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Drake and Scooter Braun join Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves as Co-Owners

Published: 23/Oct/2018 13:36 Updated: 30/Oct/2018 15:58

by Calum Patterson

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Rap superstar Drake has officially joined esports organization 100 Thieves as a co-owner, along with entrepreneur Scooter Braun, announced on October 23.

Hints at a possible collaboration between 100 Thieves and Drake first came when the star followed the organization on Instagram, as well as their founder, former Call of Duty professional Nadeshot.

100 Thieves received a multi-million dollar investment from Dan Gilbert, owner of Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans, in late 2017, allowing them to move into the NA LCS.

On Tuesday, October 23, the organization announced it had completed its Series A funding round, with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun, and of course Drake, becoming co-owners.

Scooter Braun represents some of the biggest musical artists in the world, including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and will join the organization’s board.

Forbes claims that along with the 2017 investment, 100 Thieves now has a total of $25 million in funding.

Of Nadeshot’s ambition specifically, Braun said “He has a clear vision for where esports is going and how to build an amazing brand within it, and that’s why I wanted to bet on him and 100 Thieves.”

And Nadeshot repaid the compliment, saying of Braun, “He’s really defined pop culture with the clients that he’s worked with and helped their careers over the last decade, and for us, it’s just unbelievable to be able to tap into that wisdom and that knowledge.”

Nadeshot competing with OpTic Gaming in 2015. Image: Red Bull

Nadeshot, real name Matthew Haag, started his long journey in esports with Call of Duty, over ten years ago. After becoming the best known player, he retired in 2015, becoming a full time YouTuber.

However, his passion for competition remained, so in 2016 he set up the 100 Thieves organization, stepping back into Call of Duty briefly, while also releasing a clothing line.

After an unsuccessful start with the Call of Duty roster, 100 Thieves turned attention to apparel solely, which remains a key pillar of the brand.

Nadeshot with newly recruited streamer, Valkyrae.

Drake’s involvement with the organization is possibly linked to the apparel arm, as he also has his own OVO clothing brand.

Former Call of Duty caster and head of YouTube gaming Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt congratulated his long time friend on realizing his long time dream.

Popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, also a former competitive esports player, congratulated Nadeshot. Ninja streamed Fortnite with Drake on Twitch in March 2018, which for many was Drake’s first introduction to the gaming world.

OpTic Gaming owner, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who Nadeshot credits with believing in him during his time as a player for OpTic Gaming, also voiced his pride at seeing his “young brother” succeed.

Now fielding teams in League of Legends, Clash Royale, Call of Duty and Fortnite, as well as a number of popular content creators, the 100 Thieves is expansion is rapid and shows no signs of slowing down.

They are now looking to recruit a further ten people to their ‘content team’, and more professional players and streaming talent.

The expansion will move “beyond esports” too, with other participants in the round of funding including Sequoia Capital, WondrCo, Marc Benioff, Drew Houston, Green Bay Ventures, Tao Capital and Willoughby Capital.

H/T: 100 Thieves

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How to watch HusKerrs Howl $300K Warzone event: streams & schedule

Published: 30/Oct/2020 3:39 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:45

by Brad Norton

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Another massive Warzone event is heating up as popular content creator and battle royale champion Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is hosting his very own tournament with $300,000 on the line.

Following close behind Vikkstar’s original Warzone competition, HusKerrs is next in line for his own huge Call of Duty event. HusKerrs Howl aims to crown the best partners in the world as this unique event focuses on Duos action.

After making history as the first player to pass six figures in Warzone winnings, it’s only fitting that HusKerrs’ event comes with the biggest prize pool yet. A whopping $300,000 is up for grabs over the course of two weeks.

From the teams that will be dropping in to when each round of action is taking place, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event.

What is the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event?

The HusKerrs Howl event is one of the biggest Warzone tournaments to date. Not just in terms of prizing, but in how long it’s set to last and how many teams will be getting involved.

Duos will be dropping into Verdansk across multiple weeks in order to qualify for the Finals. Additionally, there’s also a special one-off Zombie Trios section to get things going before the Duos competition really begins.

A brand new Twitch channel has been created just for this event with HusKerrs set to host. We’ve embedded this below for your convenience. Expect almost every competitor to be sharing their own perspective throughout the tournament as well.  

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event schedule

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HusKerrs Howl will be starting with a Zombie Royale showdown.

First up is the special Zombie Day event on Friday, October 30 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. This is a unique Trios competition in the Zombie Royale playlists. Only one team can take out the prize for what is essentially a warm-up run before the real show starts up.

The following day on October 31, Duos will be dropping in for the first round of qualifying action. This will be followed up by the second and third rounds on November 5 and November 6 respectively.

Last but not least, the best Duos from the qualifiers will advance through to the Finals. This takes place on November 7 to determine the overall winner of the HusKerrs Howl event.

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event format

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This particular competition is for Duos only.

This particular Warzone competition is for Duos only and will feature a double-elimination bracket. 16 teams will be dropping in for the first day of action. They will go head to head until the very end with only the Top 3 qualifying for the Finals.

For the final two days of the qualifiers, only eight duos will be playing. From here, the Top 2 make it into the Finals. This makes seven Duos so HusKerrs will be taking the eighth and final spot.

As teams are going head to head, the Duo with the highest point total in each matchup will advance. No different from most Warzone events, teams will be awarded one point per elimination. There’s currently no telling how many points will be awarded for higher placements in each match.

Stay tuned over the coming days for full recaps and results as the action gets underway. Big names such as Symfuhny, Aydan, and TeePee are all expected for the event. So it’s sure to be an intense tournament.