Dion Waiters joins Centric Gaming as an investor, looking to make a splash in esports.
NBA Champion and Los Angeles Lakers player Dion Waiters is the newest professional sports athlete to delve into the esports stratosphere with Centric Gaming. Sporting the motto, #WeAreCentric, this Miami-based esports organization is looking to focus primarily on the Philadelphia area to give back to the community with founder Kyree Ware at the helm, Esports Insider reports. Centric Gaming acquired four Fortnite players to begin its relaunch into esports.
Dion Waiters spoke before the ensuing Fortnite clips in the organization's introductory video. "I'm here to present to you my esports team, Centric Gaming. Check us out. Let's go!" said, Waiters. The eight-year NBA professional also provided a comment to Esports Insider, stating, "Esports has always been a healthy escape for me and it is something I can see myself being a part of for a long time. I'm bringing that Champ Cheese Swag to esports!" Let's take a look at the talents on tap for Centric Gaming.
Centric Gaming Signs Adn, Jelty, Night and Kylie
Centric Gaming begins its esports endeavor with professional Fortnite NA East player Jelty and European players Adn, Kylie and Night. Although not household names in competitive Fortnite, the more hardcore fans will recognize these names. Particularly Jelty, who is making waves in the NA East despite competing out of Mexico. He's found most of his success as a solo player, taking eighth place in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational and securing two top-15 finishes in the DreamHack Online Open tournament series. He and trio teammates Alliege and pgod will compete in FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4 Heats this weekend.
— Codigo Jelty (@JeltyTV) October 28, 2020
Adn is another standout player that some of the more fairweather competitive Fortnite fans may recognize. The England-native has improved immensely over the bulk of his career. He is a one-time FNCS Finalist with a Cash Cup victory to his credit. More recently, Adn joined fellow EU pros Umplify and Matsoe for FNCS Chapter 2 - Season 4. These three players achieved qualification to FNCS Heats in all three qualifiers, making them one of the most consistent trios. Kylie and Night have not found as much success but will look to do so under the Centric Gaming tag.
Professional Athlete Support and Lifestyle Brand
Waiters joins the growing list of athletes who have embarked on the esports journey, including Shaquille O'Neil and Alex Rodriguez with NRG Esports and Magic Johnson with Team Liquid. Centric Gaming will double as an esports organization and lifestyle brand. Many notable organizations like 100 Thieves and XSET Gaming follow this same model with a presence in gaming and apparel. Centric Gaming will look to replicate the same success, beginning with Fortnite: Battle Royale and the 'ALL IN' apparel collection, which will drop sometime in November. Professional athletes continue to take notice of the esports impact and are involving themselves accordingly.
Source: Esports Insider