Personal Sponsorship

From Liquipedia StarCraft 2 Wiki

Personal sponsorship or solo sponsorship is a means by which a player gets support directly from a sponsor, rather than relying on the prevalent team mentality.

2GD has described this form of sponsorship as better than team-based sponsorship for StarCraft II because:

  • Most tournaments being solo tournaments.
  • An investor who is based in a country, say Germany, may want to sponsor a German player. But this German player may be on an international team. The company doesn't want to sponsor the whole team because that is out with their quota and would be redundant to players outwith Germany. So the personal sponsorship would allow sponsors to fund players without having to fund an entire team.
  • Agencies could be developed which have many players in them and they could have connections to sponsors and allow them to sponsor one (or more) players

On one hand, a personal sponsorship allows companies to invest directly into the player they want, rather than having their investment passed down through the ranks of team staff and other game divisions and players, yet teams are more likely to be able to represent a sponsor's interests and needs.

For some sponsors, however, after a period of success from sponsoring only one player, they expand into creating a formal team.

Some players retain a personal sponsorship while being on a team.

Personally Sponsored Players[edit]

ID Name Sponsors Current Team
ukUnited Kingdom rRicon small.png Apollo Shaun Clark XMG std.png XMG
usUSA pPicon small.png Artosis Dan Stemkoski Tt Dragonslogo std.pngTt eSports
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png Bomber Choi Ji Sung RedBulllogo std.pngRed Bull AfreecaFreecslogo std.png Afreeca Freecs
caCanada pPicon small.png desRow Marc-Olivier Proulx Asusroglogo std.pngASUS ROG Nocturnalgamerslogo std.png nocturnal Gamers
usUSA tTicon small.png flo Florence Chee-Yun Yao Need for Seat
nlNetherlands pPicon small.png Grubby Manuel Schenkhuizen TwitchTV
Sony Mobile US
BenQ
PokerStrategy.com
Grubbylogo std.png Team Grubby
seSweden zZicon small.png MaddeLisk Madeleine Leander XMG std.png XMG Milleniumlogo std.png Millenium
caCanada tTicon small.png MaSa Maru Kim Elevatelogo std.png Team eLevate
frFrance zZicon small.png MoMaN Emmanuel Marquez Asusroglogo std.pngASUS ROG Ldlclogo std.png Team LDLC.com
usUSA pPicon small.png Neeb Alex Sunderhaft Ting
plPoland zZicon small.png Nerchio Arthur Bloch RedBulllogo std.pngRed Bull EUROlogo std.png EURONICS Gaming
twTaiwan zZicon small.png Sen Yang Chia Cheng Hka std.png Hong Kong Attitude
frFrance zZicon small.png Stephano Ilyes Satouri Meltdown std.png Meltdown
krSouth Korea zZicon small.png viOLet Kim Dong Hwan Envyuslogo std.png Team EnVyUs
fiFinland pPicon small.png Welmu Vesa Hovinen Encelogo std.png Ence eSports
uaUkraine pPicon small.png White-Ra Aleksey Krupnyk Tt Dragonslogo std.pngTt eSports
ASRock
Playhem

Expanded Personal Sponsorships[edit]

These players had once received personal sponsorships, but the sponsor later created an entirely new team including the personally sponsored player (usually calling new members part of their StarCraft II division).

ID Name Sponsor / New Team
krSouth Korea zZicon small.png viOLet Kim Dong Hwan Azubulogo std.png AZUBU
krSouth Korea pPicon small.png CranK Choi Jae Won Cynical Brit / Axiomlogo std.png Axiom
atAustria pPicon small.png monchi Philipp Simon XMG std.png XMG
deGermany zZicon small.png XlorD Daniel Spenst XMG std.png XMG
uaUkraine zZicon small.png DIMAGA Dmytro Filipchuk Roccatlogo std.png Team ROCCAT
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png Polt Choi Seong Hoon CMStormlogo std.png CM Storm

Formerly Personally Sponsored Players[edit]

ID Name Sponsors New Team
usUSA pPicon small.png Minigun Chad Richard Jones Planetside 2 Rootlogo std.png ROOT Gaming
caCanada pPicon small.png MaximusBlack Jeffrey Johnston Ozone Gaming
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png SeleCT Ryoo Kyung Hyun Ownaj Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
krSouth Korea zZicon small.png Golden Jo Myeong Hwan Claritygaminglogo std.png Clarity Gaming
Ownaj
Ailogo std.png Alien Invasion
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png GuMiho Koh Byung Jae InvasioneSportlogo std.png Invasion eSport Mvplogo std.png MVP
cnChina pPicon small.png DreAm Zhu Shijie AnSwer Gaming
cnChina zZicon small.png TooDming Huang Huiming AnSwer Gaming Longchen std.png Long Chen
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png BoxeR Lim Yo Hwan Razer SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS
deGermany zZicon small.png Mondragon Christoph Semke Razer Teamacerlogo std.png Team Acer
twTaiwan pPicon small.png Pikachu Linda Liao Pei Ling Razer
seSweden tTicon small.png Jinro Jonathan Walsh Razer Liquid2017logo std.png Team Liquid
usUSA pPicon small.png Tyler Tyler Wasieleski Stride Gum Liquid2017logo std.png Team Liquid
fiFinland pPicon small.png elfi Samuli Sihvonen Asusroglogo std.pngASUS ROG
SteelSeries
SETT.fi
Encelogo std.png Ence eSports
usUSA zZicon small.png daisuki Peter Yoo Nitrix Energy
auAustralia zZicon small.png PiG Jared Krensel Tt Dragonslogo std.pngTt eSports Exile5 std.png Team Exile5
ptPortugal zZicon small.png sYz Diogo Barbosa Ozone Gaming K1cklogo std.png k1ck eSports Club
usUSA tTicon small.png theognis Michael McClelland WideToZoom ZZZZZLogo filler std.png Retired
seSweden pPicon small.png NaNiwa Johan Lucchesi Mionixlogo std.pngMionix Alliancelogo std.png Alliance
usUSA tTicon small.png Illusion Chris Lee Razer Rootlogo std.png ROOT Gaming
zaSouth Africa pPicon small.png PandaTank Robert Botha CMStormlogo std.pngCM Storm ZZZZZLogo filler std.png Retired
esSpain zZicon small.png AlaStOr Enrique Macias CMStormlogo std.pngCM Storm Team Spectre std.png Team Spectre
usUSA pPicon small.png State Ryan Visbeck Game Front Primelogo std.png Prime
usUSA zZicon small.png IdrA Greg Fields Tt Dragonslogo std.pngTt eSports ZZZZZLogo filler std.png Retired
uaUkraine zZicon small.png HappyZerg Sviatoslav Vlasiuk Esfxtv std.png ESFXtv
krSouth Korea tTicon small.png Polt Choi Seong Hoon CMStormlogo std.pngCM Storm
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