Stan Kroenke has invested in an eSports team: the Los Angeles Gladiators.
Never let it be said that Kroenke is out of touch – at least when it comes to earning himself money.
Arsenal’s majority shareholder has invested in eSports team, Los Angeles Gladiators.
The LAG play in a new computer game league known as the Overwatch league. Overwatch is a shooting game in which opposing players – or teams – can compete against each other.
The league ‘kicks off’ next month.
eSports are growing at an alarming rate.
According to the Strait Times, the United States-based Sports journal claims that put of a list of the top 50 most influential people last year, 10 were from eSports.
Apparently, they could even feature in the 2024 Olympic games in Paris as the Olympic Committee now recognises them as genuine sports.
eSports are estimated to reach 385 million people world wide, mainly through online streaming services such as Twitch, and it’s projected that eSports will be worth a staggering $1.5bn by 2020 after growing 34% since last year.
Kroenke knows where to invest his money it seems. Other eSport investors include pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez, who invested $15m, and F1 driver Fernando Alonso.
The American entrepreneur also owns the LA Rams, Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.