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What a stretch for the SF Shock!   After a Stage 1 playoffs that put the league on notice, the Shock have gone into total domination mode in Stage 2.  5 matches up, 5 matches down in unprecedented 4-0 sweep fashion. After embarrassing Toronto on Friday, the perfect stage and consecutive map victory record was on the line Sunday against the Hangzhou Spark. The Spark put up a tough fight, but Choi, Rascal and the boys clutched it out by winning their 19th and then 20th straight maps to set and then extend the OWL record for consecutive map wins, previously set by Houston at 18 in Stage 1 of Season 1! The Shock now sit atop the leaderboard at 5-0 for stage 2 and have already clinched the Stage playoff spot. The players, like Super, are supremely confident but with a bye this week, the team will have to wait until their next matches vs. Philadelphia on 5/2 and Shanghai on 5/5 to see if we can close out a perfect stage and continue our run at Overwatch League History and the Stage 2 Championship!  And for that match on Sunday, 5/5 we are hosting a watch party on the Campus of Cal Berkeley so please join us for free food, swag, and contests and watch your SF Shock #MakeOWLHistory!

A few other milestones for Shock last week:  we hit 1 million cheers on twitch! and the team’s Super Fan Group – The Shockwaves – launched!  Thanks to everyone who made this happen- we really do have the best fans.

Lastly, on a bittersweet note, we did say goodbye to Sleepy, one of the real originals on the team who just wasn’t getting playing time in our new powerhouse line-up.  He will now get the chance to take the OWL stage again and start for the Washington Justice.

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We have been saying for a while now that our talented trio of GarretG, JSTN and Fireburner may be the best in the business and this year they are proving it.  In another dominant performance, the squad remains undefeated after a victory over Space Station Gaming.   Check them out this coming weekend as the boys take on G2 and don’t forget to support our Rocket League Team by getting your NRG Octane decal in the Rocket League shop now.


Guess who is going to the Fortnite World Cup after getting first place in qualifiers? That’s right, your favorite duo MrSavage and Benjyfishy! We’re excited that they will now be repping NRG in NYC!  Benjyfishy also qualified for singles and the rest of our NRG players will be grinding the world cup qualifiers to join him so keep track on NRG Social.   And if you just can’t get enough Battle Royale and you need an Apex Fix, sorry that you missed his last 12 to 12 24 hour stream, but make sure you catch Dizzy on stream next time. He continues to pull in huge viewers on Twitch!


There was a ton of other activity around a very busy stretch for NRG last week.  Nairo settled in for another  Wendy’s sponsored stream, which included incredible highlights like these.  Meanwhile HookGangGod, with the help of Double L, took the win at Super TSB for Dragonball Fighter Z.  And Hazard secured a spot at DreamHack for Clash Royale!  And if you really want to follow everything in real time, last week we launched our new twitter account: NRG Current! This account will be your go-to for match updates and live stream announcements! If you haven’t already, give the youngest in NRG a follow!

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After an opening week of Stage 2 that saw Marshawn Lynch lead the team out of the tunnel in advance of two wins and no map losses, the Shock had just one match last week and continued to dominate.  The Guangzhou Charge proved no match for the Boys from the Bay as we we took another 4-0 sweep to push our consecutive map win streak to 12 straight on the stage!  The community is taking notice as we are being widely recognized as one of, if not the best team in the League.  We are now embracing the difficult challenge of winning all 7 stage 2 matches without losing a map.  We call it #winnable and we have two more shots this week with matches vs. Toronto on Thursday and Hangzhou on Sunday.   We should also note, that our strategy of building around western players continues to pay off too as this amazing article from 24life highlighting both Super and Sinatraa demonstrates!   And to cap off an amazing week, the NRG CSGO team came to visit the Shock guys in Burbank and posed for this awesome crossover photo after the match!

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When it comes to NRG CSGO last week, they started the LAN for Season 9 of the ESL Pro League in strong form! The boys pulled off several clutch plays, resulting in two solid 2-0 victories against INTZ and EUnited. Unfortunately the team could not get the job done on Sunday vs. top 5 ranked Renegades with a loss on Inferno. Our 2-1 weekend record and positive map differential was, however, enough to punch our ticket for the ESL LAN finals in France. No qualifier tournament for us!

