Champions unite as Steph Curry of reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, invest 37 million dollars to esports organization Team SoloMid.
Two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors just literally dropped multiple dimes to the North American esports organization, Team SoloMid. The investment, which takes the form of a cool 37 million dollars, comes by way of Curry alongside a few others in an investment group eager to support the growth of the TSM as well as esports in general.
Curry’s Warriors teammate, Andre Iguodala, San Francisco 49ers hall of famer Steve Young and AME Cloud Ventures, a venture of Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, were all also part of the investment group that gave the sweet assist to TSM.
Team SoloMid is also no stranger championships, a trait they share with Curry and the Warriors. At the time of this writing TSM has won six of the overall ten splits of the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NALCS). TSM has also participated in every League of Legends World Championship since its inception in 2011.
Curry took to twitter to show his excitement and optimism with the organization, where he wrote the following :
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 24, 2018
This development has been the latest in the recent trend of traditional sports crossing the gap over to esports. Late last year, the Warrior’s close rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers also made a significant investment backing newly-minted esports team 100 Thieves. At almost the same time, the Houston Rockets, founded Clutch City Gaming, as their own esports organization within Houston. Also on the list are the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and even Curry’s own Golden State Warriors.
The action isn’t restricted to just the NBA however, as German soccer club FC Schalke has formed its own esports counterpart with Schalke 04 Esport way back in 2016. Similar football clubs such as West Ham United and VfL Wolfsburg have also began dipping their toes in various esports starting by recruiting players competent with EA’s FIFA videogame. Even the Major League Baseball team the New York Yankees is getting in on the act as it made an investment in Rick Fox’s Echo Fox esports team in 2017.
And of course, our very own ESPN 5 in the Philippines has been making big strides in this department with The Nationals tournament. The Nationals will be the first-ever franchise based esports league in the country similar to its traditional sports counterpart the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
The Nationals will feature various esports teams sponsored by the likes of PLDT-SMART, Cignal TV and STI Education Systems as they battle it out for gaming supremacy on live TV in front of the whole country.
The landmark tournament is set to start in 2019 but its qualifiers/scouting grounds, The Road to the Nationals are already underway. To learn more about the Nationals and R2N, click here
Esports is proving to be a booming industry and these recent developments have only made it more exciting to be a part of and witness. With such storied and proven institutions taking notice of the appeal of esports and videogames, this can only be a sign that the evolution has only just begun.