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NRG CURRENT: ACROSS THE COUNTRY

SHOCK

For the first time ever, the entire Shock team visited the Bay Area last week to get to know their home market and meet fans in San Francisco!  The trip started in Burbank as the boys boarded the bus for the 6-hour journey up state. Halfway through, they made a pit stop where things got heated and a ghost pepper challenge made for a fun way to break up the trip. After a good night’s sleep the first stop in the morning was the Googleplex in Mountain view, where the team toured the campus and had an impromptu meet and greet with fans on site! Next they stopped for some fun in the sun at the lake nearby and then concluded the day with a BBQ at NRG founder Andy Miller’s place! The next day featured the fan meet and greet where fans waited eagerly at Aquatic Park for the team to arrive. For many this would be the first time they saw the whole team in person and the turnout was incredible!  With hundreds of fans lined up, the team saw just how much the Bay Area supports their favorite OWL team. Special thanks to the Shockwaves, our super fan club, for helping us set this up! After the meet and greet the team got to experience San Francisco in classic style with a scenic bike tour of the Golden Gate Bridge and ferry ride back to the wharf!  It was fantastic having them up here, and we’re excited for 2020 when SF truly becomes their home! 

ROCKET LEAGUE

Our Rocket League trio of Fireburner, JSTN and GarrettG started Dreamhack in Dallas incredibly strong with 3-0 sweeps against their first 2 opponents! Good thing because Dad was watching J.  The next day the team swept Vitality, among the favorites to win it all, AND only allowed them one goal! TSM was up next and they proved to be a tough match. We fell in the Winner’s Semifinal in a  5-game match but later bounced back against ICON to move on to the Lower Bracket Semis. Unfortunately our match against Dignitas and a sick Justin knocked us out of the tournament after a deep run.  Now the team gets ready for the big one; the RLCS Season 7 World Championships at the end of the month at the Prudential Center in NJ!

CSGO

It was a long week for the CSGO boys. After the Summit on Sunday, they flew immediately to Dallas for Dreamhack to begin their journey on Tuesday.   A rough start and loss against Furia sent them to the lower bracket, but they bounced back against Cloud 9 to move on to Day 3. We took on G2 Esports next in an exciting 3 game series that included an OT clutch play from Brehze. Unfortunately though, that was where the journey ended, as they fell to G2 in game 3. On to the ECS Lan Final this weekend.  Stay tuned to NRG Current for all the action!

FIGHTING GAMES

Nairo had an up and down journey at Smash N Splash last week.  He started strong in doubles with Wizzy, where they made it to the Grand Finals and became the champs! He also easily made it into Top 64 singles, where he faced Captain Zack’s Bayonetta and won 3-2. That is where our Smash stud’s journey ended though after a tough fight with Void.  Nairo gets a little time off now but we will keep you up to speed on everything he is doing this summer! 

BATTLE ROYALE

This weekend in Battle Royale, our Apex crew competed in the FaceIt Pro Series! Dizzy was his godlike self of course, and the boys took home second overall!  On the Fortnite front, NRG went head to head as Benjy and Savage competed in the celeb and pro filled Friday Fortnite Tournament. They won big in the early rounds against legendary Fortnite streamer Ninja in front of a 100k+ sized audience. After losing in the semis, they got sent to the losers bracket where they squared off with the Ninja duo again in a rematch. After winning a second time, MrSavage hit his all-time peak viewership of 127k live concurrent viewers, and advanced to the finals. To no one’s surprise, NRG ended up on top as Savage and Benjy took first in the whole tourney! That impressive performance even earned a shout out from Keemstar himself! By far a career defining moment for our dynamic duo.

AROUND NRG

The growth of our social platforms continues to blow us away.  So THANK YOU for 400k on Instagram, NRG Fam!! We wouldn’t be the fastest growing org without our incredible fans and all of you who support us!
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SONY CRACKLE RELEASES TEASER FOR FIRST ESPORTS DOCU-SERIES, ‘HOOK’D WITH NRG ESPORTS

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SONY CRACKLE ANNOUNCES AND RELEASES TEASER FOR FIRST ESPORTS DOCU-SERIES, ‘HOOK’D,’ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NRG ESPORTS AND COMPLEX NETWORKS, SLATED TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, JULY 27

 

FREE STREAMING NETWORK TO SIMULTANEOUSLY KICK OFF SERIES WITH TWITCH LIVESTREAM EVENT

 

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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 www.sonycrackle.com 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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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Morgan Di Stefano – Sony Crackle

310-244-9219

Morgan_DiStefano@spe.sony.com

 

Jennifer Huppert – Sony Crackle

310-244-9302

Jennifer_Huppert@spe.sony.com 

 

Emily Hunter for Sony Crackle

212-983-9898

EmilyH@ferencomm.com


 

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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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.