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Dizzy, Ace, and Richard played APEX on LAN for the first time at Twitchcon Rivals in Berlin! They finished in 2nd place and Dizzy took home the MVP award which came with this super cool trophy!  On the Fortnite front, for the third time in a row, Savage and Benjy took first place in duos! This time it was for the Cooler Cup, with a final score of 568! Even bigger in the space, last week, Zayt, Benjy, Savage, and Symfuhny all took part in the Fortnite World Cup Qualifier for a chance at LAN in New York and Benjy already made it in with a 3rd place finish! Who’s next?  Follow all the world Cup action this month on NRG Social!


GarretG, Jstn, and Fireburner were back in action and once again looked impressive with a 3-0 sweep on Splyce!!  Each of our talented trio was in top form on Saturday including this impressive goal to close out the second match by Garret G!  If you have not already, make sure you gear up with custom NRG skins in the Rocket League esports shop!


You already know that NRG is the Home of Champions and last week we hit a social milestone too.  NRG now has 250k followers on Twitter and 200,000 on Instagram!!!  And congrats to Symfuhny for hitting a huge milestone too:  1 million followers on Twitch! We are so proud that NRG, and our players, continues to grow the fanbase and our overall community so rapidly!


The San Francisco Shock are thrilled to announce the signing of Nam-joo "Striker" Gwon, 19, in a transfer agreement with the Boston Uprising.

Striker was an incredibly impactful player in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and helped lead the Boston Uprising to the first undefeated stage in Overwatch League history. The Shock look forward to having Striker round out their young star studded DPS core.

“Having worked with Striker last season, I am very excited for him to join the roster. He demonstrated excellence on stage during the first season and will be a great addition to the Shock family,” said Shock Head Coach Dae-hee "Crusty" Park. 

With the addition of Striker, Shock now fields a full twelve-man roster heading into Season 2 of Overwatch League, set to kick off February 14th 2019.


About the San Francisco Shock and NRG Esports

The San Francisco Shock, one of the original 12 franchises of the Overwatch League, is owned by NRG esports, a San Francisco-based esports organization competing in eight professional video game leagues and known for its deeply engaged fan base.  NRG was founded in 2015 by Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, co-owners of the Sacramento Kings. Notable investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Rollins and Tiesto, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. NRG and the Shock are setting an industry standard for world class talent and management, jaw-dropping media and, above all else, competition. For additional information, please visit: and follow @SFShock on Twitter.


NRG Esports and Qualcomm announce new collaboration




 Esports powerhouse ‘NRG Esports’ and industry leading technology company Qualcomm announce new collaboration in the esports and mobile esports space.


Esports powerhouse ‘NRG Esports’ is exclusively using the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform based ASUS ROG Phones as performance training devices


Los Angeles, CA - 18th, October, 2018 - NRG Esports has announced a brand new collaboration with technology leader Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The new collaboration expands throughout the entirety of the NRG organization and its teams, with particular focus placed on the mobile esports platform, and the ASUS ROG Phone. In a separate release, ASUS announced that the ROG Phone is available for pre-order today.


The companies unveiled the collaboration on Thursday with an announcement video focused on NRG’s “Clash Royale” roster. The team, which participates in mobile game company Supercell’s franchised “Clash Royale League”, showcased the organization’s new jersey set and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 based ASUS ROG Phone.


“The rise of mobile esports over the past few years has been incredible to watch,” said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports. “With our recent participation in the Clash Royale League, now was the time for NRG Esports to find a premiere partner to bring first in class quality to our players. We're thrilled for all of the exciting content and activations we'll be creating with Quallcom and ASUS ROG.”


The ROG Phone is built to win and is powered by the world's fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform featuring the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630 GPU which provides powerhouse graphics and performance.  To ensure continued performance, The ROG Phone’s unique GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system — with detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost — sustains blur-free high frame rates in the heat of battle, while its no-compromise AMOLED display blends a blazing 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time with gorgeous HDR visuals. The ultra-comfortable design of ROG Phone includes unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls — including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics — let gamers focus all their skills on the game, giving them the edge they need for total domination. A unique, full set of accessories further enhances gameplay. The ROG phone is available with two different storage configurations; a 128GB and 512GB version.


