update: NEW IGL!

We are extremely happy to announce that we have found our new in-game-leader to our CS:GO-roster. He might be familiar face to you: Please welcome Teemu “Spamned” Rissanen!

Spamned has been part of our stream team for over a year now, and has shown great skills in CS:GO. We are excited to see how fast we will climb in HLTV ranks now!

CS:GO Roster Change – Petteri “peku” Jaakkola benched

Our goal has been clear to us from the beginning: We want to compete at the highest level.

Unfortunately our CS:GO roster hasn’t been able to perform at the level that was expected of them. This has been going on for some time already, so something needed to be done and the organization had to make a tough decision. As of 10th of March, our IGL Petteri “peku” Jaakkola has been benched from the active roster.

– I personally think the worst part about this job is giving bad news to good people, but this is the nature of the sport we all are participating in. As of now, we are looking for a new player to fill the remaining spot in the roster and will inform you when we have finished our search, Timo Tarvainen, General Manager.

Since peku joined our roster in July 2019, we have made great memories together. We have won, for example, Assembly Summer 2019, Telia Esports Series Season 3 and Finnish Esports League Season 8.

KOVA X YTK

We are happy to announce our new partner YTK, check the announcement video

and read more here Ammattina esport

KOVA X POWER AIM CHALLENGE

KOVA X POWER AIM CHALLENGE STARTTAA 8.2.2021! Haasta itsesi ja kaverit AIMCHALLENGEEN suorittamaan kartta mahdollisimman nopeasti, niin voit voittaa mahtavia palkintoja. Kilpailu kestää kaksi viikkoa.

Kilpailu on käynnissä 8.2-21.2.2021. Palkintoja voi voittaa kolmella eri tavalla.
Molemmilla viikoilla nopein aika palkitaan CEPTER ROGUE pelinäppäimistöllä ja skinillä. Toiseksi nopein voittaa CEPTER FURY pelihiiren sekä skinin. Kolmanneksi tullut palkitaan lippalakilla ja skinillä.
Jokaiseen kisaan osallistuneen kesken arvotaan CEPTER ZEN 32” 144HZ PELINÄYTTÖ + MORA
Palkintoja voi voittaa myös kisan aikana järjestettävistä haasteista.

Mikäli kaipaat apua tai peliseuraa, sitä löydät Discordin palvelimelta KOVA Esports.

Kuvankaappaus Windows:lla onnistuu, kun painat Windows-näppäintä + PrtScn-näppäintä samaan aikaan.

NÄIN OSALLISTUT KILPAILUUN:

Kilpailuun osallistuakseen sinulla tulee olla Counter:Strike – Global Offencive -peli. Pelin ikäraja on 16 vuotta. KOVA tai POWER ei vastaa osallistujien ikärajavalvonnasta, mutta kysyttäessä alaikäisen osallistujan on todistettava, että hänellä on huoltajan lupa pelaamiseen.

Kilpailuun osallistutaan pelaamalla KOVA_AIM karttaa.

Mikäli olet voittanut jo aikaisemmin, niin samalle henkilölle ei anneta palkintoa. Kilpailu on rajattu Suomessa asuville henkilöille ja osallistuminen tapahtuu KOVA Esportsin Discord-kanavalla.

KOVA X POWER AIM CHALLENGE KILPAILUN JA ARVONNAN SÄÄNNÖT

Kilpailuaika
Kilpailuaika on 8.2-21.2.2021

Kilpailun järjestäjä
Kilpailun järjestää Kova Esports. Kilpailu toteutetaan yhteistyössä Power Finland Oy:n kanssa.

Voitosta ilmoittaminen
Voittajiin ollaan yhteydessä Discordin kautta. Voittajilta kerätään yhteystiedot palkintojen lähettämistä varten.

Osallistumalla tähän kilpailuun vastaanottajat myöntyvät kilpailun järjestäjälle oikeuden julkaista nimensä sekä jakamiaan kuvia KOVA Esportsin ja Power Finlandin sosiaalisessa mediassa voittajien julkistamisen yhteydessä.

Tietojen luovuttaminen
Kampanjassa kerättäviä henkilötietoja ei luovuteta kolmansille osapuolille.

Järjestäjän vastuu
Kilpailun järjestäjän vastuu kilpailun osanottajia kohtaan ei voi millään perusteella ylittää näissä virallisissa säännöissä mainitun palkintojen määrää tai arvoa. Palkinnon voittaja vapauttaa kilpailun järjestäjän kaikesta vastuusta, joka voi aiheutua tai väitetään aiheutuneen osallistumisesta tähän kilpailuun tai palkinnon lunastamisesta tai sen käyttämisestä.

