XSET co-founder Marco Mereu founds the new eSports organization M80

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Marco Mereu, co-founder of gaming and lifestyle brand XSET, has launched his own esports organization called M80.

As of now, M80 has assembled a VALORANT roster called the Bomb Squad and signed several professional players planning to enter the Challengers League next year.

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Mereu left XSET in August 2022, although he officially confirmed the news two months later in November. Although he did not reveal the exact reasons that led to his departure, Mereu spoke positively about his time with the organization in a later statement.

Players M80 have signed so far include former NRG player Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic, ec Version1 player Alexander “Zander” Dituri and former Ghost Gaming players Mohamed “johnqt” Amine Ouarid, Gianfranco “koalanoob” Potesio and Marc-Andre ‘NiSMO’ Tayar. The team is coached by Gunter, the former analyst at Ghost Gaming.

Additionally, the organization’s slogan “All roads lead to Ascension” refers to the new tournament being organized by Riot Games. The Challengers Ascension Circuit acts as a regional qualifier for each of the three international leagues: EMEA, Americas and Pacific. The teams that pass the Ascension Qualifier then compete against each other as part of a two-year promotion to the International League.

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The entrepreneur has years of experience in the gaming and esports industry. For example, as of 2019, Mereu served as the SVP of Content Distribution for Super League Gaming, an esports community and content platform. He was also the founder and CEO of Framerate, a cross-platform esports network before it was acquired by Super League Gaming.

Radina Koutsafti

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Radina has been a freelance journalist for Esports Insider since 2021. When she’s not playing Apex Legends, she enjoys writing about tech, equality, and education in esports.