European esports organisation QLASH has announced Italian MMA fighter Marvin Vettori as its latest investor.
According to the release, Vettori joins the organisation on account of his ‘great relationship with the club and its administration’. Financial figures of the investment have not been revealed.
Vettori commented: “I am very excited to be part of this innovative project that QLASH is leading. I believe esports is the future, and they are an opportunity for the new generations. I strongly believe QLASH will take this game to the next level, and I am glad to be an important part of it”.
The MMA fighter joins the likes of Real Betis footballer Victor Camarasa as an investor in the organisation. Professional poker players Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Jeff Gross have also joined the organisation as investors.
Moreover, QLASH is recently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign. As of this writing, the organisation has raised over €1m (~£845,822).
Vettori is currently in fifth place in the UFC Middleweight Division with a record of 17 wins, five losses and one draw.
Luca Pagano, Co-Founder and CEO of QLASH, added: “Marvin Vettori joining QLASH shows how crucial is for us to join forces with the sports world. We work every day to be a bridge between traditional sports and esports and having a world-class UFC fighter becoming not only an investor but also a talent in QLASH confirms that.
“We are glad to have Marvin bringing his investment and image to QLASH and joining a list of well-known sportsmen like poker players Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Jeff Gross, Spanish footballer Victor Camarasa, and many others we are thrilled to announce soon”.
Esports Insider says: It’s always exciting to see traditional athletes invest in the esports industry. Vettori joins QLASH’s growing list of investors, which highlights how much the organisation has grown over the last 12 months.