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.

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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

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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

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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

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More than friends: Harbleu and Ajax join NRG Overwatch

You guys saw this coming... We are so excited to finally announce that Anthony "Harbleu" Ballo has joined the team as our flex player, and Alex "Ajax" Jackson are joining us as support and in game leader...

ISKYS Joins the NRG Family as For Honor Player

One thing that is a priority to NRG is helping support the growth and development of new and rising video game communities. We see for honor as an incredible game with a passionate community, and we see Ricky "Skys" as an incredible player that is a perfect fit for our organization. 

"Feels great knowing a gamer like myself filled with energy is joining team NRG! Excited for the great things to come in the future with you guys"

--Ricky "Skys" Colon

“We’re thrilled to have Ricky join the NRG Family. He’s an incredible competitor and personality. We love the growth we’ve seen in the For Honor community and see him as an incredible champion for the game and it’s competitive scene.”

--Brett Lautenbach. President NRG

 

Back in the Game! NRG welcomes Hafu

WELCOME TO THE #NRGFAM HAFU!

Today NRG continues to expand its competitive Hearthstone roster with the addition of Hafu. Hafu has long been an incredible competitor in the esports community. We’re thrilled to have her compete alongside our growing roster of Hearthstone pro players including Amnesiac, Amaz, Dude7597.