Last weekend was an incredible moment in time to be an esports, Fortnite and NRG fan. The World Cup took place over the course of three days at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City and was watched by millions of fans around the world. The entire NRG competitive Fortnite squad double qualified in both Singles and Duos for the world's best-of-the-best competition.
On Saturday, NRG Zayt kicked off the duos competition with his partner Ghost Saf by taking the first Victory Royale of a 6 round point-based tournament. Zayt and Saf held on to the #1 spot for over 3 hours and the first five rounds before tripping up at the very end and dropping to fourth overall, but pulling in a cool $900k for the squad in the process. NRG names were all over the duos leader board with EpikWhale and partner taking 12th and fan favorites MrSavage and Benjyfish taking 14th. Sunday brought the main event to NYC, the solos championship. EpikWhale, who signed with us shortly before the World Cup began and who qualified with a computer he built on a street sign, played consistent and intelligent Fortnite staying in striking distance of the leaders heading into the 6th and final found where he made his move. The 16 year old straight A student from Rodondo Beach, CA destroyed the final round picking up huge points and moving into 3rd place on the leaderboard when the dust settled, securing our biggest purse of the weekend at $1,200,000! Benjyfishy and Mr.Savage again won the hearts of fans with their play and personality during the event finishing strong and picking up more total cash for NRG.
NRG's huge rise in popularity was never more evident than in the lead up the World Cup as NRG held a meet and greet sponsored by Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs at the 368 Gaming Studio in Tribeca where more than 1,000 fans turned out to meet Symfuhny, benjyfishy, MrSavage, EpikWhale, and Zayt. Guests were treated to hot dogs from our sponsors (hand delivered by our own Andy Miller) and even though it was humid, hot, and lasted for more than 3 hours, our guys loved every second of it and were incredibly humbled to meet all of their fans. This really was a seminal week for NRG, as our social channels picked up tens of thousands of fans, we sold a bunch of merch, hit our first 1M view YouTube video and showed up strong with on site fan activities and brand activations. NRG ON TOP!
After being dominant in the GOATS meta for the first 3 stages of the season, the Overwatch League implemented a 2-2-2 role lock consisting of two tanks, two damage, and two supports at the beginning of Stage 4. Not gonna lie, a lot of people counted us out with this meta shift so late in the season. But in our first match against the Seoul Dynasty, we again claimed victory in convincing 3-1 fashion with Sinatraa still playing like an MVP. Oh, and we also took home the Nighthawk Router Rumble belt for the second time in a row!
While winning was not new this season, there were some new faces in the line-up as Striker, Architect, and Smurf all made appearances over the 4 maps after sitting on the bench all season. When we built this roster at the end of season one, our main goal was to include a deep bench to cover any meta possibility, and so far the strategy is paying off!
Lastly, the Shock’s fingerprints are all over the recently announced USA World Cup Team, as former players Sleepy and Danteh will join Moth, Super and Sinatraa on the Squad! Team USA is Team Shock. Very proud to have our boys rep the stars and stripes.
NRG Never Sleeps ...
No rest for the weary as NRG will be all over the map again this weekend.
Nairo and HookGangGod will be competing at EVO (Evolution Championship Series) this weekend starting August 2nd at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Perhaps the most prestigious fighting game event of the year, the guys have been training hard and both say they are in top form and ready to go. And Nairo could be getting some extra love as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has secured their spot in primetime and will be the featured event as the tournament wraps up on Sunday; a spot reserved for the biggest esports title at the time of the event! In addition, a camera crew from Nintendo will be following Nairo around all weekend. Also, about 1500 miles away, Dizzy, Ace and Mohr will invade the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for Apex Legends at the X-Games! Broadcast live on ESPN all weekend, this is yet again another big platform for esports and NRG will be at the forefront.