Nadeshot breaks down Drake and Scooter Braun investment, talks future of 100 Thieves - Dexerto
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Nadeshot breaks down Drake and Scooter Braun investment, talks future of 100 Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2018 10:58 Updated: 26/Oct/2018 11:05

by Matt Porter

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100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag and COO John Robinson have released a video discussing the investments made by Drake and Scooter Braun, along with what the future holds for the organization.

100 Thieves came to the forefront of esports on Tuesday, October 23 when they announced that rapper Drake and entertainment talent manager Scooter Braun had become co-owners of the esports and apparel brand.

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The partnership has clearly been in the works for some time, with Haag commenting: “This Drake and Scooter Braun announcement that we just dropped on social media, this is something we’ve been working on for six months. All the really cool shit we’re doing, I can’t talk about.”

When asked to explain why Drake and Braun were so valuable to the organization, Robinson stated: “As we think about making great content and making amazon apparel, we wanted to think about other investors who know that world really well, and can help us level up really fast.

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“At the top of your list, and the top of my list, were Drake, and when we met Scooter and learned his background, and what he offers and how many connections he can help us make, it was a dream team right away.”

Robinson confirmed that the organization’s focus for 2019 will be esports first, with a vision to utilizing Drake and Braun to help build on the current content team, along with improving the availability of apparel.

“We have made strides over the last year to deliver the highest quality apparel,” commented Haag. “We have another drop coming in December, and then we’re blowing the hinges off in 2019.”

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“More drops at a wider variety of price points, so hopefully we’ll be giving you stuff more often,” agreed Robinson.

Unfortunately, there is no official announcement as to what will be coming in the December apparel release, so fans will have to keep their eyes on the 100 Thieves social media accounts for more information.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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