Epic Games has made a new hire from EA Games to help develop the European esports scene for Fortnite.
Rob Hodson, who has spent the last six years with EA, will be Epic’s Esports Manager for Europe.
While EA doesn’t have a sterling reputation, many talented and successful people do work in their offices. Whether Hodson fits that bill remains to be seen.
Hodson worked on the FIFA team. He spent four years as a Core Community Manager and for the last two in the FIFA Competitive Gaming Department in Player Development.
As Community Manager, Hodson had the unenviable task of being EA’s voice to their community, something the company has struggled with in the past.
A Reddit post in /r/FIFA from a year ago does not show community support for Hodson but anger at EA as a whole may be being targeted at their community manager, a role he was no longer in by the time of the Reddit post.
He will head to Epic Games, a company with a much better community reputation, but one that still needs work developing the competitive scene, especially across the pond.
While Fortnite boasts many talented players from Europe, top players like Ettnix and Svennoss hail from Sweden and Netherlands respectively, many of the most popular players come from the US.
Hires like this indicate that Epic is making EU competition a point of focus moving forward.