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ESPORTS HUDDLE: TIK TOK STARS INVEST IN REKTGLOBAL, ‘LEAGUE OF LEGENDS’ GREAT RETIRES

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ReKTGlobal, a major esports organization and parent company of European team Rogue, has announced the addition of TikTok influencers Griffin Johnson and Josh Richards as investors.

The two influencers, part of the “Sway LA” TikTok collaboration house, have earned more than 50 million followers combined.

With their investment into ReKTGlobal, which also runs the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens, the duo will be tasked with developing new content for the brand, including “merchandise collaborations” and “promotional activations.”

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal, said. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Other investors with ReKTGlobal include popular musical acts Imagine Dragons and Steve Aoki, the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Landon Collins of the NFL’s Washington Football Team.

Meanwhile, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, widely considered to be one of the greatest North American League of Legends players in history, has announced his retirement from competitive play. Peng made the announcement via a TwitLonger post, saying, “I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of the one thing in life I have loved above all else.”

Peng’s final season saw him bring Team SoloMid to the number one overall seed in North America, only to lose every match in the Worlds 2020 Group Stage. Peng has not announced his future plans as of this writing.

Elsewhere in the world of competitive gaming:

Fall Guys Eclipses 11 Million Copies Sold on PC

Indie developer MediaTonic is celebrating a major milestone this week, recognizing its 15th anniversary in game development. The company released a short video on YouTube listing some of their biggest achievements, including 130 titles shipped.

Just in time for the milestone MediaTonic also announced its summer 2020 smash hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has surpassed 11 million copies sold on PC, with 113 million hours of gameplay consumed in its first month and over 545 million eliminations combined across all players in September alone. Season 3 of Fall Guys, revealed as a winter theme late last week, has been teased by the game’s official Twitter to be part of The Game Awards next week.

Ninjas in Pyjamas Exits DOTA 2 Competitive Scene

Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas has announced it will be leaving the competitive DOTA 2 scene after five seasons. The team announced the decision via a blog post, calling the decision, “The end of a chapter in the thick tome that represents the Ninjas in Pyjamas DOTA legacy”

“Effective today, we’re releasing our current roster and shuttering our European DOTA 2 division,” the post continues.

The team also released its entire roster of players, which includes Charlie “CharlieDota” Arat, Adrian “Era” Kryeziu, Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek and Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha. Each player is now considered a free agent and is free to sign with any other team.

Overwatch Star Super Re-Ups With San Francisco Shock

Matthew “Super” Delisi, tank player on both of the San Francisco Shock’s back-to-back championship teams, has re-signed for the 2021 season. Delisi, an original member of the Shock during the Overwatch League’s inaugural season in 2017, was listed as a free agent after the league’s 2021 Contract Status post in late October. He joins fellow teammates Choi “ChoiHyoBin” Hyo-Bin, Park “Viol2t” Min-ki and Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo in pursuit of a third straight Overwatch League championship.

TeamLiquid StarLeague Star Craft II Competitions Returns With TSL6

One of the longest running StarCraft II tournaments in the world, the TeamLiquid StarLeague, is returning with a brand new 32-player tournament later this week. Dubbed “TSL6,” the event will feature 32 of the top StarCraft II players from the European, North American, and South Korean server. Eight competitors have already been decided, the list including host Team Liquid’s own Clément “Clem” Desplanches, with the other 24 slots decided by open qualifiers throughout the week. The first match in the main 32-player bracket will begin at 8AM Pacific/11AM Eastern this Saturday, December 5.

 

Photo courtesy of ReKTGlobal

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