theScore esports Daily (May 1): Accused named in ongoing Echo Fox racism situation, Immortals announce rebrand and $30 million in investment

by Devin Jones May 1 2019
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Dexerto names accused in ongoing Echo Fox situation

After Dextero released a report last week, alleging that Echo Fox founder Rick Fox was cutting all ties with the organization due to threats directed him and his family as well as racial epithets directed to former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall, the media organization has now named the accused in a new report released this morning.

Dexerto describes the person who allegedly used the n-word in a heated email exchange with Hall, as a "Founding partner at the Vision Venture Partners group that invested in Echo Fox following a $38 million raise of capital under the name Vision Esports."

Through a statement released by their legal counsel, the person in question denies ever threatening Fox or his family.

A separate, expanded statement sent to Dexerto via the accused's PR team, confirms that the person in question "Used a racial epithet directed personally at him [Jace Hall]."

The PR statement goes on say that the person in question has apologized to Hall and Fox but also "Stepped down from all day-to-day decision-making with all entities in which Jace Hall and I were involved.”

Immortals announce $30 million in Series B fundraising, rebrand to Immortals Gaming Club

Immortals esports have announced $30 million in Series B fundraising and an organizational rebrand to Immortals Gaming Club.

Having acquired Brazilian matchmaking platform, Gamers Club, IGC will operate on two distinct levels.

According to an IGC press release "Gamers Club is a platform and community hub connecting over 1 million registered gamers across Brazil’s avid gaming market, in particular, Brazilian CS:GO players, through tournaments, premium content, coaching and social networking."

The press release goes on to state that Gamers Club "Will continue to operate its successful community hub for CS:GO in Brazil while expanding into different games and geographies" while IGC Esports will operate the organization's "Competitive esports rosters under the Immortals, Los Angeles Valiant and MIBR brands."

John Griffin and March Capital Partners joins existing Immortals shareholders, AEG, Lionsgate, the Milken Family, Steve Kaplan and Meg Whitman.

Forward Gaming signs PIELIEDIE to Dota 2 roster

Announced via the organization's Twitter account, Forward Gaming has signed Johan "PIELIEDIE" Åström as the captain of its Dota 2 roster.

By signing pieliedie, Forward Gaming has benched Kartik "Kitrak" Rathi, who they signed on a trial basis back in March of this year.

The roster change comes on the heels of a dismal 5th-6th place finish at the recent OGA Dota Pit Minor.

The roster change sparked heated discussion in the Dota 2 community, lead by veteran analyst Austin "Capitalist" Walsh, who shared his frustrations with the constant roster swaps on Twitter.

The Forward Gaming roster now consists of Yawar "YawaR" Hassan, Quinn "CCnC" Callahan, Jinjun "Sneyking" Wu, Arif "MSS" Anwar and the aforementioned pieliedie.

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