Meet the Pros

Pro Gamer Kurt Benkert

Kurt Benkert

Currently, Kurt is in year 5 in the NFL; his second with the Green Bay Packers and 3 prior years with the Atlanta Falcons. He went to ECU for Finance undergrad and UVA for Athletic Administration in Grad School. Off the field,  he has been gaming his entire life.  Kurt's passion for esports has turned into sponsorships, partnerships, consulting work, and a spot on a professional gaming team as well. Kurt couldn't be more thrilled to work with Stride Esports to establish our coaching program. 

Where Kurt Has Competed

  • Fortnite Pro-Am 2019 (top 20)

  • Rise Nation $50k 2020 Warzone Tourney (1st place)

  • Twitch Rivals $75k (2021) Warzone Tourney (top 60)

  • Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl 2020-2022 I, II, & III ($1mil tourneys) (3rd, 8th, 10th)

  • Fortnite Trio Cash Cup Qualifier 2020

  • Boom TV Tournaments 2019-2020

  • EFuse Tournaments 2020

  • Halo Infinite Pro-A

  • 2021Twitch Rivals Super Games 2021 (5th place- $55k split)

  • GameBattles & CMG Tournaments (2010-2012/// 2019/2021 

  • Back-to-Back NFLPA Open Winner (2019/2020 #1 Fortnite Player in the NFL)

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Connor "Connoreo" Simeone

Question / Answer

  • When did you start competing pro? Early 2018.​

  • What game did you begin with? The first game I can really remember grinding was MW2, but I never tried to compete, I just played for fun.

  • What was your first Fortnite tournament? Summer Skirmish Week 5.

  • Give one piece of advice to an upcoming new player? Don't have an ego, focus on improving and taking advice from others around you.

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Tyler "Highsky" Tereso

Question / Answer

  • I started competing in Fortnite in season 4 after seeing poach on twitch and the summer skirmishes

  • I started playing every title you can think of but the main game I started competing in was overwatch the day it released

  • My first Fortnite tournament was Twitchcon 2018 Lan sadly didn’t go my way but it was an amazing experience and a start to something great.

  • I was signed to sentinels on September 15th, 2019, and was a great time all the way to 2022 January first when we split ways

  • My biggest advice for up-and-coming players is to not throw all ur things into one plate. Don’t just play all day produce content and work your brand up not just your skills. Also don’t give up took Me and plenty of people I know YEARS AND YEARS of gaming till we made it, this stuff doesn’t happen overnight.

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