Memphis Grizzlies Co-Owner Takes Interest In Immortals Organization
NBA team owners have started to take a little more interest in the eSports world. A few days ago Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Team Dignitas and Apex, and just before that the Golden State Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, purchased controlling interest in Team Liquid.
In a move sort of like those teams there was another co-owner that threw some money at an eSports organization. This time, it’s the Memphis Grizzlies co-owner and vice chairman, Stephen Kaplan, who took an increasing stake in the Immortals organization, which was reported by ESPN. Kaplan will also be joining Immortals’ board. For those of you that don’t know the Immortals house League of Legends, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams, as well as a Super Smash Bros. player.
Immortals CEO, Noah Whinston, when speaking to ESPN said, “We’re grateful for Steve’s continued support of the Immortals organization, and look forward to working with him on scaling up the esports industry.”
It is pretty clear that the eSports world is going to just get bigger. With big-money fat cats throwing money into the eSports leagues behind the scenes it should be pretty clear to the rest of the world that “you’ll need to get into this” as it continues to gain legitimacy in the business world.
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