I’ve been involved in Irish gaming events and community initiatives since early 2012. Since then I’ve had one overall rule “If it benefits the community, then I’ll support it” and with that mindset, I’ve done my best to put my passion and personal skill set into helping Esports and Gaming in Ireland grow and reach its maximum potential.
My love of community has seen me organising events such as meetups and Viewing Parties for the Irish community. This lead to joining the G-series events organisation team as a community developer from 2014-2016.
My love for competitive gaming led to run an amateur gaming organisation Sentinel Gaming where I bring players together from all ranks and not only give them a banner to play under for competitive events but to meet others with the same goals and interests while doing so.
The reason I am running Irish Collegiate Esports is that I want to create something for the benefit of all Irish Gamers, not just League of Legends players. I want to do for teenagers and college students what the Irish Community did for me, I want help people make new friends, I want them to play games and I want people to enjoy themselves and develop life long friendships and skills while doing so.
Head of Esports
I’m David Whyms, also known as Whymsy! I began shoutcasting collegiate League of Legends in 2015, and since then I have worked for ICE and other collegiate-level organisations in numerous roles! With ICE for the upcoming season,
I will be running each of the competitions and dealing with the players. I’m looking forward to a fun season of college esports over the next year!
I initially got involved with Irish Esports in 2013 when I was finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Trinity College Dublin. The enthusiasm and openness of the community blew me away. My love for video games grew alongside this amazing community and sparked a desire to pursue a career in esports.
I am fortunate enough to work as a shoutcaster and working with multiple different companies in countries throughout Europe. This has given me insight into how esports works not only at a national level, but on a grander scale as well.
Irish Collegiate Esports gives me the opportunity to take what I have learned and give back to a community that has been so encouraging and supportive of me. Thanks to collegiate initiatives, I have now found a career in a life-long passion. I want to ensure that other students get the chance to experience just how amazing being involved in collegiate esports can be and hopefully be a part of their success stories as well.
Bryan Mc Namara
I’ve always been a gamer. Since I got my hands on my first console, the NES in the early 90’s I’ve found a great sense of fun, achievement, and friendships through gaming. This evolved and grew with the advent of MMOs. In my mid-teens, I would frequent a LAN gaming center with my friends and we got hooked on EVE Online, a space based real time MMO with complex economics and politics. It was here that I began to grow my leadership, planning and strategic skills. Through years of playing, I found myself helping to lead an alliance of 3000+ players. This involved a huge amount of social interaction, planning, coaching, strategising and combat command. It was awesome!
As former Riot games, senior esport and community lead for Ireland and The UK. I was also a product owner for various initiatives that the team was responsible for, as well as owning and managing the relationship between Riot Games and third-party operators such as ESL, Dreamhack and Multiplay.
My passion for gaming has never decreased, only evolved to my joining the game’s industry. I believe in building strong international communities and esport ecosystems all across Europe and I’m really excited to be part of the Irish Collegiate Esports team!