This week in esports: Imagine Dragons, Gen.G, OpTic in India, Hans Christian Dürr

This week in esports has seen plenty of unpredictable, exciting developments come into fruition. We understand that it’s not always easy to stay on top of everything that happens – especially when there are so many titles and organisations involved in the scene. That’s why we’ve rounded up the most interesting stories for you.

We’ve seen Imagine Dragons invest in an esports company, KSV eSports ditch its old identity, OpTic Gaming expand into India, and FC Schalke 04’s Head of Esports leave for Riot Games in just one week!

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Imagine Dragons members and management invest in ReKTGlobal and Rogue

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ReKTGlobal announced that both members and management of Imagine Dragons has invested in the company. Band members Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon have gone as far as becoming co-owners of ReKTGlobal’s esports organisation, Rogue.

Imagine Dragons is not the only member of the music industry that’s involved with the company; Steve Aoki sold Rogue to ReKTGlobal earlier this year, and together, they plan on entering franchised titles such as League of Legends and Overwatch in the future.

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KSV eSports rebrands to Gen.G, enters Clash Royale


KSV eSports has officially rebranded as Gen.G as the organisation’s focus now includes “establishing a new gold standard for global esports.” KSV was a combination of Korea and Silicon Valley.

Along with the announcement of the rebranding, Gen.G has acquire a roster as its official team for the upcoming Clash Royale League by Supercell. This expansion makes sense considering the organisation’s leadership team has vast experience in the world of mobile gaming.

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OpTic Gaming partners with AFK Gaming, SoStronk for Indian CS:GO team

OpTic Gaming India

OpTic Gaming has entered a partnership with AFK Gaming and SoStronk to form an Academy team with an all-Indian roster in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Tryouts for this team kick off with May 7th, with players undergoing “an extensive evaluation based on psychometric and theoretical tests in addition to role-based and in-game analysis.”

Players who make it through the initial tryouts will be shortlisted and carefully scouted by SoStronk’s Prashant “Aequitas” Prabhakar and Ali “Alicus” Saba, Scouting Director of Infinite Esports and Entertainment. The process will conclude in May 12-13th, where a new roster will be formed.

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Hans Christian Dürr joins Riot Games as Head of Esports DACH

Hans Christian Dürr Riot Games

Hans Christian Dürr, the former Head of Esports for FC Schalke 04, has accepted a position at Riot Games. In this new role, entitled Head of Esports DACH, Dürr is responsible for aiding the growth of League of Legends esports in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

With past experience working with two teams that are currently competing in the EU LCS, Dürr is seemingly more qualified than most for this position.

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