Category: Personalities

Popular Liverpool Player Virgil van Dijk Unites With Tundra Esports As Ambassador And Shareholder

Dexerto: “Liverpool football star Virgil van Dijk has been unveiled as the new ambassador and shareholder of London-based esports organization Tundra Esports.”

“Van Dijk, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, has been passionate about video games from a young age. According to Tundra, he is an “avid fan and player” of games like FIFA, Fortnite and Sim Racing titles, which makes him “a natural fit” for the organization.”

“I am extremely excited to be joining Tundra Esports,” Van Dijk said in a statement. “Tundra Esports is one of the fastest-growing esports organizations in the world and they are moving in a very exciting direction.”

“Created in 2019, Tundra Esports currently field teams in FIFA, Dota 2 and Fortnite. Their Dota 2 squad, which notably won ESL One Fall 2021, pocketing $175,000, will compete at PGL Arlington Major this month.”

Finalists For The 2022 Esports Streamer Of The Year Award

Dot Esports: “The nominees for each award have been revealed, including contenders for Streamer of the Year. It’s the most prestigious award Twitch and YouTube streamers can win.”

Here’s all 12 streamers who have a chance at taking home the prize:

  • Alexandre “Gaules” Borb
  • Asmongold
  • David “TheGrefg” Martínez 
  • DrDisrespect
  • Ibai “Ibai” Llanos
  • Kammeto
  • Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff
  • QTCinderella
  • Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter
  • Tarik “tarik” Celik
  • Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar
  • Tyler “loltyler1” Steinkamp

Soccer Star Mesut Özil Looks To Go Pro In Fortnite Esports

Dexerto: “According to Mesut’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, the 33-year-old could ditch his football boots for a keyboard and mouse once his contract expires in a few years’ time.”

“He will go more into esports, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete,” Sogut told The Telegraph. “He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing,” said Özil’s agent. “He owns a team, M10 Esports, and he has players. He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like Fifa, and Fortnite.”

“Özil isn’t the only footballer to get involved with esports either. In 2020, David Beckham was announced as the co-owner of British esports organization Guild Esports. Similarly, Manchester City star Kun Agüero is the founder and CEO of KRÜ Esports, an organization that competes in Valorant and FIFA.”

Are Esports Gamers Athletes? Shaq Thinks So

SVG: When Shaq was asked whether he considers professional gamers to be athletes, he responded, “I do. And I wanna commend you guys and I’m proud of you guys.” The basketball icon continued, saying, “Athlete means different things, but athlete means here,” pointing to his head. Shaq went on to say that only 15% of being an athlete is physical, with everything else being mental.

“Shaq continued on stating that esports and sports being primarily a mental task leads to esports players retiring at an early age. Shaq pointed out that the shelf life of an esports Athlete is in the 3 to 5-year range, and compared that to the NBA and NFL. This is true, considering some esports players have retired twice by the age of 26. All of this for Shaq to conclude by saying ‘So yes, you guys are athletes. If you guys say you’re athletes I believe you because I can’t do what you do.'”

Usain Bolt Now A Co-Owner Of WYLDE

Forbes: “WYLDE, a young esports organization founded just two years ago, has today announced it has a new co-owner: global sports star and world’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt.”

“Based in Dublin, Ireland, WYLDE is the brainchild of former JP Morgan investment banker Steve Daly and David Cronin, a founding shareholder of Irish technology company QUMAS.”

“However, WYLDE–which stands for “What You Love Doing Esports”–proudly promotes its “deep roots in the Caribbean,” while its teams and players come from countries including France, Germany, the U.K., The Netherlands, Slovenia, and Spain. Right now, WYLDE teams compete in Rainbow Six SiegeVALORANTRocket League, and FIFA.”

Video of Usain Bolt Introduced by WYLDE

Snoop Dogg Joins FaZe Clan’s Board of Directors

Music Business Worldwide: “Los Angeles-based esports media platform FaZe Clan reveals that rap icon, entertainment executive Snoop Dogg will become a member of its talent network and will also join the firm’s Board of Directors.”

“Just some of Faze Clan’s investors from the music business include Troy Carter, Guy Oseary, and Pitbull.”

