NRG Esports is an American professional esports organization based in Los Angeles, California. It has rosters in Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Clash Royale, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fortnite, Gears of War, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well as a number of streamers on the internet platform Twitch.

NRG Esports
Founded2015
Headquarters
Key people
Andy Miller (co-CEO)
Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez (co-CEO)
SubsidiariesSan Francisco Shock
Chicago Huntsmen
Websitewww.nrg.gg

HistoryEdit

The team was founded by Sacramento Kings co-owner's Mark Mastrov and Andy Miller in November 2015.[1]

In March 2016 NRG announced that Alex Rodriguez, Shaquille O'Neal and Jimmy Rollins were joining as investors.[2] On April 20, 2018, Tiesto was announced as an investor.[3]

In September 2019, it was announced that Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez had joined as co-CEO,[4] after another announcement the same day that Hector and the Immortals Gaming Club had parted ways.[5]

Current divisionsEdit

Apex LegendsEdit

On February 11, 2019, NRG became one of the first organizations to sign a professional Apex Legends player with the signing of Coby "Dizzy" Meadows.[6] The team signed Brandon "Ace" Winn and Marshall "Mohr" Mohr in March and May, respectively, to round out its three-player squad.[7][8] Dizzy competed in the first-ever Apex Legends Pro-Am, securing 1st place, the tournament's MVP award, and a $23,000 charitable donation to the V Foundation.[9]

Dragon Ball FighterZEdit

NRG entered the Dragon Ball FighterZ scene in 2018 with the signing of Eduardo "HookGangGod" Deno.[10] His first win under the NRG banner was at Summit of Power 2018 where he took down SonicFox to take the title.[11] Eduardo was also featured in his very own docuseries on Sony Crackle called "Hook'D". The 4-part series featured a cameo appearance from Shaquille O'Neill and debuted on July 27, 2018.[12]

OverwatchEdit

On August 3, NRG signed the members of the former Overwatch team Luminosity Gaming.[13] NRG owns the Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock, whose roster is listed below. NRG owned an Overwatch Contenders team competing as the Shock's academy team up until May 8, 2019, when they withdrew their participation in the tournament.[14]

Rocket LeagueEdit

NRG Esports signed the Kings of Urban roster after a strong finish in their region in RLCS Season 1 in 2016.[15] RLCS Season 2 saw NRG bow out of the RLCS finals after a loss to Flipsid3 Tactics, finishing 5-6th. In the off-season, GarrettG was picked up from his former team Orbit, replacing Sadjunior. This new roster achieved a 3rd-place finish in the RLCS Season 3 finals, losing out to the eventual champions in Northern Gaming. After a disappointing finish in the RLCS Season 4 Finals, NRG dropped mainstay Jacob for rookie prodigy jstn. With jstn, NRG came one goal away from becoming the Rocket League world champions in Season 5, being bested in the end by Dignitas. NRG would continue to dominate RLCS regional play in seasons 6 and 7, only to fall short of expectations at both finals. Several days after the end of Season 7, Fireburner announced he was stepping away from competitive Rocket League. Nearly a month later, it was announced that three-time RLCS champion Turbopolsa would replace Fireburner, becoming the first player to make a cross-region move from Europe to North America. Months after Turbopolsa's move to North America, NRG Esports would go on to winning The Rocket League World Championship series on December 15, 2019 beating Renault Vitality with jstn scoring the winning goal.[16]

Super Smash Bros.Edit

NRG signed New Jersey native Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada for their Super Smash Bros. division in August 2016.[17]

