eSports & Gaming

Soulja Boy declares esports franchise interest

Rapper cites influence of Fortnite star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.

by Nick Friend

Soulja Boy declares esports franchise interest

US rapper Soulja Boy has revealed that he is looking to build his own esports organisation, with teams that would compete in Overwatch, Fortnite, Call of Duty and Counterstrike.

Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has been helping the artist, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, understand the streaming and competitive aspects of the gaming industry and now Way wants to get into the industry.

In an interview with US outlet TMZ, he said: “Honestly, I’m starting a gaming org in 2019. We’re going to be finding and hiring talent, I’m putting together a team for Fortnite, putting together a team for Call of Duty, putting together a team for Overwatch, Counter-Strike, all of that.”

As part of his gradually increasing presence in the esports industry, Soulja Boy released the SouljaGame Console and SouljaGame Handheld earlier in December. The branded consoles will reportedly house more than 800 classic games from Nintendo and PlayStation.

Soulja Boy’s arrival on the gaming scene would see him join fellow recording artist Drake, with the Canadian having invested in 100 Thieves, the US esports team founded by former Call of Duty player Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag.