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The E Blacks are New Zealand’s national esport team that represent New Zealand on the international stage.

The first New Zealand Esports team was sent to the IESF World Champs in Jakarta in October 2016. The E Blacks trip saw 8 young kiwis representing their country in Esports at the World Champs.

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JMK King

Joshua “JMKKing” King is New Zealand’s sole eFootball representative, having triumphed in a nationally-televised final earlier this year. After stumbling into esports following years of casual play in FIFA, in 2020 King found himself in an online qualifier to determine New Zealand representation at the upcoming FIFAe Nations Cup where he narrowly lost an intense final against one of the best players in the world.

That kickstarted King’s esports drive, and he leapt headfirst into competitive FIFA — eventually joining Australian team the Dire Wolves en route to becoming Oceania eClub World Cup champion as well as claiming the NZ Football trophy as the country’s champion and first ever FIFAe representative. Pivoting to eFootball ahead of the Commonwealth Games qualifier, King is now eager to put in his all and perform to the best of his ability to pursue another international title.

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Patrick ‘WarTurtle’ Gleeson

Our E Blacks squad is incredibly privileged to be coached by former competitive Rainbow Six: Siege player and coach Patrick “WarTurtle” Gleeson, whose pedigree of international success hopefully setting the scene for a strong run by our teams at the Commonwealth Games.

During his time as a coach, Gleeson helped Australian team the Chiefs Esports Club to numerous Oceanic titles — including four consecutive championships as well as multiple international appearances.

According to Gleeson, it “honestly means a lot to represent New Zealand at such a prestigious event and it means all those years of working, studying, and practicing continues to pay off. I hope that this is just the beginning for esports in New Zealand and as it continues to get national recognition and more funding it continues to allow more opportunities for the up-and-coming Kiwi gamers.”