“Our Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is optimized premium performance, efficient battery life and delivers superior gameplay, speed and console-quality graphics” said Don McGuire, Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We’re excited to bring together the gamer-trusted ASUS ROG Phone alongside our high-performance graphics software optimizations to pack the ultimate power for NRG teams while training and in the esports arena.”


These Snapdragon™ based devices in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc will act as the lead performance training devices for NRG’s mobile esports department.



About NRG

NRG Esports is one of the globe’s leading esports organisations and participates in some of the most high profile global franchised leagues. Founded by former Vice President of Apple and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Andy Miller, NRG is led by a roundtable of expertise in the traditional sports and tech industries, with such investment from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Tiesto, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. NRG’s Overwatch League Team, the “San Francisco Shock” is a participate in the industry leading geo-located franchised league.


About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at


Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.


Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Adreno are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

SF Shock and LA Valiant Announce Official California Cup

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LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO (SEPTEMBER 21, 2018) -- The rivalry between Northern and Southern California reaches new heights as the Los Angeles Valiant and San Francisco Shock, inaugural franchises in Blizzard’s Overwatch League, announce the formation of the California Cup. Unique to esports, the official home-and-home Overwatch League off-season event showcase begins on October 20 at the Esports Arena Santa Ana and finalizes on November 10 at the Esports Arena Oakland.  

Both locations will feature an intimate meet-and-greet with the new-look Shock and Valiant rosters, amateur and collegiate Overwatch tournaments, exclusive merchandise, free-to-play computers and more. Each event will culminate in a match between the Valiant and Shock to determine the guardian of the California Cup.  

“We love the concept of finally bringing our matches to our home market in the Bay Area,” said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports and the San Francisco Shock. “This is the first time an OWL team is announcing a home market match outside of LA. What better way to kick this off than an incredible rivalry match between the Valiant and Shock.”

Beginning with the Overwatch California Cup showcase this off-season and continuing throughout the Overwatch League, in all head-to-head matches between the two teams, the victor will take control of the California Cup until the next meeting.

“No matter the competition, the rivalry between Southern California and Northern California is one that is full of passion for the fans and the teams involved,” said Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and LA Valiant. “We are excited to partner with the Shock in establishing a new tradition in esports.”

Starting September 22 at 10:00 AM PST, three ticket packages will be available for purchase:

  • General ($25): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event.

  • VIP ($50): Admission to Southern California OR Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.

  • PCH Package ($75): Admission to Southern California AND Northern California event plus VIP swag bag, access to on-site VIP experience, and commemorative inaugural California Cup item. A limited number of tickets at this price are available for purchase.

For more information on the Southern California event, visit

For more information on the Northern California event, visit


About the Los Angeles Valiant and Immortals LLC

The Los Angeles Valiant are one of two Los Angeles-based franchises in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, which began play in January 2018 as the first esports league to feature local market affiliations for its teams. The LA Valiant are owned and operated by Immortals, LLC, a global esports organization based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2015, Immortals has raised strategic investment from AEG, Lionsgate, Meg Whitman, the Milken Family, and Steve Kaplan. Immortals contends in leading esports titles including Rainbow Six: Siege, DOTA2, and Super Smash Brothers, in addition to mobile esports Clash Royale and Arena of Valor. In June 2018, Immortals re-launched iconic Brazilian esports brand MIBR, which competes with the most popular and competitively-successful roster assembled in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Immortals and the Los Angeles Valiant strive to create a long-lasting and welcoming community of professional gamers, aspiring players, and passionate fans, united by a commitment to competitive success and inclusivity. For additional information, please visit:,, and follow on Twitter: @LAValiant.

About the San Francisco Shock and NRG Esports

The 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 and 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's investment group brings traditional sports experience to the table from the NBA and MLB, as well as the business experience from industry titans such as Apple, IBM, and NBC. Notable investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Rollins and Tiesto, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.  

NRG and the Shock are dedicated to setting an industry standard in world class talent and management,  jaw-dropping media and, above all else, competition. For additional information, please visit:, and follow @SFShock on Twitter.

Media Contacts

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Jen Neale

For the San Francisco Shock

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Click Management and NRG Esports announce the launch of "Click"


Gaming Talent Agency ‘Click Management’ in partnership with esports heavyweight ‘NRG Esports’ launch gaming lifestyle brand ‘Click’ - featuring gaming influencer house in the heart of Sydney, with over 28+ million followers worldwide.

