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Team SoloMid reveal insane pictures of $13m training facility in LA

Published: 11/Sep/2019 19:53 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 23:27

by Scott Robertson

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The North American-based esports brand Team SoloMid are building a massive, $13 million, 25000 square foot esports training facility in Playa Vista, Los Angeles.

TSM are building a huge new home in Los Angeles, and the rendered photos of it are insane. TSM founder/CEO Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh spoke to LA Times reporter Arash Markazi about the new facility, and revealed the NBA as a major source of inspiration.

“I actually toured the Lakers and Warriors facilities as we thought about our facility,” Reginald told The Times. “What they built was great for basketball players and we wanted to build a similar facility catered for esports players. We want to have the best training environment for our players. We want to make sure our players and staff have everything they need to succeed. Over the next 10-20 years we want to maintain our position as a global esports leader.”

LA TimesTSM’s training center (rendered by NxT Studios)

The new facility will feature streaming and gaming room, a fitness studio, a wellness center, coaching rooms, a full-time sports psychologist on site, and more. According to TSM, it will be the largest esports training center in North America, and will be the first esports center to feature both a wellness center and a fitness studio. 

Construction is set to begin in September, and the facility is set to open in February 2020.

Per a press release received from Team SoloMid, this facility won’t just before a single team or part of the organization. TSM HQ will “house the entire TSM organization and operation.” This means all the players and coaches from all their esports divisions will train there, and all the employees will work in the space.

LA TimesFront desk area (rendered by NxT Studios)

Team Solomid was founded in 2009 by Reginald and his brother as SoloMid.net, and began competing in 2011 during the first League of Legends competitive season. Since then, the organization has been a mainstay in North American LCS, winning six splits since 2013. They remained in the North American LCS when the league moved to a franchised model in 2018.

Apart from LoL, Team SoloMid has also expanded into Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, PUBG, Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and Magic: the Gathering. At one point in TSM’s history, thet fielded a Danish CS:GO roster in 2015 that they acquired from Dignitas. The core of that roster would go on to form Astralis, considered one of the best CS:GO teams of all time.

LA TimesTSM’s training center (rendered by NxT Studios)

“Having all the players in one space and tracking how they perform, that’s where we can have the largest areas of growth,” Reginald said. “Most esports teams don’t have this. We’re going to take it to a new level.”

Additional details were added to this story from a press release sent by TSM after publication.

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FIFA YouTuber MattHDGamer signs with Turopium Talent Agency

Published: 3/Dec/2020 13:20 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 13:22

by David Purcell

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YouTuber Matt ‘MattHDGamer’ Craig has signed with talent agency Turopium Sports and Entertainment, teasing “big” things coming soon as a result of the partnership.

The content creator is best known for his FIFA videos on YouTube, where he boasts an impressive 2.42 million subscribers. He joins a talent roster that already comprises the likes of B0aty, James Buckley, and Onscreen – making the move official on December 2.

During the course of 2020, Matt has racked up millions of views creating Ultimate Team and Football Manager content for his channel — over 800 million since he started out — making it an exciting coup for Turopium.

By the same token, he’s also delighted that the deal has been finalized.

MattHDGamer signs for new talent agency

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MattHDGamer is one of the biggest FIFA YouTubers around, and will only strengthen with this new deal.

Talking about the new partnership, he told Dexerto: “I’m very excited to be working with Liam and the team at Turopium. After what has been a very turbulent year for everyone.

“I am very happy to be working with a team that is so committed to my growth as a creator but also ensuring that I am able to get as much from the experience as I put in. Since signing, I have experienced unmatched professionalism which leaves me incredibly confident that I have made the best decision for my future in the industry.”

Nothing in the way of specific plans have been revealed for this deal, though fans should expect future collaborations with other creators as a result.

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FIFA 21 content is what fans have come to expect from the YouTuber.

Liam Parkinson, Managing Director of Turopium Sports and Entertainment, is delighted that the deal is finally over the line.

“Signing Matt is a reflection of the hard work of the team here at Turopium. Our fast growth is a testament to our commitment to ensuring creators receive a higher quality of management than what is typically seen within our industry,” an official statement reads.

“Since day one we have been committed to ensuring that talent not only gets a better level of service, but they feel a part of their own growth and success. I couldn’t be happier to have Matt on-board and I look forward to providing him with a level of service our creators have come to expect from us, whilst also supporting him in becoming even more successful in the gaming space.”

This will be an exciting move for Matt and the agency, of course, but also for his growing fan base as well. With such an established name like Turopium now very much behind the Liverpool supporter, fans will be interested to see where he takes his content next.

Playing his cards close to his chest, he told us: “Keep your eyes peeled, something big is coming soon…”