Leo de Biase
Leo de Biase, co-founder of esports promotion company Bad Boy Leeroy (BBL), has announced that he is leaving the company’s operations and retiring from day-to-day strategic decisions.
The announcement was made by Biase himself in a LinkedIn post. According to the statement, Biase is going away for a sabbatical.
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Biase is one of the pioneers of esports in Brazil, having nurtured the local Counter-Strike competitive scene in its early days. He has worked for companies such as NVIDIA and ESL in Brazil, where he was the tournament organizer’s general manager for four years.
In 2018 he co-founded BBL with producer Nando Cohen and attorney Thomas Felsberg. In a short period of time, BBL has become one of the leading esports promotion and production companies in Brazil and one of the key gateways for professionals to the local esports market.
He is also one of the main voices arguing against the regulations for sport in Brazil proposed by the Electronic Sports Federation of Brazil (CBDEL), after joining the public debate to prevent the law from being passed by the country’s Senate becomes.
As a legacy, Biase is leaving the Pacaembu Stadium esports arena project, which currently hosts a São Paulo Prefecture-sponsored esports tournament, the e-Copa SP, and will host the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final in December.
Biase’s full statement reads: “Today I announce the end of my cycle at BBL, a company that I have helped found and have brought me great pride and joy over the past 4 years.
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“This decision stems from my desire to take a sabbatical, some much-needed rest, and the need, beginning in 2023, to prepare for the next 20 years of adventure and continued dedication to gaming, esports and technology, sectors that fascinate me as much now as I did when I started over two decades ago. I am leaving BBL in the capable hands of a great team and leaders who will no doubt take very good care of the business we have created together.
“I’ve met great people, amazing companies, made good friends and fought hard to help grow this market that is second to none. Gaming has left the niche and joined the mainstream. Nothing has made me happier than experiencing all of this, and nothing excites me more than the direction we are taking in this gamer culture phenomenon that we are living through.
“I am using this break to recharge my batteries and will be back soon to continue my contribution to the bright future of our industry. See you soon, cheers!”
Despite leaving the day-to-day operations of the company, Biase remains one of the owners of BBL.
Victor Frascarelli, journalist
Victor Frascarelli is a Brazilian esports business journalist focused on the Latin American market. Victor, who was previously with The Esports Observer for two years, enjoys everything competitive, from League of Legends to soccer to chess to CS:GO.