Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag gave a behind-the-scenes look at the meeting between 100Thieves and Riot Games for entry into the North America League of Legends Championship Series.
Formerly known for his time as a professional Call of Duty player for the fan-favorite OpTic Gaming organization, Nadeshot took a step away from the competitive scene during the Advanced Warfare season in 2015 in order to pursue content creation on his already massive YouTube channel.
Although still a member of the Green Wall, he would eventually part ways with the organization in early 2016 to start his own esports team and brand known as 100Thieves, which came as a huge surprise to many within the community at the time.
Ever since the move, 100T has grown to incredible heights with a multi-million dollar investment from Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert, which allowed the organization to venture into the NA LCS scene and be accepted as one of the ten squads for the 2018 season.
However, the expansion did not happen overnight, with numerous months of secretive planning occurring before any official announcement was made, including a collection of meetings with Riot Games, the overseer of competitive LoL.
Nadeshot documented one of the encounters at the Studio, along with showing some of the first full-time employees that the team has brought on over the course of the building process. He would later mention that since leaving OpTic, being a part of something this monumental ever again never crossed his mind.
“Today was the first time that I actually got to spend time with real employees of 100Thieves, and I think that made everything feel a little bit more real. The last six months has just been planning, and talking, and just not the ability to do much.
And now that we finally have – if you count the League of Legends players – I guess you could say that we have over eight people, full-time employed to 100Thieves. It’s incredible, man. I never thought that I would be a part of something this big ever again after I left OpTic.”
He then went on to discuss that his renewed engagement with the esports industry has been a breath of fresh air after struggling with motivation in recent months.
“I think this involvement with esports again and 100Thieves is exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Over the last year, I’ve been sort of in a slump with motivation and what what I should be doing with my life every single day and my career.
So now, to have this, and to work on something much, much bigger than myself with so many talented people that are as passionate about 100Thieves as I am, it’s so exciting for me.”
The full video can be viewed below, with Nadeshot bringing viewers on a tour of the Riot Studio in Santa Monica, Californa alongside new members of the 100Thieves organization.