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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


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


Valorant First Strike NA Finals – Sentinels, 100 Thieves progress to semis

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:13 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 1:14

by Andrew Amos


North America’s best Valorant teams are going head-to-head in First Strike Global Finals. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one will emerge victorious. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Semi finals to start @ 4:00PM (EST) on December 5.
  • Envy play TSM, while 100 Thieves face off against Sentinels for spots in Grand Final.
  • All our top four teams are still in the event.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

The $100,000 First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcast on the official Valorant NA Esports Twitch channel, as well as on the Valorant Twitch channel.

All the fixture details you need are below, so you won’t miss a match.

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results

Day 3 — Saturday, December 5

Semi-finals Envy vs TSM 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Sentinels vs 100 Thieves 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Day 4 — Sunday, December 6

Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM

Day 2 — Friday, December 4

Quarter-finals Sentinels 2-0 FaZe 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
100 Thieves 2-0 T1 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Sentinels & 100 Thieves advance convincingly

Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s Sentinels beat up on fellow former Overwatch pros Shane ‘RawkusFlaherty and Andrej ‘babybay’ Francisty of FaZe Clan to breeze through the quarters 2-0.

To finish Day 2 out 100 Thieves put on a show against T1, who put up a fight, but weren’t able to overcome Hiko and the gang, who rolled on 2-0.

Day 1 — Thursday, December 3

Quarter-finals Envy 2-0 Immortals 12PM 3PM 8PM 9PM
Renegades 0-2 TSM 3PM 6PM 11PM 12AM

Envy & TSM stride into semis

Victor ‘Food’ Wong’s Reyna and Jake ‘kaboose’ McDonald’s Raze proved too hot to handle for Immortals on their surprise pick of Icebox. Ascent was a tighter affair, but Envy secured the series 13-5 (Icebox), 13-11 (Ascent).

TSM stormed through Renegades in convincing fashion. Both Matthew ‘Wardell’ Yu and Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson ran rampant as they booked their place in the semi-final with a 13-1 (Ascent), 13-5 (Bind) win.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, the competition is high! Below are the teams taking part.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

  Team Players
1st TBD $40,000
2nd TBD $20,000
3rd-4th TBD $10,000
5th-8th T1 $5,000
FaZe Clan