James Pickard . Business . Wednesday 22nd March 2017 . 09:55
Multi-game eSports organisation, Cloud 9, has confirmed the names of a number of recent investors in the team, including NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
The full list of investors, which has been published over at Yahoo eSports, includes Tesla board directors Antonio Gracias, Kimbal Musk and investor Bill Lee, Signia Venture Partners co-founder Rick Thompson, the Founders Fund co-founder Ken Howery and partner Brian Singerman, Bonfire Studios co-founders Min Kim and Rob Pardo, Jam City co-founder Josh Yguado, Eldridge Industries founder and LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, United Talent Agency, NBA center Andrew Bogot, and Golden State Warriors co-owner Chamath Palihapitiya.
“We’ve formed a fantastic group of investors to help push Cloud9 to the next level,” said co-founder and CEO of Cloud9, Jack Etienne. “With this investment you can expect Cloud9 to continue our expansion into the esports market while maintaining an exceptional experience for our players.”
“Cloud9 is a fantastic organization that has shown throughout the years that it has what it takes to continuously contend for championships in multiple esports titles,” added Joe Montana, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. “The players of Cloud9 work hard to always compete at the highest level and the organization’s leadership strives to provide a positive atmosphere that allows its players the opportunity to be in a position to do their best.”
Cloud 9 currently fields teams in nine different eSports, including League of Legends, Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Overwatch. With this new wave of investment, chances are they'll be looking to submit a team to the upcoming Overwatch League in September.