Jennifer Lopez, Michael Strahan, Marshawn Lynch invest in NRG, reveal San Francisco Overwatch roster

by theScore Staff Sep 29 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of D Chen / Blizzard Entertainment / NRG Esports

Following a $15 million funding round, NRG Esports have announced the roster for San Francisco's Overwatch League team in a star-studded video featuring new investors Jennifer Lopez, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Strahan.

According to ESPN Esports' Jacob Wolf, who broke the story, NRG's new investors also include Twitter COO Anthony Noto, Sacramento Republic FC CEO Kevin Nagle and Pete Briger, a chairman of the Fortress Investment Group which also co-owns the NA LCS team FlyQuest.

The San Francisco Overwatch roster features a mix of NA and European talent, including star hitscanner André "iddqd" Dahlström and former Immortals tank David "nomy" Ramirez. According to Wolf, two members of the eight-man team, Jay "sinatraa" Won and Matthew "super" DeLisi, will be unable to compete in the League until they turn 18 next year.

"It has been an incredible journey working with our head coach Brad Rajani to bring this roster together," NRG president Brett Lautenbach said in a statement. "These players are fearless and I have every bit of confidence in them for season one of Overwatch League."

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez was featured in the team's announcement video, saying: "There's been a lot of people talking about the Overwatch League roster. We trialed lots of amazing players from around the world for many, many months to put together what we think is a beast of a team."

The inaugral season of the Overwatch League will start Jan. 10, 2018 and run until June. The season will have 12 teams based in cities ranging from Seoul to London and of course, San Francisco.

Full Roster

  • André "iddqd" Dahlström, DPS
  • Andrej "babybay" Francisty, DPS
  • Dante "Danteh" Cruz, DPS
  • David "nomy" Ramirez, Tank
  • Daniel "dhaK" Martínez, Support
  • Nikola "sleepy" Andrews, Support
  • Jay "sinatraa" Won, DPS (Ineligible to compete until 18th birthday)
  • Matthew "super" DeLisi, Tank (Ineligible to compete until 18th birthday)

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.