Järjestäjä sitoutuu maksamaan lakisääteiset verot palkinnosta. Palkintoa ei vaihdeta muuhun aineettomaan tai aineelliseen hyödykkeeseen, eikä sitä saa luovuttaa eteenpäin tai myydä.

Erityisehdot
Kaikenlainen kilpailuosallistumisen manipulointi voi johtaa kilpailusta sulkemiseen.
Kaikkien huijausohjelmien käyttäminen kilpailussa johtaa kilpailusta sulkemiseen.

Rekisteriseloste
Rekisterin ylläpitäjä: Kova Esports

Rekisteri koostuu sivustolla olevien ehdotusten mukana annetuista yhteystiedoista. Kilpailuun osallistuneiden henkilötietoja voidaan käyttää voitosta ilmoittamiseen.

Järjestäjä pidättää oikeuden palkintojen muutoksiin.

Rekisteriin kerätään seuraavat tiedot:

Nimi

Katuosoite

Postitoimipaikka

Postiosoite

Sähköpostiosoite

Puhelinnumero

Rekistereihin kerättyjä tietoja ei luovuteta ulkopuolisille.

Rekisterit on tallennettu tietojärjestelmään ja ne on suojattu ja sijoitettu siten, ettei asiaankuulumattomilla tahoilla ole pääsyä rekisteritietoihin.

KOVAn streamteam kasvaa: Tervetuloa Iiro “navix” Sorsa!

– Sairaus pysäytti hetkeksi, tämä on uusi alku kaikelle tekemiselle.

Iiro “Navix” Sorsa, 31, tekee päivisin myyntityötä ja iltaisin lyö striimin päälle. Viime vuosi meni sairastellessa, ja lisäksi arkeen kuuluu avopuoliso, melkein 7 kuukautta vanha tytär sekä vuoroviikoin 10-vuotias poika.

Sorsa esittelee itsensä positiivisena tyyppinä, joka tekee asiat aina täysillä kun lähtee johonkin mukaan. Hän tiedostaa, ettei ole Suomen suurin tai tunnetuin striimaaja, mutta myyntityöstä tullut itsevarmuus kumpuaa myös omaan siviilielämään: Sosiaalisena ihmisenä hän uskaltaa etsiä uusia mahdollisuuksia, ja ottaa steppejä, joita muut eivät ehkä uskalla ottaa.

Ensimmäinen pelitietokone reissurahoilla

Pelaaminen Sorsalla alkoi jo lapsena, ja Sega Mega Drive oli kovassa käytössä. NHL94 oli se peli, joka vei Sorsan pelaamiseen mukaan.

– Muistaakseni jouluna -94 saatiin änäri Segalle, ja pelattiin sitä veljen kanssa pitkälle yöhön. Oltiin 5-6-vuotiaita, Sorsa muistelee naurahtaen.

– Myöhemmin saatiin tietokone, mutta ei siinä mitään nettiä ollut. Pelit olivat korpuilla, ja yksi peli oli aina useammalla korpulla. Jossain vaiheessa meidän piti lähteä Tahkolle reissuun, mutta se reissu peruuntui. Sanoin vanhemmille, että nyt nuo rahat, joiden piti mennä reissuun, haluan käyttää tietokoneeseen, Sorsa jatkaa.

Vaikka tietokone ei ollut lähelläkään nykyisten pelitietokoneiden tasoa, silloin Sorsa pääsi todella aloittamaan pelaamisen. Myös into pelata CS:ssää nosti silloin päätään, ja Sourcen aikoihin hän käväisikin Suomen pro-tasolla, mutta vain lyhyesti.

– Se oli niin pieni peli siihen aikaan. Mielummin panostan kasuaalipelaamiseen ja olen kavereiden kanssa.

KOVA on uusi alku

Noin nelivuotisen striimausuransa aikana Sorsa on ehtinyt työskennellä SJK:n, Rockstarin sekä SJ:n streamteameissa. Alku ei kuitenkaan ollut mikään kaikista helpoin: Sorsa oli kaverinsa luona Oulussa lanittamassa, kun ensimmäistä kertaa törmäsi Twitch-palveluun, josta hän ei ollut aiemmin kuullutkaan.

– Kaveri katsoi jotain Summitin striimiä, ja katsoin siinä vieressä, että tuo on siistiä, alan tekemään tuota. Siitä meni reilu vuosi eteenpäin, sitten hankin web-kameran ja luin netistä ohjeita, Sorsa kertoo.

