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 https://val.gg/californiacup.

For more information on the Northern California event, visit sfs.gg/calicup18


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: LAValiant.com, facebook.com/LAValiant, 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: NRG.gg, shock.overwatchleague.com and follow @SFShock on Twitter.

Media Contacts

For the Los Angeles Valiant

Jen Neale


For the San Francisco Shock

Julian Cantwell


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: http://www.clickmgmt.com.au

For more information on NRG, visit: http://www.nrg.gg/


The Click full talent roster can be found here: http://bit.ly/click-talent-bios-2018

The Click house tour: https://youtu.be/c9tjuZcEp7U

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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.

NRG Esports

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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 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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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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Announcing the Overwatch NorCal Corporate Circuit



San Francisco Shock Announces

Overwatch NorCal Corporate Circuit with After Hours Gaming League

The unique partnership between a corporate league and professional esports organization will raise funds benefiting Extra Life and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO –  July 13, 2018 – NRG Esports, the San Francisco Shock and the After Hours Gaming League today announced a philanthropic partnership between the corporate charity league and the San Francisco-based professional esports organization. As a partner in AHGL’s Fall program, NRG and the San Francisco Shock will collaborate alongside additional sponsors to launch a Fall Overwatch tournament featuring Northern California based companies. The Shock and the AHGL will also be donating the proceeds to the Bay Area Extra Life guild benefiting the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

The announcement comes on the heels of AHGL’s previous charitable endeavor in the Spring of 2018, when they raised $21,550 on behalf of the winning teams and had over 1700 players participating. AHGL’s reach extends beyond Overwatch, with tournaments across multiple esports titles including Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft II, and more.

“Our partnership with local Overwatch League team, the San Francisco Shock, enables us to further our mission of building gaming communities within companies while supporting charity,” said Sean 'Day[9]' Plott, the AHGL's co-founder. "Together, we'll deliver a great player experience both online and at the in person finals, while also raising money and awareness for Extra Life.”

“The Shock is always striving to give back to its local community, so when we were presented with the opportunity to collaborate with the After Hours Gaming League, we didn’t hesitate” said Andy Miller, owner and CEO of NRG and the San Francisco Shock. “AHGL has done amazing charity work in recent years, bringing esports communities together for great causes. We’re incredibly thrilled to be partnering up with them for the Overwatch NorCal Corporate Circuit.”

The tournament will kick off with the preseason on August 25th, followed by weekly online matches that will culminate in a live LAN event in the Bay Area. Weekly featured matches will be casted and streamed with the help of talent from Broadcast.gg, the local esports broadcasting community.


About the After Hours Gaming League

The After Hours Gaming League is a modern twist on traditional corporate sports leagues like softball and basketball. They encourage fun, teamwork, and friendly competition on the battlefields of top esports titles, all while making charitable contributions to amazing causes.


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 investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.


About Broadcast.gg

Broadcast.gg is a community of esports broadcasters that equips members with the tools, resources and methodologies they need to succeed in all aspects of esports broadcasting. The organization was key in providing high quality broadcasts for Overwatch’s Open Division, and is currently casting Season 2 of Overwatch Contenders in the Chinese and South American regions.

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


Media Contacts:

Eric Burkhart, After Hours Gaming League


(415) 315-9934


David Swartz, NRG Esports


(917) 714-1229

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Chris Mann joins NRG as VP of Marketing and Partnerships


 NRG bring on new Vice President

NRG Esports is excited to announce the hiring Chris Mann as our new VP of Marketing and Partnerships for NRG and the SF Shock.  With more than 15 years of experience working in the sports business, Chris brings a wealth of brand marketing knowledge to NRG. 

Having followed the rise of esports closely, Chris joined Endeavor Global Marketing in 2016, jumping at the opportunity to work with an agency at the forefront of the growing esports vertical.   At Endeavor, Chris served as the Senior Account Director overseeing T-Mobile's entry into esports. During that time, he worked on partnerships with Riot Games, Blizzard, Twitch, TSM, Cloud9, the Houston Outlaws along with the Overwatch League and World Cup. 

Prior to joining Endeavor, Chris worked on partnerships with properties including the UFC, NHL, DreamWorks, MLB, and NFL. On the brand side, Chris has supported PepsiCo, Campbells, Sirius, York and more on their sponsorships.

After 15+ years working with blue chip brands to navigate their sport partnerships, I am excited to bring my experience to a premier esports organization” said Mann.  NRG is primed to be major player across esports through the orgs strategic investments across the Overwatch League, franchised Clash Royale league and top tier teams in games such as CSGO, Dragon Ball and more. I look forward to being part of NRG family and its continued growth.”

Chris graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Sport Management and credits his success to strong relationship building and passion for gaming. He currently plays HearthStone, PUBG, Overwatch, Fortnite and Arena of Valor.


About NRG Esports

NRG Esports is a San Francisco-based esports organization competing in nine 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 investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

Hazard, Guanek and Coach Chief J join NRG Clash Royale

At NRG Esports we live to play, and it is now time for some serious mobile gaming action! Enter NRG Esports first Clash Royale League (CRL) signings. We are thrilled to announce the core of our Clash squad with the addition of Buzby “Hazard” Robb and Alessio “Guanek” Grancagnolo as our first two players for the inaugural season.

Buzby hails from Rhode Island and started playing Clash Royale in February of 2016. He has made an instant impact on the Clash community through his ridiculous play and smart content creation. Buzby’s close friend and partner in crime Alessio joins the NRG squad from Sicily, Italy. Alessio hit the Clash scene as a 3x World Ladder champion and has finished in the top 10 20+ times. He also was the Sus cup winner as a captain and player.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to do what I love with my good friend Guanek, someone who I have looked up to since the early stages of ladder. I can’t wait to start competing and see how much this team can help me grow as a player, content creator, and whatever else may come in the future!” - Buzby “Hazard” Robb

“As a mobile entrepreneur, I couldn’t be more excited for NRG to enter the Clash League as one of the founding franchises.  With recognized stars like Hazard and Guanek we have the core of a top-flight team. Can’t wait to put the rest of the squad together and show the world what we can do.”  - Andy Miller, Founder + CEO, NRG Esports.


NRG is also excited to announce the signing of Joel Meler as Clash Head Coach. Joel has deep experience and strong technical skill having won 520,000 cards in game and being in the competitive scene for over a year.


“As a Clash Royale player since day one I can say that I'm pretty excited about the upcoming league for Clash Royale. Having the opportunity to be the head coach for NRG Esports is an amazing opportunity because of the people I get to work with. Hazard and Guanek are two of the best players in the world as well as two of the most humble. I see NRG Esports making an immediate impact in CRL.” Joel Meler, NRG Esports, Clash Royale Head Coach.


About Supercell

Supercell is a mobile game developer based in Helsinki, Finland, with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Its games are available for tablets and smartphones using both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. Since its founding in 2010, Supercell has brought four games to the market - Hay Day, Clash of Clans, Boom Beach and Clash Royale.


About NRG Esports

NRG Esports is a San Francisco-based esports organization competing in nine 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 investors include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez, alongside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.


Media Contacts:

David Swartz, NRG Esports


(917) 714-1229

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