Many might not know that esports has been around for about 50 years with the first video game championship recorded in 1972 at Standford University for the game Spacewar. It was only until recently that investors found the potential of esports and invested in its development. A lot of people expect that esports would make profitable advancement in the coming years, some of which are celebrities. Below here is the list of several celebrities who have invested in esports.
Former world heavyweight Mike Tyson who knocked out 44 opponents throughout his boxing career has joined the esports investors club. Tyson recently announced his investment in a Hearthstone professional team, Fade 2 Karma, resulting for an upcoming construct of a gaming facility in California.
Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion, has announced to have invested in the professional esports organization Fade 2 Karma, which emphasizes on Hearthstone, leading to a new streaming structure in California.
"The Ranch House," the new base of Fade 2 Karma is said to include private live streaming rooms, content production, a performance stage for tournaments, a rooftop party deck with a new entertainment production studio connected to the facility.
After 14 years of retirement from boxing, Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world, has decided to clenched his fists again and ready to knock out some new opponents, but this time, in the field of esports.
The famous worldwide rapper and singer Drake is known to take part in the successful streaming career of Ninja. The investment of the rapper in esports is yet to stop there as he was reported to be the co-owner of a gaming and esports company named 100 Thieves.
Founded by the former professional gamer of Call of Duty, Matt "Nadeshot" Haag., 100 Thieves has become a totally developed esports company with the involvement of Drake with getting new gaming talents, sponsors for the team, content makers and a lot more.
The NBA legend, Michael Jordan, also joined the esports investor club recognizing its massive potential in the future. Last year, Jordon and his group of investors, Charlotte Hornets funded 26 million dollars for aXiomatic Gaming, the owner of Team Liquid, which is one of the most successful organization in the industry. In case you don't remember, two years ago Team Liquid won the International and $25 million prizes (and this is only in Dota 2)
Team Liquid is recently evaluated by Forbes to worth $200 million now. The investing amount of Jordan and other people in Charlotte Hornets is not released by aXiomatic.
Another NBA legend joining the list is Shaquille O'Neal, who has invested in team RNG, the professional team competing in the popular game League of Legend.
The founders and chairpersons of RNG, Mark Mastrov and Andy Miller, correspondingly, have become the co-owners of Sacramento Kings, which also has a share of Shaquille O'Neal. There has not been any specific number of investment from O'Neal disclosed, but considering the strong wave of investment recently, the number seems to be quite big.
The last face in the list of celeb investors in esports is the Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, who have contributed to Unikrn, a company for esports betting and other similar entertaining activities.
"I've had the pleasure of investing and being involved in a number of outstanding startups, and Unikrn stood out because they are completely changing how people engage with eSports," said the actor during his interview "esports are mainstreaming, and Unikrn Arena provides fans with an additional level of excitement not found elsewhere."