Former Oceanic Pro League caster and Order head coach Jake “Spawn” Tiberi has departed the organisation he had a heavy hand in founding, the Melbourne esports club officially confirmed on Oct. 13.
Order released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, after Tiberi handed in his resignation. In the release, the organisation said, “It is with heavy hearts that today we are announcing the resignation of our own Jake “Spawn” Tiberi, co-founder of Order.”
“As a founder of Order, Jake has been instrumental in building the Order brand, creating the passionate and supportive community of fans that have followed us since our establishment in 2017, and in forming the amazing base that has led to the success of the org.”
Tiberi’s resignation from the Melbourne esports club comes after the shock closure of the OPL, which the 29-year-old has been intrinsically linked with in the past few years.
The OPL figurehead has also been the voice of Oceanic esports in the League of Legends community for many years. He has regularly appeared as both a commentator and analyst at the World Championship in the past few years, representing the OPL.
“With Riot Games withdrawing from the OPL, I thought it was the correct time to evaluate my decisions for the future,” the departing co-founder told Snowball Esports ahead of the official Order announcement on Oct. 13.
“Order has been my home for three years… I helped build it with an amazing team, had some terrific results, however it was important for me to explore what international offers are out there for me and my family.
“Jenna and I are expecting our second child in two weeks, so it’s been a crazy time, but I am confident this is the right move.”
As well as the opportunity to test the waters outside of the Melbourne organisation, Tiberi also told Snowball the closure of the OPL “played a major role” in his decision.
“I was there on the first OPL, and I hope I was not there on the last!” he said.
“The OPL is a beautiful league, with a rich history and amazing talent, casters and players. I can only hope that what emerges is bigger and better than ever, and if it does I would love to be a part of it!”
As Snowball understands, Tiberi is now in the market for new League of Legends opportunities both domestically and abroad. According to sources close to the now-former Order head coach, he is eyeing a potential move to the LCS ecosystem.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, however, and Tiberi says he is still very eager to see what the future holds for him in the world of esports moving forward.
“I need a week to get through Worlds and talk to my family,” he said, and revealed “there are offers to consider.” He added one in particular was “really exciting [him] for the future.”
“I think it’s safe to say Spawn will continue to be a part of League of Legends Esports.”
Order has not yet confirmed whether they will remain in the League of Legends scene moving into 2021. The fact there is no professional or semi-pro competition will play a role in that, Snowball understands, and the organisation is on standby in that regard.