Management Roster

Martin Phan, known by most as just MaRN, is a veteran in the gaming community with more than 17 years of experience. Competing in his first tournament all the way back in 2000, MaRN would go on to sign with the eSports organization Evil Geniuses in 2009 as the first member of their Fighting Game Division. He would eventually leave Evil Geniuses in 2011 and continue to compete without any representation. With the release of Street Fighter V last year, MaRN would go on to compete in five tournaments, placing within the Top 5 at three of the events. His most notable moment from the 2016 season occurred when he went on a miracle run at NorCal Regionals and won what was considered by most as the “Pool of Death”.

Emily Spears

Emily is our social media manager and stream team manager. She graduated from the University of Florida for telecommunications in media and society. If you have any questions please email her at

David Goldman

DeeJay is our Editor-in-Chief and head writer. Formally a writer for OpTic Intel, he officially joined Rise Nation in early 2016 covering the start of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season. If you have any questions, please contact him at

Kevin Zocchi

Kevin "Raw" Zocchi joined Rise Nation in late 2014 as our Lead Designer; Creative Director. If you have any questions, please contact him at

Jesse Lo Conte

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