The Snapdragon Pro Series Brawl Stars tournament was one of the highlights of DreamHack San Diego, featuring a massive stage, the world’s best teams, and a passionate audience. STMN Esports came out on top after an incredibly intense run, proving that they’re the team to beat going into Snapdragon Mobile Masters at DreamHack Japan next month.
WIN.gg spoke with STMN Esports’ Curtis “cutesans” Whitaker, a dynamic player known for his relentless aggression in-game. He talked about the growing mobile gaming esports scene and why it’s just as legit as PC games like Counter-Strike and League of Legends.
STMN Esports win Snapdragon Pro Series Brawl Stars at DreamHack San Diego
Fresh off his squad’s win, cutesans took some time to talk to us about the importance of events like DreamHack San Diego.
How do you feel about winning this big event?
cutesans: It’s a huge win for the team. We’re finally having some success after having a rough first few months. We’re excited and all happy to be here, and we’re having a great time.
You went through losers and then reset the match in the Finals. How was going through such a challenging run?
We felt very confident because all the sets were close and we thought we could close it out today.
What does it mean to be at a massive in-person event like DreamHack?
It’s great. You get to see everyone you’ve ever talked to, and there’s so many nice people.
It was a great showcase for Brawl Stars. Why do you think mobile esports deserve more attention?
Mobile gaming is amazing. It’s something everybody can pick up. It’s really fun. I really would recommend it.
You said on stage earlier that you’re the aggressive player on the team.
When I first started playing Brawl Stars, I didn’t like being boring and passive. I just like getting something done. Me and my teammates, I told them I’m gonna keep running it down so hold it down and we’ll figure it out.
How did you get so good at Brawl Stars?
I was a beta player and I just spent a ton of time just grinding and playing the game. I always learn something new.
Did you ever think it would get to this level for you?
Was that your goal?
I’ve always loved video games, especially mobile games.
Do you think that mobile games are just as legit of an esport as PC games?
I believe that mobile games are just as hard as PC games, console games. It all takes skill. It’s how you play.
How do you feel about going to DreamHack Japan?
I’m stoked for Japan. I’ve never been outside the country or anything. I’m excited to play with them in a new world.
You just defeated Tribe Gaming in the finals, but they’re also going to DreamHack Japan. Are you looking forward to continuing your rivalry with Tribe Gaming in Japan?
In Japan, we’ll be running at them too. We’re gonna take our time, learn our drafts, and come back even stronger in Japan.