The story of superstar protoss Johan "Naniwa" Lucchesi has once again reached another chapter, as the Swede has come to an agreement with Swedish computer peripherals brand Mionix.
The Swede has stayed with a fair share of teams up until now despite his brilliance on the playing field. From spring 2010 until spring 2012 the Swede resided with an impressive 7 different teams before landing at Quantic for a 7 month period, a partnership which ended abruptly when Naniwa asked to be released from his contract immediately just over a week ago.
Lucchesi now has found his way into the category more and more players are getting themselves into: personal sponsorship. Albeit only for a short bit as of now. However, where some players were able to get themselves affiliated with some of the biggest sponsors that are part of the scene, Naniwa has to 'settle' for the relatively unknown Mionix. For those who are unaware of who Mionix is or what they do, it's a peripherals producer, much like Razer or Steelseries, focussing on gaming mice, keyboards and surfaces.
Shortly after seeing Naniwa leave the Quantic organization Mionix felt it was their time to step into e-Sports prominence, and how better to do it than to personally sponsor arguably the best Foreign player?
Peter Nygren, CEO at Mionix, explained the move in his statement
When we heard that Johan had left his previous team and was interested in participating at IEM we felt it was the natural step for us to offer him that possibility, as a part of our approach in to E-sports and to keep on building brand awareness within the scene. We are proud to work together with Johan and are confident that this partnership will lead to great things ahead.
Naniwa himself added:
I'm excited to have Mionix as my main sponsor and partner for IEM. It will be a great opportunity for me to meet all the European and International fans and show great games in the tournament. I've always known that Mionix has great products and this partnership will definitely help me in this tournament but also in my future career
Although by the looks of things the sponsorship will only last for IEM there is always the possibility both sides will agree to an extension afterwards, but by the looks of the Swede's past teams list that chance seems very slim. Stay tuned to Cadred to find out all the latest StarCraft 2 scene news!