Sydney, AUS - 18th September, 2018: Click Management, one of the world's leading gaming talent agencies has announced a partnership with NRG Esports, a global esports heavyweight with international teams competing at the highest levels in titles such as Fortnite, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This first of its kind partnership will see the launch of ‘Click’, a collection of Australia’s largest gaming personalities and equally, some of the biggest social media stars in the world.

At the forefront of modern-day entertainment, the Click member’s include 7 top-tier Australian gaming influencers with a combined viewership of almost 700+ million views per month and over 28+ million followers across all social platforms. The Click launch roster features three of the top 10 most viewed YouTubers in the world for gaming, ‘LazarBeam’, ‘Lachlan’, and ‘MrMuselk’, as well as Australia’s most popular female gamer, ‘Loserfruit’.

Marking the first time something of this scale has been done in Australia with such a significant investment from a global organisation such as NRG Esports, ‘Click’ has launched with the reveal of the Click House based in Sydney, Australia - now one of the largest gaming houses in the world. The Click House will provide a new and immersive way for audiences to engage with original content through production of regular shows and podcasts to be broadcast across platforms including YouTube, Twitch and Instagram. The house will act as a social media incubator, growing gaming influencers into superstars with a collaborative creative effort to drive further mainstream reach and impact.

Click Management offers full-service management to the world's largest gaming influencers, focusing on building their individual profiles through strategy consultation and connecting them with relevant brands and products, to create bespoke marketing campaigns and content.

NRG Esports is one of the world's leading esports organisations founded by Andy Miller - former Vice President of Apple and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings. Led by the expertise of traditional sports and tech businesses with investment from the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, TIesto and Jennifer Lopez - NRG Esports brings to the table experience from the NBA and MLB, as well as business experience from industry titans.

Andy Miller, Founder & CEO of NRG says “This is the partnership we have dreamed about since starting NRG Esports in 2015. Click and their massive fan base and platform reach give NRG a lifestyle gaming brand to compliment our top tier professional esports teams. We have great plans in the works across video, podcast and globally distributed programming.”

Elliott Watkins, aka Mr Muselk says “This is an incredible opportunity to put Australia on the map in the global gaming scene. We’ve always been home to some of the most talented gaming content creators, and with Click we’ve been given the opportunity to take this to the next level.”

Emma Barnes, Founder & Director at Click say “ We’re thrilled to launch Click in partnership with NRG. Click will provide a range of original gaming skewed lifestyle content to appeal to hardcore gamers and casual fans alike, with some of the world's most popular gaming talent as well as acting as an incubator for future social media stars ”.

For more information on Click Management, visit:

For more information on NRG, visit:


The Click full talent roster can be found here:

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NRG Esports Announces Fortnite Roster Overhaul



This summer NRG Esports dropped into the Fortnite scene with our squad of high level competitors, Jhake “Vicaros” Lyonns, Karman “Kaysid” Sidhu, Chris “The General” Lee, Aleksandar “Lamar” Glisic and Williams “Zayt” Aubins to bolster our Fortnite roster alongside Sven “Svennoss” Edelenbosch with high hopes of long term competitive viability in the scene. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we are announcing today that we are scaling back our Fortnite team and beginning a different approach.

Effective today, Vicaros, Kaysid, The General and Lamar have been released from the NRG Esports Fortnite roster. We wish this group of gifted competitors the absolute best in their future endeavours and thank them for their time as members of the NRG Family.

Moving forward, Zayt and Svennoss, as solo competitors and streamers, will be the primary focus of our Fortnite team.

We thank you for your understanding and once again, wish the utmost best for those leaving us today.

