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Mar 27, 2017

In 2014, Rise Nation broke onto the eSports scene after picking up an up and coming Call of Duty roster for the Call of Duty World Championship. Fast-forward to 2016 and Rise Nation would no longer be known as a one-eSport organization after venturing out into the world of Overwatch and Madden. Towards the end of last year, co-owner Kahreem Horsley told me that although Rise had a great 2016, he was not yet satisfied and that 2017 would be Rise Nation’s biggest year yet. Today, Rise took the first step to keeping that promise with their expansion into the Street Fighter V community with the acquisition of MaRN!

Martin Phan, known by most as just MaRN, is a veteran in the gaming community with more than 17 years of experience. Competing in his first tournament all the way back in 2000, MaRN would go on to sign with the eSports organization Evil Geniuses in 2009 as the first member of their Fighting Game Division. He would eventually leave Evil Geniuses in 2011 and continue to compete without any representation. With the release of Street Fighter V last year, MaRN would go on to compete in five tournaments, placing within the Top 5 at three of the events. His most notable moment from the 2016 season occurred when he went on a miracle run at NorCal Regionals and won what was considered by most as the “Pool of Death”.

When asked about his decision to join Rise Nation, MaRN replied by saying, “I am thrilled to be able to join Rise Nation as a Street Fighter V player. I’ve received many team and sponsor offers in the past year, though none felt like a good fit for me until Rise Nation came along. I have been reluctant to join a team as I have always done everything myself, but with all that’s going on in my life and the extreme growth in the SFV scene, there has never been a better time to get the support a strong organization can provide.” He continued by stating that, “With Kahreem, Rodger and the entire organization’s support, I can focus on my play and becoming the best player I can be. Look forward to a lot more MaRN this year and going forward!”

Co-owner of Rise Nation, Kahreem Horsley, had very similar thoughts when asked about the organization’s newest addition: “This one was a no brainer; as a fan of Street Fighter and fighting games in general, I’ve always wanted to be apart of the community. When the chance came along to work with him, both Rodger [Saffold] and myself jumped on the opportunity. We are very happy to have some have someone with his caliber of talent and connection with the fans to represent our organization.”

MaRN will be competing at the ELeague Street Fighter V Invitational in Atlanta from March 27th-30th for a chance to compete with 23 other players for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool. The Invitational will be streamed live on and live coverage of the ELeague will be broadcasted Friday nights on TBS starting in April.

Be sure to follow MaRN and Rise Nation on both Facebook & Twitter to stay up to date on everything Street Fighter V and ELeague!


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