Forget the New York Excelsior, the New York Subliners or the Madison Square Garden-owned team, CLG. If it's up to G2 Esports' founder Carlos "Ocelote" Rodríguez Santiago, it's his team that will sound synonymous with New York City. In a recent piece published by ESPN, the Spaniard shared more about his plans to conquer The Big Apple.
Backed by a $10,000,000 USD investment from Joseph Tsai, co-founder of webshop giant, Alibaba, G2 will try and establish their name in the United States, after becoming one of the most well-known esports brands in Europe. To ESPN, Ocelote said: "No team seems to be capitalizing on how great this city is. Even CLG, who got bought by the Madison Square Garden guys, they aren't using it. I don't think they can use it. I don't think they're neither equipped nor have the ambition required to take over New York. So I will."
G2 already has a hub located in New York: their Rocket League team's gaming house is located there. G2 has been a household name in the Rocket League scene since early on, making it the perfect starting point to build a bridge to New Yorker's hearts. The Rocket League team is the only American roster G2 has though, as their Counter-Strike, Apex Legends, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege and Hearthstone squads are all comprised of Europeans. Ocelote's mission is a brave one, but with G2 at the top of Europe, it wouldn't be a surprise if New York will fly the G2 flag too in a few years.
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