Recently, the Renegades, a Counter-Strike Global Offensive team, found themselves under new ownership via NBA Player Jonas Jerebko. The Renegades were previously owned by Christopher “Montecristo” Mykles. Jerebko reports that his acquisition of the team was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
After purchasing the Australian team, they were moved to a training center in Michigan. Around this time, he has also created a Call of Duty team formerly known as Ground Zero. The team will play under the Renegade name and compete in the Call of Duty World League Championship in September.
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The team was purchased for an undisclosed amount when negotiations for contract renewals failed with Mykles. The 29-year-old NBA forward’s purchase of the team’s rights includes their in position in WME | IMG’s ELeague and in ESL. Jerebko originally had planned to become active with eSports in 2017.
Jerebko also intends to bring credibility to the sport and recognize the player’s rights.
“The Call of Duty players we were negotiating with were under contract last year and weren’t getting paid for three to five months,” Jerebko said. “That’s not going to happen with me. You get a paycheck on time.
The long-term plan will be to expand the Renegades to include teams for League of Legends, Halo, and Overwatch.
Fans of eSports can look forward to the renewed Renegades’ performance going forward.