Famous Esports Investors: top 5 Athletes and Celebrities

Mike Tyson, Ashton Kutcher, and Will Smith are just some of the celebrities who already got into esports. Here we listed for you some of your favorite stars who already took part in this amazing gaming world.

As you probably noticed, the world of esports has taken quite a lot of ground in recent years, and it is no wonder that several public figures have chosen to invest in this growing industry.

Traditional athletes

Being an industry that is in full growth, esports have attracted the attention of several traditional sports companies including the great chain ESPN. But companies are not the only ones to benefit from this growth.

We are talking about an industry that already exceeds 900 million dollars in profits and is observed by the most important Wall Street firms.

In this way, a large number of traditional athletes have opted to make part of their fortunes available to the growth of electronic sports.

1. Michael Jordan

In October 2018 this legendary American basketball player invested no less than 26 million dollars in the company axiomatic gaming, you know, the owners of team liquid.

2. Stephen Curry

In July 2018 Curry got involved together with his playmate Andre Iguodala in a group investment (a pool with other investors) of 37 million dollars in the organization TSM.

This small company founded by Andy Dinh works in the development of teams of players for league of legends and Fortnite tournaments.

3. Odell Beckham Jr

The New York giant showed that basketball players aren’t the only ones open to betting on esports. In this way, Odell participated in fundraising that reached 38 million dollars for the development of vision esports, in addition to participating in marketing campaigns for the title FIFA 19 of EA sports.

4. Shaquille O’Neal

Both as a heavyweight and as an investor, this man has shown that he knows how not to give up.

Despite his early failures in the world of video games, O’Neal is known for his investments in several competitive gaming organizations.

Among the most prominent is his participation in NRG along with other investors including baseball player Alex Rodriguez who has not only invested twice in esports but is also one of the board directors.

A curious fact about NRG esports is that it has one of the most famous investor groups, including Marshawn Lynch and Jennifer Lopez.

Artists tempted by industry

As expected, athletes are not the only ones interested in enjoying the advantages that the growth of competitive gaming offers.

In this way, Jennifer Lopez is far from being the only artist on our list. Continue reading to see that other celebrities are betting on the world of esports:

1. Ashton Kutcher

While you may ask why you don’t see it often on screen, Kutcher has leaped into the world of venture capital, taking advantage of the growth of companies like Airbnb and skype.

His most prominent investment in this industry was his contribution to the development of Unikrn, a esports betting platform supported by crypto.

2. Rick Fox

This former NBA player and TV actor for series like “shameless” is the founder and CEO of Echo Fox, an esports organization that competes for more than 11 titles including League of Legends Worlds and Fortnite.

3. Drake

On the other hand, the musicians are not left behind, drake is not only famous worldwide as a rap singer but also formed part of the streaming career of the ninja player playing Fortnite in a duo for the streamer’s Twitch channel.

Besides, the singer has been quite involved with the development of 100 thieves, participating as a sponsor and talent seeker.

4. The Weeknd

This amazing R&B singer is also an active Overactive Media investor. This company is responsible for Overwatch League’s Toronto Defiant as well as Team Splyce, one of the world’s most important player teams.

5. Will Smith

The Fresh Prince of Belair placed his bet quite recently in early April 2019. Smith, along with the legendary Japanese football player Keisuke Honda, participated in a seasonal investment round for the Gen G esports franchise.

With the artist’s participation, the investment round raised to 48 million dollars! Although other participants, such as Michael Zeisser (former president of the Alibaba Group Investment department in the US) may have bigger participation.

To Sum Up

It is quite exciting to see how really big names sum up to the esports cause. World-level stars can be as much as you or me when they play, invest or bet on competitive gaming as we do, and there is a connection!

Do you know other famous people who place their bet on the industry?

About RJ Frometa

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