The RAM That Powers Team Liquid
When Victor “Nazgul” Goossens founded Team Liquid in the year 2000, he didn’t know just how big it would one day become.
But fast-forward 23 years, and Team Liquid has grown into one of the most recognizable names in the esports and gaming space. Along with that recognition comes the responsibility of setting an example, which means constantly striving to be better.
With that in mind, one of Team Liquid’s most important partnerships is with Kingston Technology, the team’s exclusive supplier for SSDs and DRAM, two crucial components of any computer when it comes to speed and reliability. RAM controls all the data that flows through a computer, so faster RAM means faster… well, everything.
“Ever since Team Liquid was formed, our mission has been to constantly improve the esports space by setting the standard, and technology is obviously a huge part of how we achieve that,” Goossens said. “Our partnership with Kingston is super important when it comes to delivering the high-quality content and in-game performance that we’ve come to expect from ourselves.”
Kingston products can be found powering Team Liquid at every level, from pro players to production staff. The video production team, led by Anthony Palazzole, is responsible for some of the most unique video content in the industry. Sometimes, video projects can get ambitious, but thanks to Kingston products powering the team’s equipment, there’s no need to rein in that ambition due to technical limitations.
According to Palazzole, all of Team Liquid’s editing machines utilize Kingston products with 64GB of DRAM.
“Kingston RAM keeps our [Adobe] Premiere and After Effects projects running smoothly,” Palazzole said. “With lots of layers, video clips, and effects, these projects can be pretty taxing on most machines, but since we've loaded our computers with quality RAM, they are able to handle some intense tasks.”
One recent example where processing speed really made a difference is the music video for “Turn the Tide,” Team Liquid Valorant’s anthem for VCT Champions 2023.
“That video required a lot of 3D and compositing work,” Palazzole said. “We were able to do it all on our own computers, instead of having to send it out to a render farm. On top of that, putting it all together in the end into one project isn’t an easy task for any computer, but ours was cool as a cucumber.”
And the results speak for themselves. Team Liquid’s videos are routinely praised by community figures, and the high engagement numbers reflect the quality of the work. When it comes to pushing the esports industry forward via innovation, Kingston allows Liquid players and staff to constantly do what they do best as efficiently as possible.
From a competitive standpoint, Kingston also helps to make sure that the pro players never have to worry about anything but the game. Max “Maximum” Smith, leader of our highly successful World of Warcraft guild, credits Kingston’s “superior technology” with being one of the reasons why Liquid Guild is able to perform at their best year-round.
During the Race to World First (RWF), the biggest event in competitive World of Warcraft, our athletes all gather at Team Liquid’s world-class facility in Los Angeles. There, they compete over the course of around a week, a marathon of an esports competition that demands a lot from both competitors and their machines.
Team Liquid’s WoW guild was able to win the most recent RWF in May 2023 thanks to the Kingston products powering their PCs — specifically, the Beast and Renegade lines of DDR4 and DDR5 RGB memory. Something on the scale of RWF would be strenuous for any computer, since we’re talking 12 to 14 hours a day of in-game time over the span of a week, so the importance of RAM that can handle that can’t be overstated.
In the end, it’s simple: reliable technology boosts morale, which in turn boosts performance. Team Liquid is dedicated to never compromising on quality in everything we do, and thanks to Kingston, we never have to.