Minnesota RøKKR has been unveiled ahead of the franchised Call of Duty League.
Owned by WISE Ventures Esports and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, the franchise’s name, logo, and colours have been announced.
As explained by Brett Diamond in his interview with Esports Insider, “We wanted something that was unique, but we also wanted something that stayed true to those goals that we started out with at the beginning of having something that made sense for this region. Eventually we came to RøKKR and really liked how that played in a lot of different ways.”
“The logo itself is intended to be this mysterious helmeted figure emerging from the shadows and you’re ready to join the battle of Ragnarök,” Diamond explained. The brand has a main colour of purple and is accented with blue.
The franchise has signed Adam “Assault” Garcia, Adam “GodRx” Brown, Justin “SiLLY” Fargo, Alex “Alexx” Carpenter, Obaid “Asim” Asim, Kaden “Exceed” Stockdale, and Devin “TTinyy” Robinson to its roster. It has also recruited Jacob “REPPIN” Trobaugh and Brian “Saintt” Baroska as its analyst and head coach, respectively.
Esports Insider spoke with Ashley “MiDNiTE” Glassel on joining Minnesota RøKKR when it was announced in August. We also chatted with Diamond at this year’s Call of Duty World League Championship later that month.
Franchises that have been confirmed at the time of writing include London Royal Ravens, Dallas Empire, Los Angeles Guerrillas, New York Subliners, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, Toronto Ultra, Atlanta FaZe, and Florida Mutineers.
Franchises yet to be revealed are as follows: NRG Esports’ Chicago, c0ntact Gaming’s Paris, and Enthusiast Gaming’s Seattle.
Esports Insider says: This brand certainly stands out among the others that have been announced so far. It’s cool to see that a lot of thought went into it, from its ties to both Norse mythology and the Minnesota Vikings. While we’re sure not everybody will love what WISE Ventures Esports went with, it’ll likely resonate with its local fan base.