Feb 9 2017 - 4:24 pm

Boston Bruins' Parent Company Invests in Splyce

Delaware North, the parent company of the Boston Bruins, has invested in Splyce with the intent to use the Bruins and its home stadium as resources.
Journalist for GAMURS

The city of Boston just added nine more titles to its already impressive trophy case by way of the Boston Bruins, but not in the way a fan of the B's would expect.

According to a press release on the official Splyce website, Delaware North, the parent company of the Black and Gold, has invested an undisclosed amount into multi-esport organization Splyce, and intend to use the TD Garden and the Bruins to help develop and market the team.

In the official press release, Marty Strenczewilk, CEO and president of Splyce, said that he already uses traditional sports knowledge to better his organization, and the partnership with Delaware North only strengthens it.

“This partnership with Delaware North allows us unfettered access to championship-caliber training staff, expert guidance on key areas of monetization and rock-solid infrastructure that can allow us to skyrocket our growth and maturation as a global sports franchise," Strenczewilk said. With these resources in place, Splyce intends to be "the premier esports team in the world.”

Splyce was founded back in 2015, growing into an organization that fielded teams in esports ranging from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Super Smash Bros: Melee. The organization's biggest move since its founding was the purchase of a League of Legends spot from Dignitas, as Splyce used that spot to field a team worthy enough of a League of Legends World Championship placement in 2016.

This investment falls in line with several other moves made by traditional sports figures and organizations, including the founding of NRG by Sacramento Kings co-owner Andrew Miller, and the investment into Team Liquid by Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis.

With the TD Garden yet to host an esports event, this partnership could bring a major tournament to New England, or at the very least, be the home stadium for Splyce should they play host to another side.

James Mattone is a journalist for GAMURS and can be contacted on Twitter - @TheJamesMattone.

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Feb 18 2017 - 12:34 am

Professional pitcher Trevor May joins Luminosity as a brand ambassador

Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May will be streaming Overwatch for Luminosity Gaming.
Image via John Rieger, USA Today

Trevor May, a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, has been welcomed to the Luminosity Gaming organization as a brand ambassador.

During the offseason, May can be found streaming on Overwatch on his Twitch streaming channel - twitch.tv/iamtrevormay. He currently mains Lucio as his hero of choice in competitive Overwatch.

Speaking about joining Luminosity in the team's press release, the 27-year-old pitcher said, “I’m really looking forward to working with Luminosity Gaming. They’ve quickly established themselves as one of the biggest names in esports, and as a passionate gamer myself, I'm excited to team up with LG and support them.”

With May being an active player in the majors, balancing leisurely streaming with his career as an MLB pitcher may be difficult, especially with the baseball season approaching. Pitchers and catchers for many professional baseball teams have already reported to Arizona and Florida for preseason workouts, and spring training is just around the corner.

The full announcement of May’s decision can be found here.

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Feb 15 2017 - 10:04 pm

Orbit Esports Becomes Esports Investment Company, Merges Operations with Red Reserve

Orbit Esports has become an esports investment company, and has merged operations with Red. Their two CS:GO teams, as well as their EU CoD team, will play under the Red Reserve banner.
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Journalist for GAMURS

A new era has begun for Orbit, and its next chapter will be written in red ink.

As confirmed via an official announcement on Red Reserve's website, as well as with multiple sources involved in the deal, Orbit Esports will halt all esports operations to become an esports investment company.

Red Reserve will still be a subsidiary of Orbit while the company looks to invest in other gaming companies in the community, and in fact, it will be the new home of the majority of Orbit's teams and staff.

With this move, all Red and Orbit operations will be merged under the Red Reserve banner, with the most notable transition being with the current EU Call of Duty team. At the 2017 CWL Paris Open, they will trade their Orbit blue for Red Reserve jerseys, and will represent Red at future events.

Orbit's male and female CS:GO teams will also move under the Red Reserve brand.

Patrik Andersson, former CEO of Orbit who will now be CEO of Red Reserve, called this move "one of the biggest steps I have ever made in my career."

"Leaving something that I have built from scratch over four years ago to lead another has been hard for me to do," Andersson said. "But, Red Reserve is special; it has fans, passionate staff, professional creators and most of all a base for growth to really excel."

David "Urban" Marsh, who is a member of that Call of Duty roster, said that he could "only see positives with merging with Red," citing Red's history and prestige as compliments to his team's potential.

"They have a large social media and a history of Call Of Duty; with the brand coming into CoD esports as a whole, it's exciting to know what the potential could be in bringing diversification in competition to their well-known entertainment brand," Urban said.

Even though Orbit will no longer have any teams representing its brand, the company will still be involved with Red Reserve, especially as Red looks to make an impact in the Call of Duty scene.

"I feel even more confident knowing that Orbit is behind us and even though we are changing names, the core staff and team, which we have been extremely happy to work with so far, will stay the same and that they trust us to put Red Reserve on the map for competitive CoD," Urban said.

Andersson was thankful for the founder, co-owner and head of content at Red, Alex Kushelevskiy, as well as Red's new COO, Sebastian Spooner, in helping with a smooth transition, and looks forward to bringing over the majority of his staff.

"They have always done everything they can to make Orbit succeed and I know they will do the same at Red," Andersson said.

And as for those old fans of Red Reserve, Andersson has a message directly to them.

"For the existing fans of Red, change is coming; esports will expand within the company but the videos and people you watch every day will still be there and encouraged," Andersson said.

This move comes almost two months after the initial merge between Orbit and Red, where Orbit handled "financing and network contacts" while Red merged their resources into Orbit.

The two organizations had two separate staffs, and the jointly owned company managed separate teams under the two brands.

Due to the merge, the North American Call of Duty team, led by Christopher "Parasite" Duarte, that played for Red Reserve in Atlanta no longer represent the team after CWL Atlanta, shedding light on a GAMURS report from Feb. 3.

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James Mattone is a journalist for GAMURS and can be contacted on Twitter -@TheJamesMattone.