It’s not like Lando Norris has never played a video game before. The 22-year-old racing prodigy, who races in Formula 1 for McLaren, can often be found broadcasting video games to thousands of people on his Twitch channel, often with fellow drivers Charles Leclerc and George Russell.
Quadrant, an esports company, formed by Norris in late 2020, reflects the racecar driver’s “passion for Gaming, Lifestyle, Content, and Apparel.” This week, Quadrant joined the Rocket League Championship Series, joining other professional teams in Halo and Call of Duty. Kash, RelatingWave, and Eekso, three up-and-coming British players who started the 2022-23 RLCS season as “Goldbridge Ball,” make up the brand-new Quadrant Rocket League side.
We’re in Rocket League! Big work by the whole @Quadrant team, this is huge. LETSGOOOOO pic.twitter.com/dqq4werw1H
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) October 14, 2022
The first Quadrant tournament was something of an unknown. There is a lot of talent on the team, but they hadn’t had much time to gel as a unit before the season started. Therefore they’ve had mixed outcomes in prior competitions.
The Quadrant team, however, has already established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Rocket League professional circuit by winning the European Fall Open, the season’s first big European regional tournament.
Quadrant has the Rocket League community buzzing after eliminating the eventual champions of the RLCS for the season, Team BDS, in the quarterfinals of the tournament’s Swiss Stage. Five of the seven games of the series were decided by a single goal, making it one of the closest series ever.
WHAT AN UPSET. @Quadrant take down Team BDS in the #RLCS EU Fall Open Quarterfinals! 😱 pic.twitter.com/MfebiHa4WW
— Rocket League Esports (@RLEsports) October 15, 2022
Nearly four minutes into overtime, Quadrant scored a desperate but essential goal to upset Team BDS and advance to Championship Sunday. As Team BDS was undefeated in both the European and World Championships last season, Quadrant’s victory was one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. Time will tell if the world champions simply had a bad game or if the new team has legitimate title hopes.
You can catch Quadrant vs. Oxygen Esports in the European Fall Open semifinals on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 PM UTC on Twitch.tv/RocketLeague.