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Julia Kramnik, wife of ppd and former Gambit Esports content creator

Julia Kramnik is a fairly well-known personality in the world of Russian cybersport. Its name may not mean anything to you, but you will recognize its appearance. For two years, Julia has been filming interviews with professional players and making other videos, making her famous among the general public. Julia Kramnik hasn’t spoken much about her life in public. So it’s hard to say how she grew up, whether she was fond of computer games as a child, and why she decided to connect her life with cybersports. We only know her as a former Gambit Esports employee who worked for the club for two years. And as the wife of one of the most famous cyber-athletes in the history of Dota 2 – Peter ppd Dager. In this article, you can learn more about Julia Kramnik and why the esports community remembers her.

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Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik first rose to prominence in the esports community in 2018 when she joined Gambit Esports as a content creator. His job was to do mini-interviews with players and shoot various videos with them: bootcamp reviews, entertaining games and tournament vlogs. Julia was mainly engaged in the Gambit Esports Dota 2 team, but she also worked with other teams in the organization from time to time.

It can be said that she was very lucky because during her time working at Gambit Esports, it happened to have one of the strongest teams at the club of all time. Therefore, Julia had a lot of content. Among others, she recorded interviews with Artyom fng Barshak and Nikita Daxak Kuzmin, who now have the status of star players. By the way, in 2019 Yulia first interviewed rising CIS star Danil gpK~Skutin, with whom the team later went to WePlay and became the champion of the tournament.

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

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Julia worked at Gambit Esports for two years: from 2018 to 2020. During that time, she released more than a dozen entertaining videos under the auspices of one of the biggest esports clubs in the CIS. Julia has become strongly associated with the Gambit tag, like Maria Marple Yermolina with Virtus.pro or Yana b2ru Khimchenko with Natus Vincere. The girl could not become as popular as Maria or Yana. She probably didn’t have enough time for that because, in the summer of 2020, Julia Kramnik left Gambit Esports.

According to the girl, she parted from the organization amicably and had no conflicts. It was simply uncomfortable for her to work in the Russian club because she moved to the United States with her boyfriend – the famous player and 2015 international champion Peter ppd Dager. After that, Julia never returned to Russian cybersport.

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

The story of Julia and Peter’s meeting has long been shrouded in mystery: many people did not understand how a Russian girl ended up with an American Dota 2 player. Finally, Julia revealed how it all happened. had passed to avoid rumours. Turns out she met Peter at a party after Major EPICENTER in 2019, and before that, the girl didn’t think the best of him.

I saw Peter in other tournaments, of course, but we never spoke to each other. For some reason, I got the impression that he was quite arrogant, and I didn’t want to contact him at all. That’s even if all the teams are close to each other during tournaments because you all eat at the same place.

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

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According to the girl, that night Peter decided to approach one of the Gambit Esports players who was a bit tipsy. The player [whose name Julia decided to keep secret] was dancing strangely, and Peter started repeating his moves. Julia found it so funny that she started sneakily filming it on her phone. She thought she could do it stealthily without anyone noticing since the room was dimly lit.

Ten minutes later Peter came and asked me if I had filmed them dancing. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life because I was sure neither my reader nor Peter had noticed that I had taken out my phone. It became the conversation starter and we spent the whole evening talking and dancing. Everything continued until he went to the hotel to pack because of an early departure. Before that, he asked for my number, and that’s how we started to keep in touch. And the next time we saw each other was at The International 2019.

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Shortly after the second meeting, Julia and Peter started dating. Their relationship turned out to be serious, because after a few months they started thinking about living together. The young people made plans for Sweden and wanted to move to this particular country because at that time Peter was playing in a local cybersports organization – Ninjas in Pyjamas. But then the coronavirus pandemic started and ruined all the plans. As a result, Peter decided to leave NiP. At the end of April, he returned home (to the United States) and wanted Julia to come and live with him.

I remember that at that time Russia had closed its borders, so it was impossible to enter or leave by plane. And in June, the borders were open initially if you have a work visa, a study visa, or for a reason such as the death of a loved one. We decided to take the risk. The decision to move to the United States was made ten days before my departure. I could have been turned away at the airport, but that didn’t stop me. So during those ten days, I packed my bags, rented my apartment, announced to Gambit Esports that I was leaving and moved. Miraculously, they let me out of the country. I told them that my departure was that I was going to see my boyfriend. In the end, everything went well and I relaxed. I’ve been living in the US since July 5, 2020. I can thank covid for this spontaneity to some extent!

Julia Kramnik

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Julia Kramnik

Julia Kramnik

Soon the couple had a dog, a golden retriever named Sunny. After some time, young people moved to Chicago. Six months later (in mid-December 2020), Peter and Yulia got married. The girl posted a photo with her sweetheart from the wedding and signed it as: “My best friend for life”.

Julia Kramnik and Peter ppd Dager

Julia Kramnik and Peter ppd Dager

Since then, the couple has lived happily together in Columbus (the capital of Ohio). And recently, Julia returned to cybersports, this time in America. She started working as a social media manager at Esports Engine, a company that manages and covers turnkey tournaments. By the way, Peter also works there as the Program Operations Manager.

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