NRG Esports

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NRG Esports
Founded2015
Key people
Andy Miller (CEO)
Revenue$20 million [1]
Total equity Increase2.svg $155 million [1]
Subsidiaries San Francisco Shock
Website www.nrg.gg

NRG Esports is an American professional esports organization based in Los Angeles, California. It has rosters in Apex Legends , Clash Royale , Dragon Ball FighterZ , Fortnite , Gears of War , Hearthstone , Overwatch , Rocket League , Valorant , Speedrunning and a number of streamers on the internet platform Twitch.

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History

The team was founded by Sacramento Kings co-owners Mark Mastrov and Andy Miller in November 2015. [2]

In March 2016 NRG announced that Alex Rodriguez, Shaquille O'Neal and Jimmy Rollins were joining as investors. [3] On April 20, 2018, Tiesto was announced as an investor. [4]

In August 2017, the Canadian esports company Northern Gaming was acquired by NRG. [5] Northern Gaming's co-owners were rolled into NRG, making twitch streamer Sodapoppin a named advisor and co-owner. [6]

In September 2019, it was announced that Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez had joined as co-CEO, [7] after another announcement the same day that Hector and the Immortals Gaming Club had parted ways. [8]

On August 24, 2020, Tubefilter announced that NRG partnered with Shots Studios, a Los Angeles-based production and management company, for content production, social strategy, and merchandising. [9]

Current divisions

Apex Legends

On February 11, 2019, NRG became one of the first organizations to sign a professional Apex Legends player with the signing of Coby "Dizzy" Meadows. [10] The team signed Brandon "Ace" Winn and Marshall "Mohr" Mohr in March and May, respectively, to round out its three-player squad. [11] [12] Dizzy competed in the first-ever Apex Legends Pro-Am, securing 1st place, the tournament's MVP award, and a $23,000 charitable donation to the V Foundation. [13] Following the retirement of Dizzy in December 2019, [14] [15] [16] the team picked up their new talent Joseph "Frexs" Sanchez in the beginning of January, about a month later. [17]

Current roster

NRG Esports Apex Legends roster
PlayersCoaches
HandleNameNationality
sweetdreams Sexton, Chris  United States 
Nafen Nguyen, Nathan  United States 
rocker Grodin, Aidan  United States 
Head coach
  • Vacant

Legend
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Emojione BW 1F503.svg Substitute
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injury / Illness

Latest roster transaction: May 5, 2020.

Overwatch

On August 3, NRG signed the members of the former Overwatch team Luminosity Gaming. [18] NRG owns the Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock, whose roster is listed below. NRG owned an Overwatch Contenders team competing as the Shock's academy team up until May 8, 2019, when they withdrew their participation in the tournament. [19]

Current roster

Rocket League

NRG Esports signed the Kings of Urban roster after a strong finish in their region in RLCS Season 1 in 2016. [20] RLCS Season 2 saw NRG bow out of the RLCS finals after a loss to Flipsid3 Tactics, finishing 5-6th. In the off-season, GarrettG was picked up from his former team Orbit, replacing Sadjunior. This new roster achieved a 3rd-place finish in the RLCS Season 3 finals, losing out to the eventual champions in Northern Gaming. After a disappointing last-place finish in the RLCS Season 4 Finals, NRG dropped mainstay and fan-favorite Jacob for rookie prodigy jstn. With jstn, NRG came one goal away from becoming the Rocket League world champions in Season 5. After going undefeated in both regular season and the first two days of the RLCS tournament, NRG met Dignitas in the Grand Finals. Dignitas reset the bracket with a 4–1 win in the first best-of-seven, which meant one final series would crown the champs. In Game 7, NRG trailed by one goal in the final moments, but jstn scored a last-second goal to send the game into overtime, where they ultimately lost. NRG would continue to dominate RLCS regional play in seasons 6 and 7, only to fall short of expectations at both finals. Several days after the end of Season 7, NRG legend Fireburner announced he was stepping away from competitive Rocket League. Nearly a month later, it was announced that three-time RLCS champion Turbopolsa, a member of the same Dignitas team that defeated NRG for the world title in season 5, would replace Fireburner, becoming the first player to make a cross-region move from Europe to North America. Months after Turbopolsa's move to North America, NRG Esports would finally go on to win the Rocket League World Championship series on December 15, 2019, beating Renault Vitality in a seven-game Grand Finals with jstn scoring the winning goal in overtime. They would then drop Turbopolsa in order to sign SquishyMuffinz, a player coming from the recently disbanded team Cloud9. With this roster, they went on to win RLCS X North American Championship, and lose in the Grand Finals of Fall Major RLCS 11 to Team BDS. [21]

Current roster

NRG Esports Rocket League roster
PlayersCoaches
HandleNameNationality
GarrettG Gordon, Garrett  United States 
jstn. Morales, Justin  United States 
SquishyMuffinz Arruda, Mariano  Canada 
Musty Wyatt  United States 
Head coach
  • Emiliano "Sizz" Benny

Legend
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Emojione BW 1F503.svg Substitute
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injury / Illness

Latest roster transaction: March 2, 2021.

