Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert has become the latest investor in global esports organisation ReKTGlobal.
A keen gamer, the National Basketball Association (NBA) star becomes a co-owner of the organisation, the parent company of esports team Rogue, and will help support the growth and worldwide expansion of the two entities through strategic integrations and partnerships. He will also co-host livestreams and deliver fan content alongside current Rogue players.
Gobert, the NBA’s two-time reigning defensive player of the year, joins other high-profile investors, including EDM stars Steve Aoki and DJ Nicky Romero, pop rock band Imagine Dragons and Latin music producer Tainy.
The Frenchman’s involvement comes fresh off Rogue’s announcement of their Call of Duty London franchise team and multi-year deal with popular Fortnite competitor DrLupo.
Amish Shah, co-founder of ReKTGlobal, said: “A passionate and longtime gamer, Rudy also brings a strong business acumen and fresh ideas to the table. As he’s been wanting to invest in esports and get more involved in the gaming industry, we are honoured that he selected ReKTGlobal to partner with, and we are excited to have him on board as our first traditional professional sports athlete.”
Gobert added: “I’ve wanted to invest in and get more involved in esports for a while, and I’m really excited to make history with the ReKTGlobal family. For years now, I’ve used gaming to unwind and relax during the season. It’s also how I manage to keep up with my friends when I’m on the road. I’m especially looking forward to playing with the new Call of Duty franchise team before they begin competing next year.”