In an interview released on Bleacher Report’s eStream this week, Rick Fox, owner of Echo Fox, who currently have teams competing on League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty, among others, said that Kobe Bryant, his former team-mate on the Los Angeles Lakers, may be following his steps soon, and enter Esports.
“I think Kobe is aware of what is moving here in the ecosystem with some of his peers. He doesn’t have a deaf ear or a blind eye to this. We had some conversations, and if I had to suspect, Kobe is not far off from making his own move,” said Fox to eStream, before continuing: “he is obviously welcome always to be a part of our world in any way, in any capacity he would want to be. We would love adding him to our group. But I know Kobe, I know him.”
Bryant would be another big name from the National Basketball Association who enters Esports, after Rick Fox himself, Shaquille O’Neal, who invested on NRG eSports, Jonas Jerebko, who acquired the LA Renegades, and Jeremy Lin, who is involved with VGJ, the sister team of Vici Gaming.
But not only former players are turning their attention towards the scene: recently, both Team Dignitas and Apex Gaming were acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers, who will operate under the former’s name, and Team Liquid, acquired by an investment group featuring, among others, former player Magic Johnson, Washington Wizards co-owner’s Ted Leonsis, and Golden State Warriors’ executive Peter Guber.
Regarding these moves, Rick Fox reacted with enthusiasm: “Welcome! Welcome, come in. These individuals come from a business background where they are successful on their own rights. I think we are going to have more (big names joining). We talk to a lot of them, they want to be a part of this world, (but) they still don’t know how to quite yet.”