Professional team computer sports is a relatively new trend. Today, there are already domestic professional teams and those who have established themselves at world-class gaming competitions, occupying leading places. One of the leading representatives in the field of Russian eSports is the professional team Team Empire, represented by several squads in different disciplines. Formed in 2004, today it includes two leading rosters – Dota 2 and Rainbow Six: Siege.
Meaning and History
The development of cybernetics and computer games contributed to forming a team direction in eSports. This led to the formation of club teams, whose members gathered and united into “clans” based on modern club equipment due to the price unavailability of good computer equipment.
July 25, 2001, is a significant date in the history of sports development in cyberspace. For five years on the territory of Russia, there was a decree signed on that day on the recognition of esports as an official form. Russia was the first in the world to do it. And even though with its entry into force, no privileges were added to either the organizers or the players, it had a huge impact on the accelerated development of this discipline.
On this “wave,” an annual tournament, “ASUS Open,” the largest in the CIS, began to be held. Thanks to its holding, experienced players got an impressive motivation to continue, and young ones – as an opportunity to show themselves. The participants of these tournaments formed the backbone of the professional Russian team Team Empire, which first announced itself in 2004.
At the end of 2016, the organization announced a completely new roster, which was formed from both newcomers and players of the old school. During this period – until 2017, fundamental changes occur among the organization’s founders. Members of the constituent council of KSK “Spartak” also appear in their composition. As of April 19, 2017, the team was fully staffed in CS.
By this time, the main Team Empire logo had already been fully approved, which today can be seen at all in-game championships where the team participates, on its portal and in social networks.
The emblem is a shield in the background, in front of which is depicted a rider on a horse, frozen in a jump over a surmountable barrier made of a ribbon encircling the shield with the inscription of the first word of the team name – Team. The rider is dressed in the costume of a Roman legionary with a round shield and a short Roman sword in a combat position before striking a side blow to the enemy. The qualitatively rendered dynamics provide visual perception of the composition, demonstrating both figures’ tension and readiness to perform an action. Purposeful movement of the front part of the horse’s body with the head bent over to increase the range and power of the jump, frozen at the most critical moment at high speed, which transfers the direction of movement of the mane to the rear of the body. Tense position of the rider’s body, assembled like a spring, to enhance the impact effect, almost merging with the horse’s body, to reduce air resistance. The evolving cloak also contributes to the required visual perception of the composition, which accurately conveys the cyberteam’s spirit and goals, their self-expression, and a request for readiness not only to reflect but also to make a victorious attack.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The logo is made in a spectacular combination of bright red with a soft shade of light brown and enhances perception’s contrast with white and black colors. The latter favorably emphasizes each color, focusing on the elements highlighted in red. The edging of the shield is divided into red and black strictly in half. The inside of the shield is filled with black. The rider and his armor, weapons, and horse are in a light brown shade, while the plume, fluttering cloak, the horse’s reins, and its mane are in red. Shape outlines and shadows are highlighted in black.
The name is written in white capital letters. The first word of the title is shown on the red ribbon, and the second – under the ribbon on a black background in letters larger than the font size selected for the first word. Composition – fonts, ribbon, substrate are made in an arched shape, the ends of the bend are directed to the bottom. The lower conical part of the shield protrudes under them.
High-quality workmanship ensures full compliance with the requirements of modern digital technologies, forming the necessary impact on the viewer, high clarity of perception, and memorability of the logo.