Heather “sapphiRe” Garozzo is a veteran of the esports industry. Garozzo is considered one of the most successful FPS observers (or in-game directors) for CS:GO and VALORANT, among other FPS titles. She has been billed on the broadcast line-up for some of the game’s most prestigious events, including the CS:GO Majors at ESL One Cologne, MLG Columbus, PGL Krakow, and ELEAGUE Boston, alongside an Emmy-award winning production crew. Garozzo has worked alongside top tier tournament organizers including ESL, ESEA, ELEAGUE, MLG, Beyond the Summit, PGL, BLAST Pro Series, DreamHack, and more. During her career as a professional Counter-Strike player, Garozzo competed in over 250 tournaments since 2001; notably winning the ESWC Women’s World Cup in 2012 with team Ubinited, while also playing for such reputable organizations as Evil Geniuses and Dignitas. In 2019, Garozzo was inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame, the first and so far only female to do so. As the Vice President of Community and Events at Raidiant and Dignitas, Garozzo is responsible for creating and executing marketing, media, and content engagement strategies. Garozzo earned her M.B.A in marketing and digital marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her B.A. in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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