Valorant

On 8 October 2020, NRG entered the Valorant scene. Officially signing Damian "Daps" Steele, Sam "s0m" Oh, and coach Chet Singh. [22]

Current roster

NRG Esports Valorant roster
PlayersCoaches
HandleNameNationality
s0m Oh, Sam  United States 
eeiu Vucenovic, Daniel  Canada 
ANDROID Fodor, Bradley  Canada 
tex Botsch, Ian  United States 
hazed Cobb, James  United States 
Head coach
  • Josh "JoshRT" Lee

Legend
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Emojione BW 1F503.svg Substitute
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injury / Illness

Latest roster transaction: November 10, 2021.

Former divisions

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

On 23 January 2016, NRG entered CS:GO with signing the ex-Method roster. [23] 11 months later on 19 December, NRG completely changed their roster. [24] On 27 July 2017, Peter "ptr" Gurney, who was the only player remaining from the original roster, left the team, replaced by Bulgarian Cvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov a month later. [25] [26] In March 2018, NRG won the iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2018, beating Team Liquid. [27] NRG's second victory came 5 months later in August 2018, after winning IEM Shangai 2018. [28] NRG defeated OpTic Gaming to win cs_summit 3 in November 2018. [29] On 28 February 2019, NRG signed former Cloud9 and MiBR member Tarık "tarik" Çelik to replace Jacob "FugLy" Medina. [30]

On 26 September 2019, the NRG roster was acquired by Evil Geniuses, ending the 4 year CS:GO campaign of the organization. [31]

Dragon Ball FighterZ

NRG entered the Dragon Ball FighterZ scene in 2018 with the signing of Eduardo "HookGangGod" Deno. [32] His first win under the NRG banner was at Summit of Power 2018 where he took down SonicFox to take the title. [33] Eduardo was also featured in his very own docuseries on Sony Crackle called "Hook'D". The 4-part series featured a cameo appearance from Shaquille O'Neal and debuted on July 27, 2018. [34] NRG released HookGangGod on January 13, 2020. [35]

Smite

On September 1, 2016, NRG acquired defending Smite World Champions team Panthera. [36] The team joined the organization following a hugely successful first 12 months; qualifying for Worlds as European runners up before dropping just 2 games on their way to the title. They followed this up by going 24–4 in the Spring split to qualify for the Dreamhack Masters in June, dominating the tournament and going undefeated 8–0 to be crowned Champions. The team has most recently won the 2016-2017 Smite World Champions. On December 13, 2018, NRG officially ended their Smite division. [37]

Super Smash Bros.

NRG signed New Jersey native Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada for their Super Smash Bros. division in August 2016. [38] On July 2, 2020, NRG cut ties with Nairo after allegations that he had been engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor in April 2017, effectively ending the team's Super Smash Bros. division. [39]

Table of championships

DateGameEventRef.
November 12, 2016Rocket LeagueRLCS Season 2 NA Regionals [40]
January 8, 2017Smite Smite World Championship [41]
May 6, 2017Rocket LeagueRLCS Season 3 NA Regionals [42]
July 16, 2017Rocket LeagueFACEIT X Games [43]
June 10, 2018Dragon Ball FighterZSummit of Power [33]
July 29, 2018SmiteSMITE Summer Split 2018 [44]
August 6, 2018Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveIEM Shanghai 2018 [45]
October 13, 2018Rocket LeagueRLCS Season 6 NA Regionals [46]
November 4, 2018Counter-Strike: Global Offensivecs_summit 3 [47]
May 11, 2019Rocket LeagueRLCS Season 7 NA Regionals [48]
August 18, 2019Rocket LeagueRocket League Summit 1 [49]
September 9, 2019Super Smash Bros. UltimateMainstage 2019 [50]
September 29, 2019Overwatch 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals [51]
December 15, 2019Rocket LeagueRLCS Season 8 [21]
October 10, 2020Overwatch 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals [52]
February 28, 2021Rocket LeagueRLCSX NA Winter Major [53]

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