Welcome our new Director of Social Media: Joe Pokrzywa

The team at NRG Esports and the San Francisco Shock are very pleased to announce the newest member of the team: Joe Pokrzywa. Joe will be joining us as the Director of Social Media!

Born and raised in Chicago, Joe got his first taste of Esports by playing numerous seasons of CAL/CEVO in Call of Duty 4 Promod. Since then, he has played professionally in Battlefield 4 and briefly in Overwatch. Prior to joining NRG, Joe owned his own marketing consultancy and was the Head of Marketing for a prominent financial technology startup.




David Swartz








The San Francisco Shock turn a simple photo into a viral movement to raise money and awareness for adolescent mental health.

UPDATE:  As the #babybaychallenge rolls on, we want to thank everyone for the tremendous support.  On behalf of all participants, the San Francisco Shock will donate $1 per post, up to $10,000, to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  If you or your organization is interested in matching our donation please contact david@nrg.gg.

SAN FRANCISCO (February , 2018) – It began when one of the Shock’s star players Andrej “BabyBay” Francisty posted a simple black and white picture of himself laying down with one arm up to launch his personal Instagram Account.  NRG Esports’ Vice President of Content, Cory Vincent, saw the photo and posted his version of it with the hashtag #babybaychallenge.  Soon, others followed with similar posts and the Shock executive team quickly realized that this fun challenge could shine a light on a serious cause.  

In December of 2017, the Shock took to Twitter with a poll asking fans what social cause was most important to them.   The poll results were clear and aligned with a cause that was at the top of the list for the team; mental health awareness with a specific focus on the issues that face adolescents today.   

“We know that millions of kids play videos games and that it’s a great source of fun for them.  We also know that so many kids today struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental health related issues” said Andy Miller, Founder and CEO of NRG esports, parent organization of the San Francisco Shock.  “Ever since the poll, we have been looking for the best partner and plan to make an impact in this space.  Once we realized that the #babybaychallenge could do this, we kicked into high gear and reached out to the San Francisco Chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).”

Soon thereafter the  #babybaychallenge really began to take off.  All fans have to do is take a side-by-side photo emulating the original Babybay image, tag @SFShock, use the hashtag #babybaychallenge, and challenge at least one other person to do the same. The Shock will be donating for every image used in conjunction with the tag and are encouraging others to donate as well.

The #babybaychallenge has attracted the attention of esports personalities, casters, players, teams and even Overwatch League Commissioner, Nate Nanzer.   The challenge has garnered mainstream attention as well, with celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal getting in on the action. 

As for BabyBay, he has supported the initiative from the start and is responding as frequently as possible to recognize and thank anyone who participates.  And as the challenge grows, so too does the awareness towards adolescent mental health.

“I’m proud of our team and our organization for turning this into a social movement and letting kids know they are not alone” said Miller.  So many of the posts, have been young people sharing their own struggles with anxiety, depression and more. So to us, helping to bring awareness to this issue is as important as the money being donated.” 

A video has now been made detailing the #babybaychallenge and how anyone can get involved. 

To Donate to NAMI SF Go to:  https://www.namisf.org/our-mission

For more information on the San Francisco Shock, follow the team on Twitter @SFShock.

About San Francisco Shock

San Francisco Shock, one of the 12 esports franchises competing in the Overwatch League's inaugural season, is owned by NRG esports, a San Francisco-based esports organization competing in eight professional video game leagues known for its deeply engaged fan base. NRG was founded in 2015 by Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, co-owners of the Sacramento Kings. NRG investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. 

OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE, BLIZZARD, and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

About NAMI San Francisco

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in San Francisco (NAMI SF)  is the community's voice on mental illness. We are a part of grass-roots, nonprofit, national NAMI organization, and also an affiliate of NAMI California.  NAMI San Francisco was founded in 1983 by family members of people living with a mental illness.


SF Shock Looking for a Content Creator in the LA Area

The San Francisco Shock are looking for a talented and motivated Content Creator in Los Angeles; a great editor and someone who can also shoot and help us create unique social media content.   This person needs a high level of knowledge in the Overwatch Community as they will be interacting with the SF Shock players, coaches, game highlights, streams, etc.  More than anything, they need a great attitude, strong work ethic and ability to hit deadlines.


Specific Requirements for this person include:

  • Owns and operates their own editing system (Adobe Premier is preferred)
  • Owns and operates a high end SLR or similar camera
  • Skilled in basic still and motion GFX (Adobe PhotoShop, AfterEffects, etc.)
  • Lives in/around Burbank, CA to be near the team
  • Willing to work long hours including covering matches and other events
  • Overwatch Knowledge, experience and passion!

We would like to get someone going shortly after the new year so if you are interested, please send your resume and links to your videos/reels to info@NRG.gg

Welcome to the Fam!

NRG Esports is excited to announce the newest addition to the #NRGFam, Director of Events and Local Marketing Andrew Miller. Andrew has a history of local community interaction and event-coordination and will be a key piece to the localized growth of NRG in the future.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Andrew started gaming on Pokemon Yellow and now follows League of Legends and Overwatch. After graduating from SJSU he worked for several startups in Palo Alto prior to joining NRG.

We are looking forward to working with Andrew going forward, as we know his can-do attitude and creative mind will help propel NRG into the forefront of esports organizations.