– Ei oikein ollut ketään keneltä kysyä apua, lay-outtien tekoon pyysin apua kavereilta jotka pyörittelivät Photoshoppia. Siitä on sitten koko ajan menty eteenpäin.

Nyt Sorsa toivotetaan osaksi KOVAn streamtiimiä, ja hän on mahdollisuudesta todella innoissaan. Omien sanojensa mukaan hän on “valmis tekemään mitä vain hyvän maun rajoissa”.

– Tavoitteet on aina ollut korkealla, ja nyt sairastelun jälkeen entistä korkeammalla. Haluaisin jossain vaiheessa, että tämä olisi päivätyö, eikä tarvitsisi lähteä muualle. Kotona olen sanonut, että olen vielä viisikymppisenäkin Twitchissä, Sorsa hymähtää.

Syksyllä Sorsa puntaroi omia ajatuksiaan ja sitä, mitä hän itse tykkää tehdä, ja pohti, minkä organisaation meiningistä hän pitää. KOVAn tekeminen oli hänelle mieleen.

– Ensimmäisessä videossa sanotaan, että tulimme laittamaan skenen uusiksi. Haluan olla siinä mukana, tehdä asioita oikein, makeesti ja tyylillä, Sorsa summaa.

Seuraa Iiroa täällä:

Twitch

Twitter

Instagram

Roster announcement for NLC

As you all know, our League of Legends -team got a place in NLC. Since dominating the Telia Esports Series and Telia Masters last year, we are extremely thrilled to announce our new roster!

First of all, we would like to thank Elmeri “euna” Mahlamäki, Aleksi “Merza” Meriläinen, Tommi “Toba” Kettunen and Atte “VL” Korpi for all the effort you put in the team and the organization. It was a great ride!

Now we have our roster ready for the next split! The core of our roster remains the same with three Finnish guys: Tatu “tatuy” Jauhiainen, Rami “snurmi” Nurmi and Ilmo “Tiara” Rapeli. With these old dogs you will see some new talent from abroad: Please welcome Sermend “Outlandisch” Alhmawendi, Libor “Proker” Král and Dennis “CastielMid” Hoese!

“Our roster seems very promising, we have connected very well from the beginning. We hope to fight for our spot in play-offs!” – Tatu “Tatuy” Jauhiainen

“Joining KOVA was surprising yet welcomed coincidence. Initially applying for the Assistant Coach role turned through unfortunate circumstances into the Head Coach role. Frankly speaking, we arguably do not have the best roster in the league but I do not think that the level of the league is overly high. Our progress in scrims has been very steady.

We should be able to contest the, on the paper, “better” teams and might end up upsetting one of the big favourites.” – Head Coach Dennis “CastielMid” Hoese.

  • Top: Tatu “Tatuy” Jauhiainen
  • Jungle: Sermend “Outlandisch” Alhmawendi
  • Mid: Libor “Proker” Král
  • Bot: Rami “Snurmi” Nurmi
  • Support: Ilmo “Tiara” Rapeli
  • Coach: Dennis “CastielMid” Hoese

KOVA 2020 – What happened?

We started our journey in esports in 2019. We had many plans for 2020 – even thought this has been a strange year, we have achieved a lot. Now it’s time to look back what has happened!

January

In the beginning of the year we had two streamers and four different games: CS:GO, Fortnite, Starcraft and Hearthstone. We were satisfied how our first year went, but we were looking for growth. At this point, it was the right time to grow our stream team, and we were happy to announce that Tito “Tixtuu” Huovila was joining us!

February

In February it was time for our CS-players to enjoy some LAN-events. Yeah, at that time we got to meet people face-to-face and not only via computer. Anyway, Assembly Winter 2020 didn’t go as planned, and we could not repeat the amazing win from the Assembly Summer 2019.

At the end of February, we took part in Lantrek 2020. Sadly we couldn’t beat SJ Gaming and we missed the finals, but our guys fought and got the 3th place.

March

At March we had a LOT going on: We were about to announce two new teams: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege and NHL. Our R6 team had a bootcamp in Jyväskylä and played for a spot in Nordic League. It was quite a rough start for our team as they didn’t qualify, but it didn’t matter: We were more than happy to have new team under our name!

Before the corona break-out we had a chance to meet our fans and play some Fortnite and CS with them, as we and POWER organized an event in Turku. Part of our staff were there with our streamers Sami “FaijaRektaa” Huovila and Tito “Tixtuu” Huovila. It was great to meet you all there!

