WEBWIRE – Thursday, March 9, 2023
Guild launches team into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive arena for the first time.
Experienced all-female CS:GO team to compete in ESL Impact Circuit.
Jasmine Skee, CEO Guild Esports, highlights commitment to providing high-level opportunities for women in the esports space.
Guild Esports, a global teams organisation and lifestyle brand, is pleased to announce the launch of an all-female team to compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), the leading team-based first-person shooter, representing Guilds first entry into the esport.
Launched in 2012, Counter-Strike has gained massive popularity as an esport, with professional teams and players competing in major tournaments around the world, with audience numbers continuing to climb. Guilds venture into CS:GO promises to usher in a wave of exhilarating content and talent opportunities, captivating a dynamic and passionate new audience and inspiring gamers worldwide.
The announcement comes on International Womens Day and demonstrates the organisations commitment to encouraging greater female participation in esports amid growing interest from brands, fans and players. Women in Gaming is a business priority for Guild in 2023 and the organisation is working closely with main partner Sky Broadband to deliver on this area as part of the partnership priorities.
Jasmine Skee, CEO of Guild Esports, commented: This International Womens Day, were delighted to launch a high-flying, all-female team to spearhead our entry into the CS:GO arena. With female participation rapidly growing in many other competitive sports such as football and rugby, we feel this is the right time for us to recruit top talent for CS:GO. It will enable Guild to grow its audience, reach new demographics and continue to provide high-level opportunities for women in the esports space. The team members have experience competing together at the highest levels of competitive CS:GO and will be further inspired by the success of VALORANT Guild X. Were looking forward to working with them and celebrating their competitive success.
This is Guilds second all-female team, complementing a similar roster for VALORANT launched in 2021. The VALORANT Guild X team has been a competitive success for the Company since launching, notably winning the VCT Game Changer EMEA Series 3 in October 2022.
The new CS:GO team will compete under the name Guild. The all-women team comprises Team Captain Kaia KiKi Holmen (NO), Marita Minnie Srensen (NO), Thea Pullox Evensen (NO), Linnea Nea Claesson (SE) and Anna Ann4 Laurinoviča (LV). The five players are an existing team and have extensive experience competing together. KiKi, Minnie and Pullox will continue to compete for Norways national CS:GO team in international tournaments.
Guilds CS:GO team captain KiKi added: We intend to compete at the highest levels of Counter-Strike and Guild is the perfect place to achieve this. With leading facilities, high-quality coaching staff and a state-of-the-art headquarters, Guild gives us the opportunity to learn and grow as a team in a supportive environment. Its not just the facilities and coaching Guilds long-term commitment to supporting women in esports reassures us that we will be a close cultural fit. Were excited to bring Guild into CS:GO for the first time and hope to make the whole company proud.
All five players have signed one-year contracts with the option of extending for an additional year. The team is currently in London at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre, Guilds state-of-the-art Shoreditch HQ, where they will compete in tournaments together. Over the next two weeks, the team will be fully immersed in the Guild culture while training, competing and enjoying all that London has to offer.
The team will kick off their Guild careers by competing in the ESL Impact Circuit (ESL Impact), a women-only CS:GO League with a combined annual prize pool of US$500,000 (414,000), run by esports organiser and production company ESL. The tournament was created to provide a competitive environment for the top womens CS:GO teams as part of ESLs #GGFORALL inclusion and female empowerment campaign. Guild will additionally compete in the ESEA Open, hosted by third-party matchmaker and anti-cheat software developer ESEA. The team is targeting promotion from ESEAs Open Division to the Intermediate Division by the end of the year. The teams first match in Guild colours will be on Thursday 9 March at 6:30pm (GMT).
The launch campaign around the new team kicked off with an exciting media day in London, in which Guild collaborated with renowned photographer Will Cornelius, known for his exceptional work with top brands such as Adidas, Nike, Pepsi and The FA, to create striking visuals that showcase the teams unique style and spirit.
ATA offers monthly membership as well as free podcasts and introductory Animal Training Fundamentals courses
Animal Training Academy
INVERNESS, Fla. – April 23, 2022 – PRLog — The Pet Professional Guild (https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/) (PPG) has announced a new corporate partnership with Animal Training Academy (https://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/) (ATA), an online learning platform hosted by founder Ryan Cartlidge and supported by some of the world’s most renowned animal behavior and training specialists.
