Alexander Kokhanovsky withdraws as ESforce Holding co-owner
Effective January 2018, Alexander Kokhanovsky is withdrawing as a co-owner of the ESforce esports holding.
Alexander Kokhanovsky is planning on focusing entirely on developing his own projects, such as the esports recruiting platform DreamTeam. The platform specializes in preparing players for amateur, semi-professional and professional team. Neither this project nor Alexander Kokhanovsky’s other activities are in any way connected to the ESforce esports holding and its other shareholders.
Alexander Kokhanovsky: “Over the past two years, we’ve managed to build ESforce Holding, which has become a clear leader in the Eastern European and CIS market, as well as one of the strongest players in the global esports arena. For me personally, this has been an invaluable experience, which has helped towards starting one of the most ambitious projects in esports, DreamTeam. This is what I’m fully focused on at the moment, and in order to avoid a conflict of interest when working with professional teams, players and tournaments, I have decided to withdraw as an ESforce shareholder. A decision of this sort is a good example of business ethics in esports which will benefit the entire esports community. I’d like to thank everyone on the ESforce team for their colossal efforts and incredible resolve to create the coolest project out there; USM Holdings, for wise advice and help in complex situations; and, of course, all our partners who’ve helped us make this journey.”
Alexader Kokhanovsky is the founder and former general manager of the esports organization Natus Vincere. Under his leadership, Na’Vi’s Counter-Strike roster became a triple world champion at Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games; the Dota 2 team won the first tournament in The International series, and made the grand final of that tournament in 2012 and 2013. Natus Vincere also started rosters in FIFA, World of Tanks, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, and League of Legends.
In 2015, Anton Cherepennikov and Alexander Kokhanovsky joined their assets to start ESforce Holding. In July 2016, ESforce Holding acquired media and advertising sales rights to Natus Vincere; in November 2017, upon mutual agreement, the rights related to Na’Vi reverted to Alexander Kokhanovsky’s Zero Gravity Group.
Anton Cherepennikov, co-owner, ESforce Holding: “I’m grateful to Sasha for his years of work, his passion for esports and his contribution to the development of the holding and of Russia’s and CIS’s esports market in general. I fully support his decision to pursue his own projects from now on”.