FunPlus Phoenix has announced that Petar “peca” Markovic will be the organization’s new general manager for two key first-person shooters.
The position will require peca to build FPX’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, as well as manage the current Valorant roster. This is a move that FunPlus Phoenix hopes will “open a successful chapter” in both esports titles.
Please give a warm welcome to Petar Markovic @pecagg , who has joined as our new General Manager of Valorant and CSGO divisions. Petar will be focusing on building a winning team in CSGO and managing our Valorant team, to help FPX open a successful chapter in both games.#FPX pic.twitter.com/snXVZ3Kcnb
— FunPlus PhoeniX (@FPX_Esports) September 25, 2020
According to an interview with HLTV, peca is hoping to build a stable and successful CSGO roster that will quickly climb up the world rankings. Despite his lofty goals, the Serbian GM only has until November since FPX will be competing in Flashpoint’s next season.
Earlier this year, FunPlus Phoenix attempted to sign Heroic’s CSGO squad. The deal almost went through until Patrick “es3tag” hensen signed with Astralis instead. Since then, FPX hasn’t had much to say about its CSGO roster. Hiring peca seems to be their attempt at building the CSGO team once again. This time, they are going all in.
“I’m now calling all of the tier-one players: If you are stuck with a wrong team or wrong organization and you think that you deserve a better home or better teammates, feel free to reach out to me via email or Twitter at any time,” peca told HLTV.
In the interview, peca also said the Chinese organization is open to discussion and even more open to “paying for quality.”
When it comes to Valorant, FunPlus Phoenix has already established itself with the current roster. They took second place at the BLAST Twitch Invitational at the beginning of September. peca will be making sure the team continues to excel as Riot further picks up the Ignition Series.
peca was CR4ZY’s general manager before signing with FPX. This was during Nemanja “nexa” Isakovic and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovac’s time with CR4ZY’s CSGO team. At the time, they nearly broke into the top 10 world rankings.