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2019
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EE CROWNS THE FIRST-EVER CHAMPION OF THE EE MOBILE SERIES – THE UK’S FIRST MOBILE GAMING TOURNAMENT

Summary
  • The EE Mobile Series, the pioneering mobile gaming tournament from the UK’s biggest 4G network, culminated in a stunning eight-player live final at the BT Sport studio in London on Sunday 20th January 2019
  • Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron wins the ultimate prize in gaming, becoming a member of one of the world’s biggest and most successful esports teams, Fnatic
  • Eight competitors took on challengers within the Clash Royale universe at the live final, playing over the superfast EE 4G network on the all new OnePlus 6T, the exclusive handset partner of the inaugural tournament

Monday 21st January 2019: EE, has announced the first-ever winner of The EE Mobile Series – the pioneering mobile gaming tournament that saw avid gamers compete for the ultimate prize in gaming - to become a member of one of the world’s biggest and most successful esports teams, Fnatic.

Aspiring professional gamer, Scotland’s Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron, clinched the highly coveted spot on team Fnatic with a 3-1 victory against Jules ‘Bigbadjulsy’ Swanson in a thrilling Grand Final at the BT Sport Studios, broadcast live over Twitch and YouTube to over 31,000 esports enthusiasts.

ThunderStruck, crowned the first-ever Champion of The EE Mobile Series on Sunday, joins the talented Fnatic Clash Royale Academy roster, where he will receive a full-time competitive salary, world-class training and their own gaming set-up, to ensure they have all the tools needed to significantly improve their game, by training with the best in the world.

Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron, The EE Mobile Series Champion:The EE Mobile Series has been an unbelievable journey. I’m delighted to become the first-ever Series Champion, winning the opportunity to represent Fnatic - it feels unreal knowing I’ll be able to play for the Fnatic fans.”

Renowned as a leader and innovator of the global professional esports industry, Fnatic continues to lead the way and are widely recognised as instrumental in shaping this new world sport into the rapidly-growing phenomenon that it is today. Since 2004, Fnatic has competed in every major esports gaming title and platform, establishing itself as one of the most successful Western teams in history.

For the inaugural tournament, EE challenged aspiring pro gamers to lead their Royale Family to victory in the popular universe of Clash Royale - the real-time, head-to-head battle selected as the official mobile game for The EE Mobile Series.

The latest phone from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6T, featured throughout the mobile gaming tournament, including the live final itself, where each skilled finalist was also given the handset. The state-of-the-art device, designed with the mobile gamer in mind, which features a bespoke Gaming Mode, is available now on EE’s award-winning network from EE stores, over the phone and from ee.co.uk/OnePlus.

Pete Jeavons, Director of Brand Marketing at EE: “The response from our customers and esports enthusiasts has been amazing and justified EE’s entrance into mobile gaming with

The EE Mobile Series. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our partners OnePlus and esports pioneer, Fnatic, who helped us create the ultimate mobile gaming competition - changing the life of our first-ever Champion, Thunderstruck. Who says you can’t use your smartphone and our superfast 4G network to win a spot on one of the world’s best esports teams?”

Wouter Sleijffers, CEO, Fnatic:The EE Mobile Series has been a fantastic chapter in the Fnatic story. Fnatic famously has a long history of building up legendary players and we truly believe that we have found yet another promising prodigy in ThunderStruck, who emerged the winner out of a large and highly competitive pool of players that participated in the series. We look forward to welcoming ThunderStruck into the Fnatic family and help him take on an exciting role as part of our academy.”

Carl Pei, Co-founder of OnePlus, said: “Congratulations to ThunderStruck for a hard-fought victory in The EE Mobile Series. eSports is a hugely competitive field, and on top of talent and practice, the right equipment can give you an edge. We optimised the OnePlus 6T to deliver an incredible gaming experience – fast and responsive, combined with superfast EE 4G, giving every bit of speed you need.”

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For more information on The EE Mobile Series, please contact the PR team at

M&C Saatchi Public Relations: EE@mcsaatchi.com

About EE

EE, part of BT Group, is the largest and most advanced mobile communications company in the UK, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers.

EE runs the UK's biggest and fastest mobile network, having pioneered the UK's first superfast 4G mobile service in October 2012 and was the first European operator to surpass 14 million 4G customers in December 2015. EE has more than 550 shops across the UK. EE's 4G coverage extends to more than 86% of the UK’s landmass (equal to more than 99% of the UK population) and EE has an ambition to extend 4G to 95% UK geographic coverage by 2020

EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being ranked the UK's best overall network by RootMetrics®; Best Network at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Mobile News Awards; Best Consumer Network at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Mobile Industry Awards; as well as Fastest Network and Best Network Coverage at the 2017 uSwitch Mobile Awards.

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About Fnatic

Fnatic is a leading, global esports organization with professional teams and unrivalled legacy in some of the most popular competitive games, including League of Legends.

Since being founded 2004 by Sam Mathews, Fnatic teams have claimed multiple international championships including the inaugural League of Legends World Championship, seven EU LCS Championships and three separate CS:GO Majors, the only team to have accomplished that. 2015, Fnatic launched its popular esports equipment line of gaming peripherals, Fnatic Gear, now used by gamers and pros worldwide. In addition, the organization broke new ground the first ever esports concept retail store, BUNKR.