RostersEdit

As of December 9, 2019.[18]
Apex Legends
Handle Name Position
Frexs Joseph Sanchez Competitor
Ace Brandon Winn Competitor
LuluLuvely Lindsey Content Creator
Call of Duty (as Chicago Huntsmen)[19]
Handle Name Position
Scump Seth Abner SMG Slayer
Envoy Dylan Hannon SMG Slayer
Formal Matthew Piper Main AR
Arcitys Alec Sanderson Main AR
Gunless Peirce Hillman Flex
General Jordon General Substitute Player
Sender Troy Michaels Coach
x2Pac ThuGLorD John Hartley Analyst
Clash Royale
Handle Name Position
Hazard Buzby Robb Competitor
ThunderStruck Liam McCarron Competitor
Boeufmac Charlie McLaren Competitor
Trainer Diputs George Galvin Competitor
Chief J Joel Meler Coach
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Handle Name Position
HookGangGod Eduardo Deno Competitor
Fortnite
Handle Name Position
Symfuhny Mason Lanier Competitor
MrSavage Martin Foss Andersen Competitor
BenjyFishy Benjy David Fish Competitor
Zayt Williams Aubin Competitor
EpikWhale Shane Cotton Competitor
Edgey Benjamin Peterson Competitor
Gears of War
Handle Name Position
Xplosive Gilbert Rojo Competitor
MentaL Billy Putnam Jr Competitor
SuMuNs Alex Ascencion Competitor
SoLuRs Brian Valenzuela Competitor
Praized Arody Dipre Competitor
Ashes Nick Ridgeway Coach
Hearthstone
Handle Name Position
AmazHS Jason Chan Competitor
Overwatch (as San Francisco Shock)
Handle Name Position
super Matthew DeLisi Tank
sinatraa Jay Won DPS
Architect Park Min-ho DPS
Moth Grant Espe Support
ChoiHyoBin Choi Hyo-bin Flex
smurf Yoo Myeong-hwan Tank
Rascal Kim Dong-jun DPS
Viol2t Park Min-ki Support
Striker Kwon Nam-joo DPS
Rocket League
Handle Name Position
GarrettG Garrett Gordon Competitor
jstn Justin Morales Competitor
Turbopolsa Pierre Silfver Competitor
Sizz Emiliano Benny Coach
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Handle Name Position
Nairo Nairoby Quezada Competitor

Former divisionsEdit

SmiteEdit

On September 1, 2016, NRG acquired defending Smite World Champions team Panthera.[20] The team joined the organization following a hugely successful first 12 months; qualifying for Worlds as European runners up before dropping just 2 games on their way to the title. They followed this up by going 24-4 in the Spring split to qualify for the Dreamhack Masters in June, dominating the tournament and going undefeated 8-0 to be crowned Champions. The team has most recently won the 2016-2017 Smite World Champions. On December 13, 2018, NRG officially ended their Smite division.[21]

Table of championshipsEdit

Date Game Event Ref.
November 12, 2016 Rocket League RLCS Season 2 NA Regionals [22]
January 8, 2017 Smite Smite World Championship [23]
May 6, 2017 Rocket League RLCS Season 3 NA Regionals [24]
July 16, 2017 Rocket League FACEIT X Games [25]
June 10, 2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ Summit of Power [11]
July 29, 2018 Smite SMITE Summer Split 2018 [26]
August 6, 2018 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive IEM Shanghai 2018 [27]
October 13, 2018 Rocket League RLCS Season 6 NA Regionals [28]
November 4, 2018 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cs_summit 3 [29]
May 11, 2019 Rocket League RLCS Season 7 NA Regionals [30]
August 18, 2019 Rocket League Rocket League Summit 1 [31]
September 9, 2019 Super Smash Bros Mainstage 2019 [32]
December 15, 2019 Rocket League RLCS Season 8 [16]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Shaq, A-Rod, Rollins invest in esports team". ESPN. March 18, 2016.
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  4. ^ NRG [@NRGgg] (September 15, 2019). "IT'S OFFICIAL! please welcome our new co-ceo hector "HECZ" rodriguez" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  21. ^ @NRGgg (December 13, 2018). "It was a heart-wrenching decision, but ultimately we've decided to end our legendary run in the SPL" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Thompson, Luke. "RLCS S2 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP". rocketleaguegame.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
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