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Michal Noga, Founder & CEO of MADMONQ – Interview Series

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Michal Noga, the founder of MADMONQ, was spurred into action after hearing news about CS:GO pros routinely abusing prescription medications and decided to create an effective and natural product that would help gamers safely push their limits, perform better, and stay healthier in the long-term. He left well-paying jobs in the biggest pharma companies to launch MADMONQ and revolutionize mental performance in gaming.

You spent a large chunk of your youth playing video games. What were your favorite games, and what made them so special?

I’ve been a gamer since I was five and spent most of my youth playing Unreal Tournament, Warcraft 3, and Dota. Dota I even played semi-competitively during my high school and university years. My favorite games right now include Warcraft 3 and God of War. I love to play them as a way to relax and unwind when I sign off from work. Even though I can’t dedicate the same amount of time to playing as I used to, it still is my favorite way to spend my free time.

When did you first realize that you wanted to become an entrepreneur?

I like to say that I didn’t have a choice in becoming an entrepreneur. I’ve always had two main interests: a healthy lifestyle and gaming. Unfortunately, a healthy lifestyle seemed incompatible with the gaming lifestyle and this disconnect consumed me. I realized health has been a neglected topic in gaming and I wanted to make a difference in this area.

Before starting MADMONQ, hardcore gamers were seen as people who guzzled energy drinks, ate pizza at 3:00 am, and rarely worked out. When I went for my master’s, I studied innovation in healthcare because I felt this pull to focus my life’s work on health in some form. It wasn’t until I realized the amount of prescription drug abuse in the esports industry that I felt compelled to act in a big way. I realized I had a unique insight into the health trends in gaming due to my education and work background, and this made me qualified to change the direction of the industry in the area of health. I combined my unique experience in healthcare innovations, my commitment to health, and my love for gaming and stepped out to found MADMONQ.

Could you share the genesis story behind Madmonq?

I founded MADMONQ in 2017 after being spurred into action hearing the news about CS:GO pros routinely abusing prescription medications. I understood the appeal of developing a competitive edge especially with such large prize pools on the line but wanted to create an effective and natural product that would help gamers safely push their limits, perform better, and stay healthier in the long-term.

I left a career in one of the biggest pharma companies to launch MADMONQ and revolutionize mental performance in gaming. In my previous roles, I was responsible for finding and developing new products or finding effective ingredients that could be used in our portfolio. When the idea about a gaming supplement was born in my head, the excitement of my two favorite worlds finally clicking prevented me from sleeping for two days straight. I took my ideas, went to the experts, and together we tailored MADMONQ exactly for gamers’ needs. Of course, the product is important to us, but even more important is the fact we are creating a brand that inspires gamers to live a healthier lifestyle.

Why do you believe that gamers need brain boosters and supplements?

Gaming is a grueling and physically demanding activity and, like traditional athletes, gamers need fuel that supports endurance, mental clarity, and overall health. Playing computer games usually goes hand in hand with an unhealthy lifestyle because gamers play at night, eat unhealthy snacks, drink sugary sodas, and are largely sedentary. All these factors combined mean gamers are not giving their bodies the proper nutrients, resulting in poorer performance, unbalanced energy levels, and reduced mental clarity.

Supplements, when combined with healthier habits, can make the biggest difference in terms of overall health and performance. We not only wanted to give gamers access to the best product for energy and focus but wanted to make sure their brains stayed healthy in the long-term, too. MADMONQ is packed with tons of natural superfood ingredients to help their brains stay on point and don’t have any artificial colorants, artificial flavorings, or preservatives.

It’s necessary for gamers to optimize their bodies, diets, and routines. The brain is our super-weapon and it’s important to realize that it can only go as far as the body allows. That’s why at MADMONQ we are focused on providing much more than just supplements. We are also helping gamers develop habits, tools, and routines that will uplevel their performance.

The 14 ingredients consist of Spectra which is a blend of 29 fruits, vegetables, and plant extracts. What are some of the other key ingredients?

The key ingredients are adaptogens, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, organic caffeine, and many other natural extracts. It’s a unique combination of energy-boosting ingredients that also provide additional positive effects on the body.

Adaptogenic ingredients have been used for centuries by marksmen, pilots, and even Vikings to keep their cool in order to secure victory. The caffeine is extracted from organic coffee in a slow-release form, which when combined with an extract from green tea (L-Theanine) boosts the positive and suppresses the negative effects of caffeine consumption, like the notorious jitters or crash after downing an energy drink.  The amino acids help the body build various building blocks (neurotransmitters), which help to improve mood and increase overall motivation. Choline is also an included ingredient, which we can find in egg yolk, and is vital for the function of the brain, whole nervous system, and liver. But my favorite ingredient is the one you mentioned in the original question which is Spectra, and contains 29 strong antioxidant plants, herbs, and fruits which are all clean fuel for the body. We like to refer to it as a salad for gamers.

Could you share some of the feedback from gamers?

Thousands of gamers and streamers use our supplement and rely on MADMONQ as their secret weapon. Gamers are naturally skeptical of products that promise to support performance, but we’ve continuously won them over with a product that works. Many users decide to dump their coffee or energy drinks and opt for a daily dose of MADMONQ instead. Gamers are so passionate about the product that some have gone so far as to get tattoos of the MADMONQ logo on their bodies.  We love our MADMONQ community and they continue to inspire us every single day to create the best supplements and resources.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about Madmonq?

Our 2030 vision is to make sure every gamer on the planet gives health the same amount of importance they’d give to their hardware setup.  Even as gaming has gone more mainstream, the stigma that gamers are unhealthy still persists. We want to shape a different story that showcases gamers as the healthy, confident, and ambitious role models that they are by making health a fundamental part of gaming.

Thank you for the great interview, anyone who wishes to learn more should visit MADMONQ.

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