Voyages-sncf.com launches their first e-sport team called Team Loco whose members are all employees of Voyages-sncf.com and SNCF. Presently there are 17 members, both semi-professional and amateur who are playing in FIFA, Overwatch and the League of Legends.
Voyages-sncf.com and e-sport were made for each other. Leaders of e-commerce and e-tourism, it is not surprising we would be interested in the world of video games – all the more so since we have inherited a real passion for sport from our parent company. The SNCF Group has supported and invested in major sporting events in France (UEFA last year, Rugby World Cup in 2015, etc.) for a number of years and has also sponsored athletes, many of whom have made their mark at the last years Rio Games. On top of this e-sport has undergone an explosion in recent years. In 2016 in France alone 400,000 sports video gamers took part in competitions with up to 4.5 million spectators. It is key that Voyages-sncf.com is amongst those spectators, who are not only our future customers, but also our future employees.
So today Voyages-sncf.com is launching their own e-sport team – Team Loco. It has no comparable competition as the team is made up exclusively of employees of Voyages-sncf.com and SNCF itself. It was decided to use the in-house expertise to end up with the best team of e-athletes – capitalising on their natural gamming skill. To help the team grow Voyages-sncf.com supplied team shirts in the company colours, provided coaching, paid the entrance fees for the various competitions and the transport. Most impressively a dedicated training area – the Gaming Room – has been installed in the Paris offices.
This initiative highlights the policy of the company to develop and support their professional staff and partners, notably avec le programme I Feel Good.
The Team Loco consists of 17 members, working for Voyages-sncf.com and SNCF and are from all over France (Paris, Lille, Nantes, Toulon) as well as from Brussels. The players are also diverse in their areas of work – from SEO’s, engineers, IT development, ScrumMaster, test pilot, sales people, train drivers, etc. Some have already had competition practice and some have yet to participate but all are enthusiastic and ready to WIN.
For now Team Loco is competing in FIFA, League of Legends and Overwatch and is looking for other opportunities to take titles!
About voyages-sncf.com: Voyages-sncf.com is a subsidiary of the French National Railway Company SNCF and an expert in railway travel to Europe and French destinations. It is a key player in the European tourism industry employing up to 1,000 people across its European business. In 2015, the group sold 78 million tickets with annual sales revenue of €4.32 billion, across more than 30 countries. Voyages-sncf.com comprises 15 websites in 8 languages, mobile sites and apps and an integrated call centre service.
About SNCF: About SNCF: Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €32.3 billion in 2016, with 33% of revenue from markets outside France. A public sector group dedicated to public service, SNCF builds on its foundations in rail to offer a broad range of services, delivering seamless door-to-door mobility for transport and logistics operators, passengers and the regional and local governments that are its organising authorities. www.sncf.com.