- Soccer start Antoine Griezmann launched an eSports team.
- Grizi eSports will field a roster of players in five different games.
- Griezmann’s brother will manage day-to-day operations.
French international player Antoine Griezmann is the latest high-profile celebrity to venture into the world of eSports. The Barcelona striker announced this week that he is setting up his own eSports team.
The footballer is no stranger to gaming as exemplified by his now infamous victory celebration at the FIFA World Cup incorporating the Fortnite Take the L dance emote.
Helmed by his brother, Théo Griezmann, the team will be known as Grizi eSports, sporting a penguin as a logo and mascot. The brothers hope to field teams in Fortnite, League of Legends, FIFA, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Rainbow Six Siege.
Rather than merely lending his name, Antoine Griezmann will play a role in the decision-making process. Day to day duties will fall to his brother.
The soccer player’s brother explains;
Antoine and I are genuinely invested in this venture. We’ve always loved video games. I’ll act as manager, leading recruitment, finding players, organizing sponsors. But, we’ll make decisions together.
While Griezmann’s investment in eSports follows a well established trend among sports personalities, it’s the first time a sporting icon has gone the full nine yards and created a team from the get-go.
Only time will tell whether Grizi eSports can rub shoulders with the industry’s top teams, but the Griezmann name won’t do any harm when it comes to attracting players, fans, and sponsors.