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G2 esports takes control of Minnesota Røkkr after new strategic partnership with Version1

G2 now has teams in eight major esports titles.

A strategic partnership between G2 esports and Version1 has been announced with the former expanding its footprint in North America. G2 esports now has a presence in Call of Duty via the Minnesota Røkkr, which is owned by Version1. 

The announcement means G2 will assume control of the Minnesota Røkkr and mark G2 esports’ entry into the Call of Duty League. G2’s expansion into yet another esports FPS title cements its place as one of the premier esports orgs in the industry today. 

G2 enters into strategic partnership with Version1

Version1 ownership (WISE Ventures) will now become G2 esports shareholders.

This strategic partnership brings us a step closer to our goal of expanding into the truly global esports organization. We’ve established ourselves as a powerhouse in Europe and it’s no secret that North America, alongside expansion into Asia, is a big priority for us. 

Alban Dechelotte, CEO of G2 Esports 

G2 esports is not a new name for Call of Duty fans. The org was involved in CoD before the franchising era. The organization last fielded a team in 2019 but has since had no presence in Call of Duty after failing to qualify for the CWL Pro League.

We can’t wait to bring the G2 way to yet another esports league with Minnesota Røkkr in the Call of Duty League™; it’s one of the most exciting leagues in North America with highly engaged and passionate fans. We’re excited to show them how G2 does things, and look forward to winning more trophies for our North American fans.

Alban Dechelotte, CEO of G2 Esports 

Earlier this year, G2 esports secured its spot in the VALORANT Champions Tour after signing the former Guard roster. The Guard won VCT 2023: Ascension Americas but failed to meet the deadline to agree to the Team Participation Agreement for VCT Americas.

What happens to Version1?

The Version1 brand will now be on hold and will not field any esports rosters. The org has a significant presence in esports with multiple rosters across different games. Version1 has fielded rosters in Rocket League and VALORANT. Shopify Rebellion acquired the Version1 VALORANT roster last month. The team would then go on to win Game Changers 2023 after a thrilling five-map series in the Grand Finals.

I am excited about the next chapter for the Version1 story. We continue to believe in the future of esports and know partnering with a top tier organization such as G2 will best position our group for future success.” 

Jonathan Wilf, President & Ownership Partner of Version1

Earlier this year, in an interview with Alex Lee for Digiday, the Version1 COO, Brett Diamond said they were looking to pursue a merger or an acquisition.

Today, there are esports organizations that have the scale and audience reach of NFL teams, and those organizations are in a much different position than organizations that started in the last few years. So we’re clearly seeing consolidation across the industry;

Version1 COO Brett Diamond

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