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Former execs from Minute Media, Spotify and SRI have joined forces to launch Reset, a specialist group that tackles business challenges in gaming and esports. The collective will provide consulting and agency services to rights holders, brands, and investors across the industry.

Responsible for operating teams such as London Spitfire, and having helped dozens of non-endemic brands activate in esports, Reset aims to provide C-Suite in a box solutions to help scaling gaming companies, brands, publishers, platforms and more.

Reset, the specialised agency group focused on the gaming industry, launched. Reset’s unique offering focuses on helping gaming companies turn their investments into stable businesses, provide organisational design and interim operational support, and helps brands activate in gaming with accurate data and measurable results. The Reset team already has a proven track record for its services having supported clients such as Samsung, Kia, BT and Duracell, esports teams London Spitfire and Ellevens, and tournament operators including BLAST and FACEIT in the last year.

Reset was Co-Founded by four executives from the worlds of gaming, sport, media & entertainment: Duncan McMonagle, who has spent two decades working with global brands and rights-holders across sports and gaming, most notably as CRO at Minute Media, where he launched the companies esports platform DBLTAP. He is joined by Ben Brown, veteran of Accenture, Universal Music and Spotify; as well as Chris Jordan and Charlie Stebbings, who together co-founded the leading esports executive search practice at SRI.

Reset has already made key hires starting with Mike Murphy O’Reilly, former Head of Gaming & Esports at Minute Media who joins as Reset’s new Commercial Director. Murphy O’ Reilly brings with him years of experience working on brand partnerships with clients including Kia, H&M, Warner-Bros, Activision-Blizzard and many others.

Taking their extensive gaming and esports credentials enhanced by broader sports and entertainment experience, it is the combination of Reset’s services that makes them a unique solution for companies looking to grow in the gaming industry.

Esports and gaming is flush with companies that are well funded but yet to find the right model to become a commercial success. Reset aims to turn investment into successful businesses by creating structures for growth including business model development, revenue strategy, investor market entry, and more.

For brands, Reset provides strategy, partner identification and creative services to cut through the noise. Leveraging years of experience helping brands activate in gaming with rights holders and content creators, the team believes traditional agencies have struggled to keep up with the pace of change, and understand opportunities in the industry to properly service clients and engage fans. Reset aims to steer clients away from narratives that set false expectations and instead offer transparency, education and proven execution.

Finally, Reset offers Leadership Advisory services to the entire industry, helping companies develop a long term ‘fit for purpose’ structure for their business, taking commercial and operational execution to the next level. The team will offer services such as interim leadership, organisational design and operational support, that will see the team step in to fill the gaps whilst providing advice around permanent needs to help companies grow.

“At Reset, we are fiercely pragmatic and dedicated to results, not just theory,” said Co-Founder & Director, Charlie Stebbings. “Whether you need strategy for new ventures or commercial growth in an existing business, we can support you with interim leadership, partnerships, capital investment management, creative concept development, marketing intelligence and much more.”

“Our vision is to elevate gaming as a commercial property and develop a sustainable ecosystem. One where fans are prioritised, endemic players have sustainable business models, advertisers reach and engage the right audiences, and investors can deploy capital with confidence,” added Duncan McMonagle.

For the past 9 Months Reset has been managing all operations for the Overwatch League Team, London Spitfire. David Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital said:

“Having worked with individual members of Reset in their previous roles across the industry, it’s exciting to see this group come together to service the sector. Over the past year with limitations on travel, they have provided an amazing turn key service for both operational and commercial support on the ground in the UK. They know the industry and key stakeholders meaning they have been able to pick up and run with everything from London Spitfire watch parties & co-streams, to merchandise logistics and go to market sales collateral. They’ve assisted us launching training academies and liaised with University programs working up and down the chain from grassroots to elite level working directly with publishers. We have had no hesitation referring Reset on to work with other groups in the industry and look forward to continuing our relationship in 2021.”