In March our CS:GO team played in Rio’s Minor Closed Qualifiers. Our guys showed what they can do and played very well – they didn’t win, but they showed that they can be tough opponent to worlds top teams.

Our card player Ville “Keppada” Pääkkö started the year 2020 with a great drive: He qualified to Hearthstone Master Tour Bali and he was the 10th person in Europe to get Masters rank in Runeterra.

The Master Tour was supposed to get place in Bali, but because of COVID19 Blizzard relocated it to Los Angeles. The situation with corona got even worse, and Keppada the tournament changed to online mode. The tournament didn’t go well for Keppada, but he got an great experience

In March we also published our partnership with Leijona Työvaatteet. At the same time we published some cool merch for you to buy!

April

After busy March, we all had to adapt to the new situation. We could not meet each other as much as normally, but we knew we had to keep things going. Our CS-guys started playing Elisa Viihde Spring Challenge at the end of March, and closed the series in April with victory. Along with the victory they got a place to Elisa Invitational Spring 2020, where they played against North and Nordavind for example. After the tournament our HLTV-ranking was 69 – so we rose 63 places!

In April we also published Fortnite Deathrun competition, which we hosted with POWER. The competition lasted until May, and we saw many cool performances in the map!

May

In May we had many things to celebrate. Our R6-guys got their silver medals in FEL’s R6-league, after losing to GODSENT. We also heard that Telia will host a new League of Legends -series in Finland and other Nordic Countries. Most of our staff loved LoL already, and we were very exited about new series. We faced one little problem: We didn’t have a team in LoL.
Luckily our GM Timo had some mämmi left from Easter, and with the power of Mämmi it took only couple of phone calls and we had the team. The captain Tatu “tatuy” Jauhiainen told us, that the team is the best team in Finland. Our team also got the invitation to the Telia Esports Series.

Our CS-guys had a reason to party, when they won Telia Esports Series. They took SJ Gaming down with a clean 2-0 sweep and also got a spot in Dream Hack Open Winter 2020 tournament!

With all this joy in competitive side, we were also thrilled to announce our partnership with F-Secure.

June

In June we announced two awesome partners: Sector Alarm and Lumo Energia. We also had some sad news to tell: We were about to disband our Fortnite players. We and our players Niko “Aistimus” Anttila and Ville “Flowdi” Virtala talked about the scene, and realized that it has not developed as we thought it would. Both of them decided to leave the competitive scene for now. Thank you guys for great time together!


In June we met our LoL-team for the first time, when they started their journey in Telia Esports Series. Our players told us, that they would win the whole thing, and the beginning looked great: They won their opening match.

July

July was a good month for us. Our CS:GO-team faced HAVU in Finnish Esports League finals, and we were very excited about the final, and our game plan was clear.

Well, it worked and we got the big pocal!

Also our League of Legends team finished their journey in Telia Esports Series. In the beginning of the series, they said, that victory is the only opinion.

Well, as expected, they did won the whole thing. They also got a place in Telia Masters tournament, which took place in August.

Our Starcraft 2 boys ZhuGeLiang and Mixu competed in Fuzers Shelter Gameroom Open. They managed to get to the podium: ZhuGeLiang got the brightest medal, and Mixu got the 3th place.

In June we announced a new team to KOVA: We were happy to welcome our sim racing team!

August

August started well. Our new sim racing team competed in Digital sim racing eSM. We knew they were fast, and at the end of the very hot day we got to celebrate Tuomas Tähtelä and Valtteri Alander, as Tuomas got the first place and Valtteri the third place!

We also had some sad news to tell you. During player break, our young AWP-player Nikita “Derkeps” Sirmitev had decided that it’s time to focus on his studies. Because of that’ he stepped down from our active CS:GO-roster.

But it didn’t take too long after we announced the new fifth player: we were ready to welcome Jarkko “spargo” Rahja to our team!

As our CS:GO roster was practicing after changes, our LoL team continued their journey to Telia Masters.

It didn’t take too long after we were sure that they were going to dominate this tournament as they did in Telia Esports Series. They won the whole thing, and with the win they got a place to NLC relegations!

NLC relegations didn’t go as well as we hoped for. Our guys lost to Singularity Esports 3-2, and our journey ended there.

We also had some other action! Our streamers FaijaRektaa and Tixtuu hosted a 24 hours stream, and during the stream they opened 1000 CS:GO cases. Also we had our first KOVA Starcraft team league tournament!

