If you’ve been following our website news for some time then you’ll know that we had representation in the Celtic eSports League last year. We were in as ‘founder members’ along with the likes of Dundalk, Hibernian and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This time round the competition has expanded to include 32 of Europe’s top teams. Follow the Twitter account.
With lots of new ideas and initiatives, one thing has remained the same for The New Saints – we will be represented again by Elis Chapman. Ahead of the new season we caught up with Elis.
TNS: For the benefit of those who are not familiar with you, tell us a little about yourself.
Elis: I’m 17 and an avid FIFA player and I’ve played other games at a competitive level and I’ve attended a local LAN event in one of those games. I aim to compete across different platforms and events on FIFA and hope to attend some more offline tournaments in future such as the ones in Cardiff.
TNS: How did you get into the world of esports?
Elis: I’ve been involved in esports since the age of 12, following numerous games and trying my hand at a few. I’ve taken an eye to a variety of games from Call of Duty to League of Legends and Counter Strike. Counter Strike and League of Legends are absolutely huge esports and the prize pools and high level competition they boast attracts insane amounts of viewers.
TNS: How did the opportunity to represent the champions of Wales come about?
Elis: I’ve followed The New Saints for a while across social media and have seen their range of achievements and colourful history – such as breaking Ajax’s record and when The New Saints amassed a whopping 77 points as their best ever total. I received an offer and it was a no brainer, especially being Welsh.
TNS: Did you know much about Welsh football prior to coming on board?
Elis: I know about the 12 team league with some slight knowledge due to having family who previously lived in Bala. I personally also know of Cardiff Metropolitan University as I live near Cardiff. I also understand there’s a Women’s league and multiple development leagues underneath the Welsh Premier League. I always keep an eye out for TNS results too!
TNS: A lot of people, especially of a certain generation, won’t have a clue about football gaming. What is it all about?
Elis: It’s effectively top level FIFA, you’ve got some of the best players in the world who do this for a living. It’s a 1-on-1 game-mode where you control 11 of your own players.
TNS: That sounds great. It’s good that you’re representing The New Saints, how can fans of the club get behind you?
Elis: Supporting this article would be immense and keeping up to date with us on social media.
TNS: Not long now till the new season kicks off. Nervous?
Elis: Yes, very!
TNS: Elis, thanks for your time and we wish you all the very best.
Elis: No worries, cheers!