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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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Rapper Swae Lee invests in XSET org founded by former FaZe executives

Published: 28/Oct/2020 18:28

by Adam Fitch

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The rapper, who’s half of hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd, has invested an undisclosed sum in recently-launched organization XSET.

Launched by former executives at FaZe Clan, XSET pride themselves on diversity and being free of the “frat house culture” present in other organizations.

Swae Lee initially told Rolling Stone that he had invested eight-figures in XSET, though the organization later explained that that wasn’t the case but didn’t disclose a solid figure.

The rapper and XSET members gathered at the Triller house on October 22 to celebrate the launch of his latest single, prior to announcing his official involvement. As you’d perhaps expect, they played games live on the org’s Twitch channel.

XSET Swae Lee Single Launch
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XSET helped Swae Lee celebrate his new single.

The report states that further deals with recording artists are in the works, as well as with athletes, and are due to be announced in the coming months.

“I always wanted to be on what’s next. There’s a network of people like myself who want to bring simple access for fans,” Swae Lee said regarding his decision to invest.

“XSET, FaZe, they have fans who like to do the same things I like to do, sit at home on a game and be lazy. I want to help make a huge network for all the kids to enjoy gaming, talk about life, talk smack to each other, get merch and have first-person access to rappers.”

Following FaZe Clan initiating president Greg Selkoe’s exit in January 2020, he and a couple of colleagues launched XSET in July. Serving as the CEO, he’s joined by vice president of apparel, Wil Eddins, and vice president of business development, Clinton Sparks.

Rappers and esports organizations have been coming together for quite some time now. Notable moves include Drake with 100 Thieves, Wiz Khalifa with Pittsburgh Knights, Pusha T and Logic with Chaos EC, and Offset with FaZe Clan.