Toronto Defiant signs Chris “Spazzo” Infante as an assistant coach

Goals will include identifying the strengths of players.


Toronto Defiant

Chris Infante is now an assistant coach with the Toronto Defiant. The team plays in the Overwatch League.

Infante’s name in ESports is “Spazzo”. Infante’s resume includes a stop with the Fusion University team. Infante was also a head coach with Talon Esports. His squad took first place in this past spring’s Overwatch Contenders 2020 Season 1: Pacific. He has been coaching since 2017.

According to a tweet from the team, Infante’s title is Assistant Coach, Strategy & Spacing. Defiant fans can expect him to have a say in scouting. Other duties include coming up with a strategy for helping the team win more. He will do that by identifying the strengths of players.

Infante will help head coach David “Lilbow” Moschetto and assistant coach Alban “Albless” de la Grange.

The Toronto Defiant is a cellar-dwelling team in the Overwatch League. Currently ranked 15th in the league’s overall standings, the team is at least doing better than the 17th-place Vancouver Titans. In early June, Defiant general manager Jaesun Won announced that he was resigning from his post with the team and retiring from ESports in general.

The team plays the Washington Justice on July 18 at 5 p.m.

About the team

When the Toronto Defiant launched in 2018, Chris Overholt, President and CEO, OverActive Media Group Inc., said “We have a clear vision to build a world-class professional ESports company in Toronto that will excite and inspire a new generation of fans in our market, across Canada, and around the globe.”

According to a 2018 press release, the OverActive picked the name Defiant “to represent the strength, character, and resiliency of Toronto”.

The team’s branding work was done in partnership with the Overwatch League and Toronto-based Diamond Marketing.

“What’s unique about ESports is that there are teams from all over the world, not just North America,” said Josh Diamond, partner at Diamond. “We really wanted to ensure we were representing Toronto on the world stage, while being authentic to the avid gamer. Recently, our city has gained tremendous notoriety for being exporters of culture, and just as gamers continue to defy odds, so too does Toronto. And it’s those aspects of our collective identities that we wanted to celebrate in our brand.”

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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