September

In September we faced HAVU once again, this time in Elisa Finnish Championship 2020 -tournament. Unfortunately this time HAVU got the biggest prize.

We also hosted first KOVA Cup powered by Lumo Energia! It was the first wingman tournament that we ever did, and because it went so well, we decided to make more of them!

October

In October it was time to announce new partnership (and new team!). As we started working together with Valtra, we also helped them to found amazing team to Farming Simulator.

November

Our League of Legends team had another tournament ahead of them in November. NLC Fall Open tournament took place in November. We faced some great teams, and unfortunately we couldn’t perform as well as before.

As our teams kept playing, we were ready to announce something new. We now have our own academy team in CS:GO, as we started co-operation with JAMI. If you don’t know what to study next year, be sure to check kovakatemia.fi!

December

Finally it was the last month of this strange year! We thought that we didn’t have much you tell you at this point at the year, but oh, how wrong we were.

We had a BIG surprise to our League of Legends team. As one NLC team had to step down from the league, they offered the spot fo us and of course we took it! So next year instead of dominating Telia Esports Series, we will be dominating NLC!

This year The Finnish Starcraft 2 community celebrated its 10th anniversary with an online tournament for the Finnish players, and our player ZhuGeLiang showed his skills and won the whole tournament!

We also made first Gaming Sohva episode together with Lumo Energia. Our first guest was NHL goalie Ville Husso!

Also our League of Legends team competed in League of Legends ESM-tournament. It was the last tournament for our team with that roster. In finals they lost to Isänmaan Toivot (ex-ENCE), and got the second place.

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE YEAR 2020 – WE ARE READY FOR 2021!

We want to thank all our fans and partners. Even thought there was some hard times, we are happy how this year went for us! We also want to thank all players who are with us now and who have left us: You have made our journey amazing!

KOVA x JAMI

Etelä-Pohjanmaalle aukeaa Suomen ensimmäinen vastuulliseen kilpapelaamisen keskittyvä e-urheilulinja – opetussuunnitelmassa mukana elämänhallintaa, ravitsemustietoa ja etiikkaa

Järviseudun ammatti-instituutti (JAMI) kehittää kilpapelaamisopetustaan luomalla  vastuulliseen pelaamiseen keskittyvän linjan yhdessä e-urheiluorganisaatio KOVAn kanssa. Yhteistyön myötä aiempi kilpapelaamisen linja laajenee kattamaan vastuulliset pelaajapolut, ja tuo alan tämänhetkisiä kärkinimiä koulun asiantuntijoiksi.

Peliopintojen rinnalla opetussuunnitelmaan kuuluu muun muassa fyysistä harjoittelua, kilpapelaamisen etiikkaa sekä terveystietoa käsittelevät kokonaisuudet. Yhteistyö peliorganisaatioiden ja koulujen välillä on vielä Suomessa uutta.

“Haluamme yhdessä kasvattaa vastuullisempia ja ammattitaitoisempia pelaajia. Tulevaisuuden ammattipelaaja huolehtii liikunnasta, syö terveellisesti, opiskelee tunnollisesti ja harjoittelee  tavoitteellisesti, kurinalaisesti ja määrätietoisesti. Pelaaminen kasvattaa suosiotaan tällä hetkellä jatkuvasti ja uskomme, että juuri nyt oikea aika tehdä Suomesta edelläkävijämaa tällä saralla”, kertoo JAMIn esports-opettaja Mikko Kalijärvi.

Linjan yhteistyökumppanina toimii suomalainen KOVA Esports, joka tunnetaan muun muassa viimeaikaisesta menestyksestä  suomalaisten suosikkipeli Counter-Strike: Global Offensivessa. Yrityksen toinen perustaja, Antti Hirvonen, näkee yhteistyön luonnollisena ja toivoo, että vastaavia hankkeita syntyisi myös muualla Suomessa.

“Yhdessä voimme luoda kestävän ja vastuullisen pelikulttuurin. JAMIn nuoret opiskelijat ovat luomassa itselleen ammattia, ja meille on kunnia olla mukana heille tärkeässä matkassa. Samaan aikaan pystymme viemään koko Suomen e-urheilukenttää eteenpäin ja omalta osaltamme tehdä Suomesta edelläkävijää pelaamisen alalla”, Hirvonen toteaa.

