Neil Leibman, co-owner of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Texas Rangers, has acquired the majority stake in OpTic Gaming, a US-based professional esports organisation and competitive gaming team.
The US billionaire has also created a new holding company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, which will house OpTic Gaming alongside other esports ventures to be developed out of Dallas.
OpTic has reportedly secured a spot in Riot Games’ North American League Championship Series, the official and newly franchised league for North American League of Legends players. It also has a team in Blizzard’s Overwatch League, the Houston Outlaws. Pre-season for that competition will get underway next month before the launch of the inaugural season in January.
Leibman joins a growing list of high-profile Overwatch League team owners or investors from within the sports industry, with franchise fees set at US$20 million. Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of National Football League (NFL) champions New England Patriots, owns the Boston Uprising, while New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon owns New York Excelsior.