Get an exclusive look in the esports industry while learning firsthand pros’ secrets to balancing training, staffing and staying healthy on the path towards a successful competitive career. While mechanical skills are important to every gamer, striking a balance between esports and day-to-day life is another crucial element for setting yourself up for success.

Travel deep behind the screen and obtain critical insights and tips from the world's best professional esports players, including pro player Gade and performance coach Christian Engell from North Esports and SK Gaming Jenax and Benjamin Kügel as they also teach you core essentials on staying overcoming obstacles in the ultra-competitive world of esports. Discover the daily routines of these veterans as they unveil how they established their careers, and continue to maintain physical and mental health with some of the world’s most renowned trainers.

In this Masterclass, you will learn how to stay on top of your game while ensuring a well-balanced lifestyle, straight from some of esports’ top professional teams.


Host: James Banks
Talent: Nicklas ”gade” Gade and Tim “TheStrxnger” Katnawatos.
Performance: Christian Engell and Yann-Benjamin Kugel

James Banks 


The masterclass will be hosted by renowned James Banks who has been in the scene for a long time, and recently took the final step up as a top tier talent. James has amongst other things been hosting the latest BLAST tournament.

Nicklas ”gade” Gade


Nicklas ”gade” Gade broke through at North Academy in 2017. His talent was quickly evident, and in February 2018 he was loaned out to OpTic in order to gain experience at the highest level. In September 2018 he returned to North.

Christian Engell


In 2020, North added Christian Engell as Performance Manager. Having worked with some of the most successful Danish athletes and clubs such as Kasper Schmeichel, William Kvist & Brøndby IF he was scouted to build a performance optimization setup. Engell was recently appointed Head of People and Culture in Scandinavia’s biggest football club, F.C. Copenhagen.

Tim “TheStrxnger” Katnawatos


Tim “TheStrxnger” Katnawatos is a FIFA21 player for SK Gaming. He is one of the top FIFA players in the Virtuel Bundesliga and beyond. In 2019 he was ranked top 32 in the world.

Yann-Benjamin Kugel


Yann-Benjamin Kugel, former Head Athletic Coach of „Die Mannschaft“ and current Athletic Coach of PSV Eindhoven, is not only getting football professionals in shape.  At SK Gaming, Yann-Benjamin and his team are taking care of all players beside the gaming practice. He defines workout routines; meal plans and preventive measures for each individual player to boost their career to the next level.

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