Yhteistyön myötä Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -peliin keskittyviin kilpapeliopintoihin tulee merkittäviä lisäsisältöjä. KOVAn valmennusosaamista tullaan hyödyntämään etenkin henkisellä puolella, jolloin opiskelijoille voidaan tarjota aiempaa kokonaisvaltaisempaa opetusta. Lisäksi opiskelijat pääsevät kuulemaan vinkkejä pelaamiseen ja kehittymiseen omilta idoleiltaan, KOVAn ammattipelaajilta. Kilpapelilinjan opiskelijat tulevat pelaamaan KOVAn nimen alla akatemiajoukkueena.

Esports-liiketoimintaan keskittyvällä puolella yhteistyö avaa opiskelijalle mahdollisuuden oppia esimerkiksi manageroinnista ja kumppanuusmyynnistä vierailevilta luennoitsijoilta sekä suorittaa harjoittelujaksoja KOVAn organisaatiossa.

Lisätietoja:
JAMI:
Mikko Kalijärvi, esports-opettaja
Järviseudun ammatti-instituutti
0503717349
mikko.kalijarvi@jamin.fi

KOVA:
Antti Hirvonen, omistaja
KOVA Esports
0443085090
antti@kova.gg

Järviseudun ammatti-instituutti JAMI on tarjonnut esport-opintoja vuodesta 2014 saakka. JAMI on 500 opiskelijan ammatillinen oppilaitos Etelä-Pohjanmaan Järviseudulla. JAMIn vuonna 2019 perustamaan esportkoulu.fi-konseptiin liittyivät myös Alajärven lukio ja Vimpelin lukio keväällä 2020, tavoitteena saada esports-opintoihin lukio- sekä ammatillinen linja. Aloituspaikkoja kouluissa on yhtäänsä 60: JAMIssa 20 paikkaa kilpapelilinjalle ja 10 esports-liiketoimintaan. Molemmissa lukioissa on 15 paikkaa kilpapelilinjalle. www.kovaakatemia.fi

KOVA Esports on vuonna 2019 perustettu suomalainen e-urheiluorganisaatio, joka tunnetaan erityisesti viimeaikaisesta menestyksestä suomalaisten suosikkipeli Counter-Strike: Global Offensivessa. CS:GO-joukkue on kerännyt voittoja muun muassa vuoden 2019 Summer Assemblyilta, Telia Esport Seriesin kolmannelta kaudelta sekä Finnish Esports Leaguen 8. kaudelta. Viimeisimpänä joukkue sijoittui toiseksi elokuussa pelatussa Suomen mestaruusturnauksessa. www.kova.gg

Axel “MonkeyHeadAF” Falck #KOVASTA

“There’s no direct reading of what I’m aiming for, but I’m trying to be at the top of the goalies in the stats in every league that I play”.

KOVA goalkeeper Axel “MonkeyHeadAF”  Falck, 27, who started playing actively during NHL04, played simulator rally games before his competitive NHL career. However, interest in competitive NHL sparked in the late 2000s.

– The sim racing scene was not very big at the time. The NHL scene has grown steadily all the time, and sometimes around the time of NHL16 I started playing more with competitive teams. Since then I have played 6vs6 games, Falck says. 

 At the same time, he also tried for the first time the goalie`s spot, which went well right from the start. Falck thinks the goalie`s place is best for him and he also wants to stay there.

Falck has a lot of positive things to say about his current team. The players are tough, and everyone has potential to step up in tight games. When teammates get a chance to attack, goals can be scored against anyone. 

– As a goalkeeper, I like to play on this team because our defense is in good shape, Falck praises.

– As soon as I joined this team, I had a good feeling about this group.

If team KOVA does not have own games, Falck may be seen playing for other teams as goalkeeper in training spirit. However, he doesn’t feel that it would be as beneficial as training with his own team.

– Each team has its own style of play, and the goalkeeper must adapt to it. The same thing doesn’t work for everyone, Falck describes.

Before his own games, Falck does not have any special routines, no voodoo dancing or meditating. The most important thing is to be ready.

– It`s all about being ready for games in the best possible way. There is nothing special about that, Falck says.

The new NHL 21 will be released soon, but Falck does not think that it will be much different than the current one. Of course, there will be new stuff in the game that teams need to learn, but more he believes changes will be found when NHL22 is released. 

– We got to try the NHL21 test version for a few days. I think that bigger changes will come when the PlayStation5 and NHL22 are released, Falck says.

As for Falck`s own favorite NHL version, the choice is difficult. For him, every version has had something good and something bad, but compared to his era, the best game has been NHL14.

– Every version is good in their own way, but NHL14 was good for its era. NHL09 was also a big step forward, with a lot of new things coming into it. That’s when the game started to be played in a slightly different style, and it’s memorable, Falck recalls.

