Damian ‘daps’ Steele, a Canadian cyber athlete competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. He takes on the responsibility as their entry fragger for NRG Esports. Having played CS: GO since 2012, he has acquired the gaming experience from teams such as Team Liquid, Conquest, Optic and now is currently the shot caller for his unit.
Outside gaming, Damian likes to work out at the gym as well as play sports like hockey and tennis. He loves to travel with his teammates to the countries where the esports events will take place, giving him the opportunity to see the historical sights and culture.
Where it all began:
Damian’s parents used to buy him video games, in fact his first console was the Nintendo 64. His favourite games at the time were Super Smash Bros and Legend of Zelda. It was through his uncle that he started playing FPS games like Half-life and Doom 3 on his personal computer.
Damian first encountered Counter-Strike Source, when he was about 15-years-old playing surf maps, scouts and knives. He decided to take gaming more seriously while studying at University. When CS: GO came out, he just could not miss out on the trending game, playing casually with his friends. His big debut was when daps joined esports team, Dynamo Gaming back in December 2012, competing in Counter-Strike Global Offensive on the international stage.
NRG Esports is an American gaming company that was founded in November 2015 by Gerard Kelly as well as NBA Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov. The esports association supports different squads that compete in CS: GO, Overwatch, Smite, Hearthstone, For Honor, Rocket League and VainGlory. All the talented NRG players work towards one goal to continue competing and win esports tournaments to build the ideal team for years to come.
NRG Esports created their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive unit in January 2016, signing on the former Method roster in time for the Americas Last Chance Qualifier – Colombus 2016. The CS squad consists of pro players like Daps as team captain, FugLy, Brehze, Nahte and CeRq, who will continue the NRG esports legacy taking their gaming skills to new heights.
Daps and his current team, NRG have recently participated in the qualifying matches of IEM Oakland, DH Denver 2017, Eleague CS: GO Premier 2017 and ESL One New York. Some of the Major tournaments that the CS squad have attended include DreamHack Atlanta, DH Valencia, Americas Minor Championship 2017 – Krakow, Esports Championship Series Season 3, Subaru Invitational 2017 and the Copenhagen Games 2017 among many tournaments.
Steele’s highest earnings was while competing for Optic Gaming at the premier match, ESL Pro League Season 3 – Finals. The CS squad lost to Luminosity but despite the loss they ranked in fifth place, claiming a prize of $36K.
Daps’ second great accomplishment was at Eleague Road to Vegas back in January 2016. Optic took the championship title beating Lounge Gaming with a record 2-0, taking home a surprising reward of $35K.