Ah, celebrities, where would we be without them? Well, we’d probably still be in the same figurative and literal places we are now, but San Francisco’s Overwatch League team would be short $15 million in investments and a video featuring Shaq, Beast Mode, J. Lo and other celebrities trying to hype you up for its opening day Overwatch League roster. So, there’s that.
In an NRG esports video posted yesterday, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neill, Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez, Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, and Michael “Guy Without Any Recognizable Nickname” Strahan appear in computer screens within your computer screen to try and hype you up for the unveiling of the first-ever roster for the as-yet-unamed San Francisco Overwatch League team. Why would they do that? Money, of course.
ESPN reports that the foursome, along with other rich people with cool nicknames like former MLB players Jimmy “J Roll” Rollins and Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez have invested a grand total of $15 million in NRG esports between 2015 and now. Additional investors include partial Sacramento Kings owners Andy Miller and Mark Masrov, former MLB player Marlon Byrd, and pro sports franchise owner Kevin Nagle, but none of those people have cool nicknames (that we know of).
But you know who does have cool nicknames? The San Francisco Overwatch League team’s players. Jay “sinatraa” Won, Matthew “super” DeLisi, Daniel “dhak” Paz, Dante “Danteh” Cruz, André “iddqd” Dahlström, Andrej “babybay” Francisty, Nikola “sleepy” Andrews, and David “nomy” Ramirez will all play for San Francisco this season. They won’t all be playing when the league opens its inaugural season in January, however, as Won and DeLisi won’t be eligible to compete until they turn 18 in spring 2018.