Falck`s dream hockey lineup would consist only Finnish players.

– Miikka Kipprusoff as a goalie, Miro Heiskanen in the defence alongside Jere Karalahti. In the offence I would pick Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho and Teemu Selänne, Falck reflects.

Couple of quick choices:

Selänne or Kurri?
– Selänne
Laine or Aho?
– Aho
Koivu or Koivu?
– Koivu
Juti or Tiki?
– Tiki

KOVA x Lumo Energia: KSTL #2

KOVA X Lumo Energia: KOVA STARCRAFT TEAM LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES

This autumn KOVA and partners bring some action to Finnish Starcraft 2 scene. We are happy to announce that the second KSTL will take place on 27.9.2020!

Initially we wanted to broadcast on the entire weekend for two days for 26.-27.9. This shortening of the broadcasts means that we can improve the quality of production. The good news here is that Fraktio is coming onboard to help us with production. PKjedi from Fraktio has been an integral part of Finnish Starcraft 2 tournaments for the past few years. 

Format changes: We will be adopting the NationWars 2019 proleague into all-kill format. In NationWars each team has 3 players, but we will keep our 7 player teams. This means that the first team to reach 8 map wins secures the match victory. In addition each team will have a single ace player. In other words the initial proleague section for the tournament will look exactly the same to our first KSTL edition except now the continuation of all-kill will give the potential for surprises and comeback potentials. 

Prize pool changes: We want to commit to our intention to support the players nearing grandmaster rank. The majority of the prize pool will be put into the proleague format with each match now worth 25€ from the 15€. In addition the winning team will receive 70€ which means the total prize pool for the tournament will be 245€

Invites and ladder qualifier: The 7 invited players of course include our ZhuGeLiang and Mixu who will return as captains. Four invites go to players at the top of the Finnish ladder which include PuPu, Alluton, TheMusZero and WoodedMicrob. In addition two invites go to the legendary players Welmu and Naama. The ladder qualifier is found here: http://starcraft2.fi/tournaments/tournament.php?id=549 and will run until the 16.9. which will qualify the remaining 6 players. 

Broadcast schedule: The tournament will take place on 27.9. at 15:00 CEST. Main broadcast for the tournament on Saturday will be in Finnish at: https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft2fi. In addition we will have an international stream broadcasted by WarCraft 3 Champion and legendary caster RotterdaM at: https://www.twitch.tv/rotterdam08 in English. Nordic Starcraft League tournament runner Robzki will once again join in but covering it in Swedish at: https://www.twitch.tv/robzki.

Future prospects: If we decide to hold 1 more KSTL for 2020 it will be after ESL Dreamhack Masters Winter in November.

Kimi “ZipPlayer” Nordberg #KOVASTA

“I have always been into ice hockey, in real life or virtually. When there was no opportunity to get on the ice, it was to play a video game.”

Captain of NHL team Kimi “ZipPlayer” Nordberg, 31, has been playing NHL games since NHL94. It was a great way to spend time when there was no ice hockey practice.

– It didn’t take much to get excited about the video game when I was already in real life interested in hockey, he smiles.

At first Nordberg played 1v1 tournaments during NHL07. He remembers one tournament where he got to the finals and then suffered a bitter defeat. Much later, in 2015, he started playing 6v6 game mode competitively. At the time of NHL15 Nordberg was playing in “Finnish national team”, where played the best players from different platforms.

– We played against the Swedish team which was made in the same way. The event was very cool; first we flew to Sweden and played there and the next day they came here, Nordberg recalls.

NHL games aren’t the first video games that Nordberg has been playing competitively. At first, the NHL was always a second choice.

– I took different COD series very seriously. One year we won every tournament held in Finland. I played it a lot, but lack of time became a problem.

After the release of the team, there have been some roster changes. Nordberg is satisfied with the current team: All players like to play together and they are having a good time, which is important to the captain.

– Playfully we are quite a defensive team. I could say we don’t score a lot of goals, but we won’t let them in either, Nordberg describes his team.

As a game, NHL is very different from Counter:Strike or LoL. In those games teams can make strategies and plans, but in the NHL you have to think fast and react to what the opponent is doing.

– For example, if I’m a free player and I call it out, it’s too late, Nordberg notes.

Even though it’s not so simple to make clear strategies for the games, KOVA’s team has some tactics in their pockets. The best way to surprise the opponent is to have creativity.We don’t have one strategy we would use all the time. Everyone can build the game with their own skills.

– There are some teams always using the same tactics. I could stand at one spot and I would know where the puck goes next, Nordberg describes.

