Helsinki – November 5th 2016 – Helsinki based ice hockey club IFK Helsinki is proud to announce its eSports project. The Club has launched a team that competes in Overwatch, a Blizzard Entertainment game published in spring of 2016. The team will compete under the name Helsinki REDS and uses the tag #hREDS on social media.

Helsinki REDS goal is to become one of the leading and most popular brands in eSports and to provide teams players a caring environment to enable them to achieve their goals in eSports.

Helsinki REDS first competitive team was assembled by team manager Christer Kasurinen and team captain Roope “Ruape” Kurkela. During the past few months they gathered a tight group of players committed to work hard and grow together as a team that is competitive at high level matches and tournaments.

Helsinki REDS first competitive roster into Overwatch is composed of top tier talent from Finland and has started its heavy training program in October.

Helsinki REDS team

Roope “Ruape” Kurkela (Captain)
Eemeli “Woomera” Ikonen
Miika “BBR” Tekoniemi
Toni “Effix” Hurme
Jani “Exceed” Kosonen
Ville “prettyWise” Mikkonen

“Building the team with a relatively fast pace was a challenge, but with the lead of our team captain Roope Kurkela, we were able to obtain four of the core players relatively fast. We took our time with the last member and found our team’s youngest player Toni “Effix” Hurme, who is certainly going to turn some heads in the coming months. The “Original Six” is everything we could expect from a top tier team and I am really looking forward to our cooperation for the upcoming future”, says Christer Kasurinen, team manager of Helsinki REDS.


Helsinki REDS is operated by a limited company based in Finland and owned by Oy HIFK-Hockey Ab, which also operates the professional ice hockey club IFK Helsinki. (

One of the biggest and most traditional sports brands in Finland, IFK Helsinki is the first in the country to venture into eSports. The Club was founded in 1897 and has played top tier ice hockey in Finland for almost 60 years. IFK Helsinki has won seven national championships, the latest one coming in 2011 and the club is one of the most popular in Finland.