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  • NRG Esports Gets Huge Sponsorship Deal

    nrg esports washington dceSports is going to be huge in 2017. NRG eSports has just picked up a sponsorship deal that hits the six-figure mark.

    The new NRG sponsor is none other than the city of Washington D.C.

    D.C. Events is the convention and sports authority arm of Washington D.C. and their recent sponsorship with NRG eSports has shown the world that they're serious about putting their heart (and money) into the eSports industry.

    The city of Washington D.C. has sponsored many companies in the past, but this is the first venture the capital has made within the eSports industry.

    You may be wondering how this deal will benefit Washington as a city. The head of the convention and sports authority arm of D.C. hopes that this new sponsorship will help bring in more tourism and open up opportunities for hosted eSports events within local stadiums. This should help to bring in interest and sell tickets to those from all over the United States, but it reaches out to an international audience too.

    "International tourists are a big component of our pool of folks that we're targeting to come to Washington and visit, they stay longer, they spend more money. We're about putting folks in hotel rooms, spending money in the city, eating in our restaurants, and ultimately, long term, all these people who come to Washington, many of them we want to actually stay here and live here. Raise a family here, send their kids to school here, for us, it's not only a short-term play on how to build up an arena that we're building and put on esports tournaments, but ultimately get people to come here, stay here and move here."

  • Shaq Shares His Passion for eSports

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    For those that don't know, the big Shaq from NBA fame has started to invest in a North American eSports team named NRG. Shaq recently shared some of his feelings for eSports and shared why he has such a passion for it.

    The biggest reason Shaq has a soft spot for eSports can be summed up in one simple word. "Teamwork." It's clear that this is something that Shaq knows well, "Five guys working together, practicing together, trusting your brother. That's what makes a winner. It's a grind. It takes big time dedication to be the best and build a winner."

    It's not just the teamwork side of things that both eSports and NBA share, though.

    "The fans did it for me," Shaq mentioned. "The fan base is huge and so passionate about their favorite games, teams and players. We have seen this movie before with the NBA and other traditional sports leagues. Sponsors and distribution always follow."

    "I got to witness first-hand at CES this year how exciting the CS:GO world had become and how passionate the fans were and what type of dedicated athletes the players had become. I wanted in. I contacted Andy Miller who co-owns the Sacramento Kings with me and he asked me to become part of NRG eSports. I am totally digging how intense the CS:GO and League of Legends scene is and am excited for our plans to add many more teams and gaming personalities to the NRG mix."

    NRG has a long way to go before they're competing with the best, but with funding from such big names, the NRG teams have all they need to go far.

  • NRG Picks Up new Gears of War Team

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    Could Gears of War be the next big competitive console game?

    With Gears of War eSports gaining more traction, more organizations are starting to pick up Gears teams. In recent happenings, NRG has now picked up their own Gears of War team. The team will compete in upcoming North American events, including the ESL Pro League.

    The new Gears of War team has seen a number of different players come together for the first time, but it’s certain that all of the players on the new NRG squad have the potential to do well.

    "Long-time teammates Sleepytime and Sicamore, who placed 4th together in both seasons of the ESL Pro-League, are joined by their season 1 teammate Twist3DShot, season 2 teammate Xcells, and; Franko, who placed 4th in the recent Gears eSports North American Open with GOONZ, to create a roster that could prove to have the experience, synergy, and balance of skill-sets to excel in Gears 4. With every member boasting top 4 finishes, the new NRG squad proved to be amongst the best in Gears UE, and are entering Gears 4 with a renewed sense of purpose following their acquisition."

    There really has never been any better time for organizations to put their efforts into the Gears of War competitive scene so it'll be really exciting to see just how well the new NRG squad will perform. Here's a quick recap of the new lineup.

    Christopher Stephen 'Xavier Celsius' Hill
    Marvin 'Sir Sicamore' Moya
    Yadiel 'Sleepytime' Hidalgo
    Frank Wesley 'KO' Tibbs, Jr.
    Marlon 'Twist3DShot' Haynes

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