According to Nordberg, the Finnish Championship league which they are playing right now is a test for the team which has gone through a lot of changes. Even though there are many new players in the team, they are going for a block win.

– The block victory is a realistic goal for us as long as we play our own game. It would be cool to get in the top four, but it would take a little luck. There are many great teams against us and they have played together for a long time, Nordberg ponders.

Later NHL team will play in the new ECL Elite season. It will be played with new NHL21, so it brings many changes. Every team has to learn new things.

– Elite is a very hard series. Losing one game can cost a lot. As long as you steal some points from top four teams and win those who you think are not as good as your team, you should be doing quite well, Nordberg describes.

KOVA X Lumo Energia: KOVA STARCRAFT TEAM LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

This autumn KOVA and partners bring some action to Finnish Starcraft 2 scene. We are happy to announce that there will be Starcraft 2 team league tournaments, and the first one will be on 15.8.2020!

The philosophy behind the tournament is to reinforce the strong community we have here in Finland for Starcraft 2. After 10 years of the game, the players who have stuck with it have shown incredible dedication and this is a celebration for all of us. We bring innovation to the tournament format in the sense that the traditional group stage and double elimination format that we have had for past few years in Finnish tournaments have lacked variety in terms of storylines.

For every tournament, team selection will be done through our Starcraft2 players Wenlei “ZhuGeLiang” Dai and Mikael “Mixu” Helenius. They will be captains of each team. This allows for a different combination of players competing against each other every time. For our kick off edition players will be invited based on their recent performance in Fuzer Shelter Room 3. In future we will have 6 invites including ZhuGeLiang and Mixu. The rest of 8 players will compete in a ladder competition to qualify for the tournament. Total player count will be 14 players.

The initial kick off event will take place on 15.8. with a single bo7 being played. Future editions of the tournament will take place on two days with a bo7 being played on each of those days. Teams remain the same for both bo7. 

Price pool for each bo7 and the kick off event will be around 140 € and future editions of this tournament will have two bo7s with around 280 €. More information on the distribution will be detailed later. It will try to encourage the team to work with each other while individual matches will not lose importance even if one team has already won the overall team match.

Broadcast schedule: Team selection will happen on 10.8. Monday and the tournament on 15.8. Saturday at 16:00 CEST. Main broadcast for the tournament on Saturday will be in Finnish at: https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft2fi. In addition we will have a international stream broadcasted by the Nordic Starcraft League tournament runner Robzki covering it in English at: https://www.twitch.tv/robzki

Next edition of the tournament will most likely be played on 26.-27.9. or 3.-4.10. which is after the EPT fall ends. It is subject to change depending on tournament schedules of bigger tournaments.

Tuomas Tähtelä #KOVASTA

”If I perform at best level in Finland, I can be satisfied.”

Tuomas Tähtelä, 23, has been playing racing games since he was a child. Now he studies computer science at university and attempts to drive as good as possibly. He started taking sim racing more seriously in 2014.

-Pretty quickly I noticed I was at the same point as the drivers who have been doing this for years. Soon I noticed I had gifts for this, Tähtelä tells.

Tähtelä thinks the best thing in sim racing is competitiveness and that you can be better than anyone else. Races can be very different from other, one can be 2 hours long, other 24 hours. Tähtelä doesn’t think it makes any difference to his personal preparing.

– It doesn’t matter how long the race is. The pace must always be found just as quickly, Tähtelä emphasizes.

Tähtelä doesn’t have any specific training routines. He drives when it feels good.

– I practice when I feel like it, because then it is the most effective. Practically I drive every day from one hour to couple hours, Tähtelä tells.

Results aren’t the most important thing to Tähtelä even though he likes competition. He wants to develop as a driver and drive better than others.

– It’s more important to drive as well as I’m supposed than look at the results. It doesn’t matter who I win, Tähtelä laughs.

One of the best moments in Tähtelä’s career happened over ten years ago. He played some racing game and got gold price from every test. Best sim racing moment happened last year when he was driving at Petit Le Mans.

– We were driving against Max Verstappen, we fought hard and finally we won, Tähtelä sums up.

As an organization, KOVA Esports is bigger than any other where Tähtelä has been in. It’s a big step forward and the fact that all his teammates are Finnish is important to Tähtelä.

– I am proud to represent Finland!

Tähtelä also has great confidence with his new team. In his former teams all drivers haven’t always been at the same page but now the situation is different.

– All our drivers are smart and drives at the level they should, Tähtelä sums up.