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NRG Overwatch Contenders Tryouts

The Overwatch Contenders scene has been a pivotal resource for OWL teams that are looking to rebuild or strengthen their roster. Many OWL teams are scouting Contenders players including our NRG Contenders team and look forward to seeing them perform during Season 2 of OWL. We are very proud of gathering talent across all regions. The goal with our academy team has always been to develop players into OWL-caliber players. As a result, we will be taking applications for Season 3 of Contenders by holding open tryouts for all positions. Tryouts will be conducted by the San Fransisco Shock coaching staff of Crusty, Junkbuck, Ninek, and Harsha. The requirements are as follows:

Must be the age of 16.
Have SR rating of 4400 or higher




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Culver City, Calif. – July 25, 2018 – Sony Crackle announced today their first ESports docu-series titled “Hook’d,” in partnership with NRG ESports and Complex Networks, slated to premiere Friday, July 27, with subsequent three to five-minute episodes rolling out on Monday, July 30, Wednesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 15. The teaser provides a first-look at the improbable journey of 21-year-old Eduardo Deno (aka HookGangGod), an up-and-coming ESports gamer. Simultaneously, Sony Crackle will host a virtual Twitch livestream event to kick-off the series on July 27.


Filmed in the final month leading up to the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world – The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) in Las Vegas from August 3-5, “Hook’d” will immerse viewers in Hook’s professional world. Viewers will connect and hear Hook’s story of how he has overcome challenges as a young adult to contend for the Evo world title in Dragon Ball FighterZ and the influences that help guide him there including his New Jersey neighbor, mentor, and professional NRG ESports teammate Nairoby Quezada (aka Nairo), as well as New Jersey-born NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.


Hook was recently discovered by NRG, the ESports mega-team financially backed by the co-owners of the Sacramento Kings, as well as celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal, electronic music DJ Tiësto, and Alex Rodriguez. Hook rapidly ascended the North East local and conference fighting game competitions in just under four months to defeat some of the top ranked players in the world at the recent Summit of Power invitational. As the rookie, Evo is an opportunity for Hook to prove to everyone, including himself that he is a fighter – a fighter in a fighting game world, and a fighter to succeed out of the hard realities of his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. Viewers will be given unprecedented access into Hook’s process and training, following him from his home to the international stage in Las Vegas as he prepares for the fight of his life.


“Hook’d” is produced by Complex Networks. The series is executive produced by Justin Killion, Brandon Killion, Andy Miller and Melissa Brooks.


About Sony Crackle

Sony Crackle is the only free, ad-supported streaming service that combines premium Original programming with curated blockbuster library titles hand-picked for its core audience of connectors: a coveted audience whose gaming consoles and streaming devices are their gateway to entertainment. Located on the lot of one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios, Sony Crackle is the launchpad for Original hits like “The Oath,” “Snatch,” “StartUp” and “SuperMansion.” With a team that spans some of the best of entertainment, tech, data science and gaming, Sony Crackle has surpassed 100M downloads to date and is available for free or as a paid service on over 25 devices and in 20 countries around the globe. For more information, go to or follow @SonyCrackle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for real-time updates.


About Complex Networks

Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks generates over 810 million video views a month across its digital channels – Complex, First We Feast, Rated Red, Pigeons and Planes, Sole Collector and more – and is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube.


Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with distributors including Facebook, Fuse, Verizon, Snapchat, MSG and more. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In November, the company successfully hosted its second ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, attracting 200 top brands and over 50,000 attendees to the two-day cultural festival.


About NRG Esports

NRG Esports is a San Francisco-based esports organization competing at the highest level of professional video gaming. NRG owns 9 pro gaming teams including the San Francisco Shock of the Overwatch League. 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.





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Carter and PP join the NRG Clash Royale Family

With the Clash Royale League kicking-off in late August, NRG has been working hard to find the best talent to round out our roster. We met with some of the most talented players at the Clash Royale combine and are excited to announce that we have finalized our Clash Royale League roster with the signing of Carter “Carter” Rekoske and Prashant “PP” Pandey. Carter and PP will soon be joining ChiefJ, Guanek, and Hazard in our Los Angeles gaming house!


Throughout the combine process, Carter and PP impressed us with their play. Their raw-talent, game knowledge and maturity made them clear standouts in a crowd of talented players. We are excited to watch them grow as players and continue their Clash Royale success with NRG.


“I am so excited to have the opportunity to compete professionally in one of my biggest passions, Clash Royale! The game has only scratched the surface of its potential and I couldn’t ask for a better organization and better teammates to start my career with.” - Carter


“Today I get to live my life with my passion being my job, and my aim is set on on lifting the Big Trophy of the CRL with my team!” - PP


Please join us in welcoming Carter and PP to the NRG family. Keep an eye on our social media channels, as there will footage and new content of our players coming together very soon!

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