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7ft NBA player Meyers Leonard confirms FaZe investment with custom sneakers

Published: 15/Apr/2019 13:10 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 12:55

by Connor Bennett

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NBA stars aren’t averse to partnering with and dropping some of their hard-earned cash on esports organizations, with Meyers Leonard becoming the newest name to join the ranks by investing in FaZe Clan.

NBA and esports: a brief history

Major American sports leagues and brands have been dipping their toes in and out of the esports water for some time, with the NBA making the step to help launch and endorse the NBA 2K league as a sister division of the association.

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While teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have their own teams in other games like League of Legends, NBA stars are also getting in on the act – with an ever-growing list of names picking a video gaming side.

Riot GamesThe Houston Rockets own the Clutch Gaming team that currently competes in the NA LCS.

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Leonard joins up with FaZe

Now, it has been revealed that Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard has joined up with FaZe Clan as an investor.

The 27-year-old former College basketball standout revealed his investment via a LinkedIn post, shortly after the team’s final regular season game win over the Los Angeles Lakers on April 10 – giving his reaction to the partnership.

Something between the two entities seemed to be in the works when Leonard was spotted with a custom pair of black and grey Nike LeBron 16s sneakers that had the iconic FaZe logo on the heel, his Twitch username in clear view on the ankle and #FaZeUp on the shoe’s tongue prior to the game against the Lakers.

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Shoutout to FaZe Jaomock

The player’s partnership with the organization, which reportedly started prior to his announcement, was teased throughout the NBA regular season as Leonard repped the brand at game’s and spoke about his love for video games during an AMA on the official NBA subreddit.

Prior to the Trailblazers win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 17, the center showed his support for FaZe Clan Fortnite player Brendan ‘Jaomock’ O’Brien by wearing the player’s jersey to the game – eventually sharing a photograph of himself pointing to Jaomock’s name on Twitter.

Leonard joins an ever-growing group of NBA personalities who have now made their mark on the esports scene. Former Angeles Lakers star Rick Fox launched Echo Fox back in 2015, while former teammate Shaquille O’Neal has invested in NRG Esports.

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Current stars and Golden State Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Jonas Jerebko are both invested into parts of other organizations, joining up with Team Solo Mid and Renegades respectively.

It remains to be seen if Leonard hooks up with any of the FaZe clan members for a Fortnite session or two in the future, but it’s probably a safe bet that we’ll see him drop another FaZe Up if the Blazers can extend their NBA Playoffs run.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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