Sunday during his set at TwitchCon, EDM producer and DJ Steve Aoki announced he is now an investor in Overwatch and Counter-Strike team Rogue. He stated that, “As many of my fans know, I’ve been a gamer all my life and have been getting more and more involved in eSports…I can finally take my love for gaming to the next level as an owner of Rogue, the professional eSports team. As an avid player of Overwatch, their dominance caught my eye and after getting to know them, I realized that we shared the same goals and interests in team building and competition.”
While the Las Vegas eSports team Rogue only formed back in May, it has already gained famous players such as Swedish star Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström and french player Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson. Rogue CEO Frank Villarreal noted the team’s growing popularity, and considered bringing on another financial backer. He stated that Aoki was a perfect match, that, “His genuine passion for the eSports scene was exactly what we were looking for,” Aoki’s actual level of investment in the team has not yet been disclosed.
This is big, with celebrities endorsing gaming teams they help the greater gaming community flush out talented gamers and build up stronger relationships between the greater medias such as news and sports. It’s another step in proving that videogames are more than just a bunch of dudes sitting in front of a TV screen, it’s a way of life.