League of Legends (LOL) gets into the spotlight as it gets the needed boost with NBA legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez and Chicago White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins have all made their investments with NRG eSports, which owns LOL and Counter Strike squads.
According to daily dot, the trio approached NRG eSports Chairman Andy Miller stating that three wanted to personally be “involved” with the ways things are done within the company and announced their investing as well.
“We think they will help legitimize the space. They all come from the traditional sports world. They were all unbelievably young when they became professionals, like our guys,” Miller said.
Miller added that among the three, Rollins is more active as having been playing League of Legends for quite a time while O’Neal, who is a co-owner with Miller for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, is new to the gaming and esports through the introduction with Turner Sports.
“[Shaq] has been circling the space, and during CES he kind of fell in love with it, and he said “I’m all in, let’s do it. He’s the world’s biggest kid and he’ll bring an epic amount of fun and energy—no pun intended—to our teams, and to the space in general,” Miller explained.
He also stated that whole NRG eSports management together with its players were overwhelmed with the news of the new investors, especially since they are also well-known in their field of sports. Miller went on that partnering with the three athletes brings in a new perspective as they can also guide the young talented athletes in the online gaming scene.
“Alex was one of the youngest pros ever, he’s got a really good perspective. He’s great because he did it at the same age that [League player Galen “Moon” Holgate] is doing it now, and probably went through the same things,” Miller stressed.
League of Legends (LOL) is a multiplayer online battle arena and real-time strategy video game wherein players assume the role of an unseen “summoner” that controls a “champion” with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions.
The goal is usually to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus”, a structure which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends match is discrete, with all champions starting off fairly weak but increasing in strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game.
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