Team Faceless are funded by iceiceice's past winnings, stream income

by theScore Staff Oct 28 2016
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Singaporean squad Team Faceless is the first esports organization to have a team house in Singapore and it is funded by Daryl "iceiceice" Ko, according to The Straits Times' Lisabel Ting.

Team Faceless was conceived when iceiceice and Wong "NutZ" Jeng Yih decided to return home to Singapore to form a team in the growing Southeast Asian Dota 2 scene. iceiceice had previously been playing in China while NutZ has been with the MVP organization in Korea for the past two years.

According to the article, iceiceice is funding the team himself with his winnings from his time in China as well as his streaming income. The Straits Times details some of the team's finances, including rent for the team house as well as prize money distribution. Reportedly, iceiceice will use 10 to 15 percent of Team Faceless' winnings for operational costs, while the rest will be split evenly among all five players.

Outside of prize money however, the team does not have regular salaries. As Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier puts it, "If we don't win, we don't eat."

Team Faceless are independent, not backed by any esports organization but they were able to get proper gear for the team house from sponsorships. According to The Straits Times, Aftershock and Secretlab have provided the team with PC gear and chairs respectively.

Having a team house has served Team Faceless well so far, as they have just finished the first step on the road to The Boston Major with a perfect 8-0 record in the round robin stage of the Southeast Asian qualifier.

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The team's schedule is rigorous, with scrims run four times daily in addition to discussion of strategies and plays. With everyone together in the team house, Black^ said, "it is much easier to discuss, to watch replays, and to improve together."

Team Faceless have a long road ahead of them to The International 7, but iceiceice said he plans to keep funding the team for at least that long. He doesn't want much, just "to stay the best in the world. That's pretty much about it."

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.