hen Esports first started coming to prominence there were many traditional news outlets and sports media that simply were not buying into the idea that people playing video games competitively could neither garner mass appeal nor be financially viable.
Those misconceptions have since been well and truly put to bed. However, for all the naysayers and detractors there were those people who saw the light; people who put their money where their mouth was by investing in Esports teams big and small.
Here are some of the celebrity investors who jumped on the Esports bandwagon just as it was about to pick up steam and blast off into gaming heaven.
Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson
Sometimes when it comes to garnering investment entrepreneurs will know that a well-connected investor can be worth their weight in gold.
Such was the case for Esports giant Team Liquid, who first garnered the attention of the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, who then went about assembling a who’s who of the NBA’s great and good.
Now not only does Jordan have a stake in the team, but so too do his buddies Magic Johnson, the owner of the Washington Wizards Ted Leonsis, and Golden State Warriors big shots Kirk Lacob and Rick Welts.
The team has of course gone from strength to strength, backed by a group of investors who know full well how to go about picking the right team.