Through its membership, ATA helps its students, from beginner through to advanced, achieve their animal training and behavior goals based on the application of best practice, ethical, positive reinforcement animal training, and behavior management.
ATA membership runs at just $39 a month and includes:
- The opportunity to connect with Ryan Cartlidge, special guests, and other ATA members twice a month via live, members-only web classes featuring a range of fun, educational videos, and learning opportunities.
- Over 120 live web class replays that cover all industries and species.
- Access to a private Facebook group to connect with the ATA community, watch members’ training videos, ask questions, receive updates and discuss different training topics.
- Access to ATA website forums featuring hundreds of animal training videos from ATA members, plus thousands of educational posts on problem-solving in challenging situations.
ATA also hosts a free Animal Training Fundamentals course (https://atamember.com/) which is aimed specifically at anyone who has ever wondered how to change the behavior of animals in their care, whether they work with captive animals in a zoo setting, dogs at a doggy daycare, or simply want to change their pet goldfish’s behavior. Animal Training Fundamentals guides students through how to train the behaviors they want, for any species, big or small, and have fun doing it, all using positive reinforcement training.
In addition, ATA broadcasts one of the worlds’ longest-running, positive reinforcement-focused podcasts. Over 170+ free episodes are currently available featuring top subject matter experts on animal training and behavior.
“Through the Animal Training Academy, I connect hundreds of animal behavior and training enthusiasts with a large (and growing) library of lessons and tutorials delivered by renowned animal experts,” said ATA founder Ryan Cartlidge. “Now, through our corporate partnership with PPG, I hope to boost our ability to improve the lives of animals and their human companions through ethical animal training and behavior management principles.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Animal Training Academy and to provide our members access to another exciting educational opportunity,” added PPG president, Niki Tudge. “One of PPG’s core missions has always been to provide top-quality education that aligns with its Guiding Principles (https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Key-Charter), and ATA is an ideal partner for us in this respect. We encourage our members to sign up for the free Animal Training Fundamentals course to get a taste of what full monthly ATA membership has to offer them as part of their educational journey.”
About the Pet Professional Guild
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) is a 501(c)6 international member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care. Its membership represents pet industry professionals who are committed to force-free training, pet care philosophies, practices and methods. Pet Professional Guild members understand force-free to mean that shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force, or compulsion-based methods are never employed in training or caring for a pet.
About Animal Training Academy
Animal Training Academy founder Ryan Cartlidge has been working as a professional animal trainer all over the world since 2007, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US. He has trained teams, developed animal training programs, been published in leading industry magazines, spoken at international conferences, and delivered university presentations on animal behavior. In 2015, he realized there was an opportunity to take what he was already doing and reach a much bigger audience, thereby helping more trainers and animals, and he founded Animal Training Academy that year. Animal Training Academy provides content for all levels of a student’s animal training journey, from beginner through to advanced, presented by Cartlidge and some of the most renowned animal behavior and training geeks in the world.
TVS Music Guild has established a YouTube Channel for its 2,000 song Capehart Music Treasury catalog. The songs have been produced by Capehart Music Treasury in the easy listening format and feature the top songs of the 20th Century.
Genres include Album Oriented Rock, Rock + Roll, Jazz, Blues, Country, Disco, Swing, Big Band, Pop songs. The songs can be heard on the Capehart Music Treasury channel on YouTube. They are also on the 48 channel TVS Radio Network.com service.
The songs are also now available on the Google Podcast Service.
Capehart Music Treasury songs are produced in the TVS Music Studios in Bakersfield, Reno, and Las Vegas. They are easy listening renditions of the top songs of the 20th Century.
The songs are available for digital distribution from iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, and Amazon as well as YouTube. They are available on CD in stores nationwide. Collectors LPs are available on a direct to consumer basis.
Capehart Music Treasury songs are utilized as soundtracks to TV shows such as TVS Senior Prom, TVS Boomin Reunion, and TVS Midnight Refrain. TVS Licensing.com handles all such licensing for movies, TV shows, commercials, and nontheatrical uses.
TVS Music Guild was established in 1987. TVS Television Network was established in 1960. TVS Radio Network was established in 1958.