Tommy Østgaard headlines HEROIC’s Northern European ESL R1 roster

Crystal Scuor
Newcomer to the sim world, HEROIC hires four Northern European drivers to compete in 2023 ESL R1, including Tommy Østgaard.
Tommy Østgaard headlines HEROIC's Northern European ESL R1 roster

HEROIC may be new to sim racing, but the multi-game Norwegian esports organization features some of the top athletes across many gaming titles.

And now, they’ve just announced Tommy Østgaard as one of their drivers, alongside Oskar Biksrud, Mikkel Gade and Tuomas Tähtelä.

Østgaard, who won the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual GTE class with the Porsche Esports Team, recently tweeted about his departure from Porsche Coanda Esports (who will also be participating in ESL R1, by the way) and alluded to his “plans for 2023” with the cheeky eyeballs emoji, for added suspense.

Now, former teammate and Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup competitor Biksrud has followed suit.

Danish driver Gade, meanwhile, moves across from FYRA SimSport and Finn Tähtelä from KOVA. He’s expected to continue in PESC as it present.

“It’s exciting to see ESL and the big esports organisations coming into sim racing,” said Østgaard to Traxion.GG when asked about his latest endeavour.

“I’m so proud to be part of it representing HEROIC.”

HEROIC got its wings back in 2013, with its first athletes competing in national Counter-Strike tournaments. Ever since, the company out of Norway went through some big changes, including the most recent acquirement by Omaken Sports in 2021 to form Heroic Group.

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Though fresh to the sim scene, the team hopes to shine with the best drivers from within the Nordic region.

“Representing a Norwegian team in the pinnacle of sim-racing is really cool and I’m so excited to get racing. We have a great team and I’m sure we will deliver some great performances,” concluded Østgaard.

With a €500,000 prize pool, will Østgaard’s new squad be the heroes of the first-ever ESL R1 championship? The Rennsport-based series kicks off on 11th February 2023 with an inaugural in-person LAN event at the IEM Expo Katowice in Poland.


  • Tommy Østgaard
  • Oskar Biksrud
  • Mikkel Gade
  • Tuomas Tähtelä.
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