The Danish Esports company Team Singularity has collaborated with the Pluck GG machine learning network to form its very own talent academy. Initially, the Academy will only be accessible to Fortnite players, but is planned to open up to several other titles in the first quarter of 2021.
Additional titles involve: FIFA, Rocket League, CS:GO, League of Legends, PUBG, VALORANT, Rainbow Six: Siege, Dota 2, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2.
Erik Lydecker, Founder and CEO of Pluck GG, explained how the Academy will work—starting with Fortnite, he quotes:
“The program includes a clear roadmap for academy players with target goals, game-connected missions, weekly routines, real-time engine tracking, live online coaching sessions with official Singularity coaches, auto-generated competitive academy competitions, and much more”.
“The primary purpose is to give all serious gamers a powerful platform to grow and a smart tool for professional organisations to add novel and massive revenue streams, monitoring and scouting services powered by machine-learning to assist in spotting future promising talents on autopilot.”
According to the announcement of Singularity, Fortnite players need to perform all 40 Academy missions in order to be given a professional contract with the company. In addition, Team Singularity clarified that the decision to open their own dedicated academy was to encourage players to get a contract based on their skills and not on their social media metrics.
Despite launching the initiative, Singularity currently has more than 700 participating members of the Fortnite Academy. The company has announced that it will be providing professional contracts to two existing Fortnite Academy members before 31 December.
“I am incredibly proud to give hopeful and motivated talent a clear path to becoming a professional sports athlete,” said Atle S. Stehouwer, Founder & CEO of Team Singularity.
“It’s getting harder and harder for young prospects to splash in the playing pool and get picked up by a professional team/organization as the number of competitive players continues to rise.
“It’s been a great pleasure to work together with Erik and his professional development team to shape what we believe will be the future of esports academies and a revolution within the industry.” he said.