Emmy Award Winner David Swartz joins NRG and SF Shock as CMO

David Swartz is a five-time Emmy Award winning producer including “Best Feature Story” in 2002.  His career began in Atlanta working for the Olympic Broadcast Committee and Turner Sports.  In 1997 he moved to New York to help launch the Sports Illustrated for Kids Show on CBS and then went on to produce features, shows, and specials for CBS, ESPN, Turner Sports, and NBC where he served as a producer for NBC Olympics and Sports.  He has covered five Olympic Games and nearly every major sporting event.


Swartz began his own production company in 2003 and then merged with 441 Productions. As Executive Producer, Coordinating Producer or Director, Swartz was involved in all aspects of the operation for over 10 years as the company produced a wide variety of series and shows including; The World Series of Poker on ESPN, Jim Rome on Showtime, Friday Night Tykes on Esquire, Making the Cut with Ray Romano and Kevin James on HBO, NHL 36 on NBC, The National Geographic Bee on National Geographic, MLS 36 on NBC, Hustling the House on Discovery, Game on America on Travel Channel, and NCAA 75 on CBS.


Swartz then headed to the West Coast to become the Vice President of Content Development and Executive Producer for the Sacramento Kings.  In this role, Swartz served as the lead creative force in all in-game entertainment, videos, graphics, audio and digital/social content for the organization.  Additionally, he supervised the AV and content integration for the opening and inaugural season of Golden 1 Center, the most technologically advanced arena in the world and the Sports Business Journal “Arena of the Year”.


Swartz grew up in the Boston area and graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1994.  He and his wife, Sarah are the proud parents of Tommy, Zoe and Mia. 

San Francisco Overwatch Roster Reveal

At long last, the day is finally here. The San Francisco Overwatch team is ready! We are proud to announce our eight players: dhaK, Danteh, IDDQD, Super, Babybay, Sleepy, Nomy, and Sinatraa. The team is excited to take the competition and bring home the title in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League.

We’ve gathered some of the most explosive players in North America to rep the Bay Area in this inaugural season of the Overwatch League. I’m honored to work with this crew and ready to bring the trophy home for San Francsico.
— Bradford Rajani
It has been a long journey, but I could not be more excited that we are bringing these eight players together. They represent the next step in our Overwatch path. These are some of the best players in the competitive scene and we are stoked for them to compete for San Francisco!
— Brett Lautenbach

Overwatch League Coaching Announcement

NRG is thrilled to announce that Brad Rajani, formerly of Selfless Gaming, will be the new head coach for NRG's Overwatch League team. We look forward to Brad's leadership and expertise as we continue to solidify our roster in anticipation of Season 1 of Overwatch League. 

Seamus "Seamoose" Anderson will be moving on from his position as coach of the Overwatch squad. Seamus has been an incredible asset to the orginization in his time at NRG and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.


AnJ Joins NRG Esports

Today we are pleased to announce the addition of Allan “AnJ” Jensen to our CS:GO team. He has been a player we’ve been looking at ever since his team won Copenhagen games earlier this year. Not only did he have a great showing at the tournament but also has had multiple strong performances after that. We believe he will be a great fit for our team and we’re excited to be working with him. 


After speaking to Allan, we saw a player that has a great attitude and also has the hunger to win and constantly improve. We believe he will be an excellent teammate and will be able to make our team a lot stronger moving forward.
— Derrick Truong - General Manager
I would to thank Singularity for the time we’ve spent together since October last year. We have grown together and we all find ourselves elevated to new heights from where we started. I would also like to thank them for allowing me to spend my time on the bench to talk to NRG. The past month have consisted of several offers but none that peeked my interest like NRG, and after talks with both management and players I’m extremely happy to have been given the chance to play for this organisation. This move is a dream come true, getting to play with and against players I’ve looked up to for so long is just amazing. I can’t wait to get started and working with the team!
— Allan 'AnJ' Jensen


Mobile Masters is this Weekend!

Will 'Amnesiac' Barton sat down with the folks over at Amazon to talk a little bit about Hearthstone. He talks about the NRG teams approach to the game, where he see's himself in the scope of NA competitive Hearthstone and what makes Mobile Masters such a great event.

June 23rd-24th Amnesiac along with our Vain Glory Team will be participating in the 2017 Mobile Masters Invitational presented by Amazon Appstore. 

To Learn more about the event: www.m2invitational.com


Derrick Truong Joins NRG Esports as General Manager

NRG Esports is happy to announce that the #NRGFam just got bigger with the addition of our new General Manager: Derrick Truong. Derrick joins us from TSM and will be a very important piece in the growth of NRG moving forward. 

Derrick started off as a pro gamer in Counterstrike 1.6, he eventually managed sponsorships at iBUYPOWER PC, which led to a position at TSM as General Manager. He is coming to NRG with an incredibly large skill set where he will be in charge of performance and recruitment for all of our game titles and making sure that our teams are operating to their fullest potential. 

We feel that Derrick is the perfect addition to our team and we wanted to ask him what his thoughts on the us before he joined," I think NRG is very creative and innovative. I love seeing Shaq tweeting at players and getting involved with the org on activations, and Nairo playing Smash at halftime at the Kings game was also huge. I'm extremely excited to be part of the NRG family and looking forward in using my past experiences to continue the success here".


We’re thrilled for Derrick to join NRG. We believe his experience in esports will bring an incredible amount of value to the NRG esports ecosystem.
— Brett Lautenbach, NRG President
I really believe in the vision and culture that Andy and Brett have created here at NRG, it aligns perfectly with what I also believe in.
— Derrick Troung, NRG General Manager