“As a talent member, Snoop Dogg will represent FaZe Clan with the official name “FaZe Snoop” and will co-create content, participate in key business initiatives, and launch merchandise with the brand while appearing across FaZe Clan’s platform.”

“Beyond becoming a talent member of FaZe Clan, Snoop Dogg will also launch a community outreach program centered around charitable activities that support youth.”

F1 Esports graduate Cem Bolukbasi Will Take Part in 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship

Formula 1: “After starting his career in the F1 Esports Series and spending the last few years in sports car and single-seater championships, Turkish racer Bolukbasi will now step up to F2. In doing so, he becomes the first racer from his nation, and from the world of sim racing, to make the step up to the series.”

“If I was never in F1 Esports, I would never have had the chance to get into a real car – I would not be where I am now,” Bolukbasi said. “I think it’s also very important to be the first gamer to do this, because it can give people hope. If people see that one person can do it, they will believe they can do it as well… If I can go from F1 Esports to FIA Formula 2, I think anyone can.”

“Bolukbasi will return to the F2 cockpit when testing gets under way in Bahrain from March 2-4, with the season commencing two weeks later at the same venue.”

Canadian Pro Gamer Mathew Fiorante a part of Cheating Scandal; Suspended From Halo Esports

Regina Leader Post: “The scandal has sent shockwaves through the world of esports, made headlines at major gaming websites and has put Regina in the spotlight of the controversy.”

“A Regina man who is considered one of the best players in the world at the video game Halo has been suspended from competition after an internal investigation deemed he cheated — whether intentionally or not — in recent online tournaments.”

“Mathew Fiorante, 25, is a two-time world champion at Microsoft’s first-person shooter video game Halo and is signed with the Los Angeles esports organization Sentinels. Fiorante, who goes by the gaming handle Royal 2, has amassed more than $500,000 in tournament winnings over the course of his career. He was recently voted the fifth best Halo player of all time out of 25 competitors, and is the only Canadian who competes in Halo esports.”

“According to the HCS, an investigation determined internet settings had been manipulated during a tournament which gave Fiorante an unfair advantage. That violated the official HCS Handbook rules for code of conduct governing cheating, and specifically the sections regarding hacking and network abuse.”

“As a result of the investigation, Fiorante has been banned from competition until Jan. 28, 2022.”

NFL Player Kenny Vaccaro Focusing on Esports

ESPN: “NFL safety Kenny Vaccaro has decided to shift his focus from playing professional football to pursue his dream of launching an esports organization.”

“Despite receiving offers from multiple NFL teams, including championship contenders, Vaccaro is forgoing the chance at a Super Bowl victory to instead compete for a Halo World Championship through his organization Gamers First.”

“Technically I am still a free agent,” Vaccaro told ESPN. “But this is where my mind has been the past six months. I’m happy where I’m at, doing what I’m doing. I just really felt like this was something deep down inside that I wanted to do.”

“Vaccaro said he plans to manage G1 in a similar manner to NFL franchises. Based in Austin, Texas, the company has already started the process of building its roster. G1 has signed eight players, four Destiny creators and four Halo professionals, along with one coach. The full roster will be announced Dec. 8.”

“I’ve been a gamer for even longer than I’ve played football, and I’ve always thought of myself as a gamer first,” Vaccaro said. “And while football has been how many have defined me, G1 is evidence for other athletes as well that life doesn’t end just because you put down the helmet. You can reinvent yourself.”

Bronny James Joins Esports Team FaZe Clan

CBS: “LeBron James‘ oldest son is joining the professional ranks of the Esports world. On Sunday, Esports and gaming franchise FaZe Clan announced that Bronny James, who is just 15 years old, is joining their roster under the tag ‘FaZe Bronny.'”

“James is also a highly-touted high school basketball recruit who is currently playing for Sierra Canyon High School in Los Angeles. He is one of the top prospects in the 2023 recruiting class in addition to being very involved in the video game scene.”

“Bronny James certainly isn’t the first high-profile athlete to be involved with FaZe Clan. Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster joined in 2018 while Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons joined as an investor, ambassador and content creator just last week.”