SEMPHIS shines light on expanded financial backing

Nouns are putting their money where their mouth is.

In his exit interview at IEM Dallas, with, Nouns coach Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen shed some light on how things are moving behind the scenes in the organization.

We started working with some people that help with the mental side of the game, so hopefully, that will help us progress in the future because we're kind of revamping things.

The “revamp” SEMPHIS is alluding to is off the back of the passed Proposal 263, which reached over 300 votes
with many involved in the community expressing their thoughts on funding the CS:GO and DOTA 2 rosters through 2023. Per Nouns website, each squad will be funded for “a minimum of ten months”.

The proposal totals 795,000 USDC and includes funding for roster and coach salary, incentives, bootcamp funding, and the expanded support staff, the latter two of which were touched on by SEMPHIS in the interview.

Post-Dallas, Nouns is expecting to experience their first European bootcamp, which will also hopefully include entry to a CCT event while in Europe.

We're going to go to a CCT event and I don't know if we're going to Serbia, I'm not exactly sure if that's confirmed, but then we'll be doing a bootcamp then playing that event. So hopefully we can take the mistakes here, bootcamp a little bit there, Implement, and see how it goes.

In the Nouns proposal, bootcamps are described as “an essential need for top esports rosters”, something that should breed optimism for the growth of the lineup. Lastly, and perhaps the most important note touched on, the mental side of the game. Although not specified, SEMPHIS stated the team is working with “some people that help with the mental side” of CS, an aspect that North America struggles with top-to-bottom.

The proposal offers insight into the specifics, stating they are providing “industry-standard support staff for these rosters”, which includes two player managers and a professional wellness and support staff.

Time will tell how the lineup develops, but one thing is for certain, the DAO-funded organization is putting a level of support unseen in North America beyond the legacy brands.

Watch the full interview below:

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#1(With 0 replies)
June 1, 2023 01:56PM
I'm glad to see that Nouns as an organization seem to be taking this at least somewhat seriously.
#2(With 0 replies)
June 1, 2023 07:11PM
Nouns is such an interesting project - an NFT social club with a $40k entry fee, but hey, I'm not complaining for more resources in NACS!
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