Overwatch League franchise Washington Justice has hired Grant Paranjape as its Vice President of Esports Business.
Paranjape will lead business and team operations for Washington Justice, and will be aiming to expand the franchise’s local fanbase ahead of home and away games being incorporated into the league in 2020.
Mark Ein, Majority Owner of Washington Justice discussed the hire in an announcement: “We are committed to building a world-class esports organization starting with the Washington Justice and expanding into other titles. Bringing on an experienced industry veteran like Grant is critical to building our foundation for success. Grant’s proven business development expertise combined with his passion for esports is a terrific addition for our franchise’s leadership team.”
Paranjape previously served as Head of Business Development at Splyce from May 2016 to July 2017, and then moved on to act as the Director of Esports Business and Team Operations at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
Paranjape also commented: “I am incredibly excited to join the Washington Justice organization and continue their efforts in making the Justice a premier esports team,” said Paranjape. “They’ve done an impressive job of using the Overwatch League as a platform to quickly grow a substantial fanbase and to bring the DC esports community together around the franchise. I look forward to building on this early success and growing the organization for years to come.”
Esports Insider says: Washington Justice is doing right by preparing its local fanbase with this hire. Home and away games will be a big test for the Overwatch League next year, and fan reception will undoubtedly be a huge factor in it being perceived a success (or otherwise).