In one of the biggest roster switches in FIFA esports this year, Harry “Harry” Hesketh has left Hashtag United to join Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt at Fnatic.
With this move, the UK-based gaming organisation now field two of the world’s biggest FIFA talents alongside their successful teams in CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
Harry made his professional debut at the FIFA 17 UTC Series S1 Europe Finals, where he finished in ninth-12th place. Throughout the years, the 25-year-old British pro has consistently placed amongst top 10 in FIFA esports tournaments and also managed a ninth-16th finish at the 2020 FIFA eClub World Cup with his now-former teammate Alex “Shawrey” Shaw.
The move to Fnatic marks the end of Harry’s four-and-a-half-year stint with Hashtag United, where he was the longest-serving active player.
“I love the club [Hashtag United] and I always will no matter what. Whether it’s the virtual pitch or the real one I’ll still support with the same passion I’ve had,” said Harry.
“I’ve spent almost my entire adulthood here, I literally came a boy and left a man (ish). I can’t pretend I’ve been the easiest player to have by any stretch, I came with a lifestyle and personality that FIFA hadn’t seen but it was what made us special, we have our ups and downs but we got through it as a family.”
Shortly after the announcement, Hashtag United came out with an official statement in which they thanked Harry for his contribution to the organisation and acknowledged they were losing one of the best FIFA players in the world.
In the same post, Hashtag United also unveiled that the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial strain it brought that led to them let Harry go, as their budget could not accommodate the player’s contract demands.
Harry will now play alongside Tekkz, who is widely regarded as one of the best FIFA players in the title’s history. The 18-year-old Brit has nine high-profile career tournament wins under his belt, including ePremier League 2019, FUT 20 Champions Cup Stage 1, two monthly FUT Champions Cup 2019 tournaments and the 2019 FIFA eClub World Cup, which he won alongside Nicolas “nicolas99fc” Villalba while playing at KiNG eSports.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many FIFA tournaments that should have been played this year have ended up either cancelled or postponed indefinitely. While that means it might take a while longer before we see Harry and Tekkz on the pitch together, we can be sure that Fnatic now own another esports roster that can win titles aplenty.