Members of Imagine Dragons invest in esports business ReKTGlobal


Members of pop rock band Imagine Dragons invested in ReKTGlobal, an esports infrastructure company. In addition to the investment, Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons joined musician Steve Aoki as co-owners of ReKTGlobal’s esports group Rogue.

Press Release

ReKTGlobal, the fastest-growing business authority in esports and competitive gaming, today announces members and management of multiplatinum band Imagine Dragons as new investment partners. In addition to stake in ReKTGlobal, Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons join Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki as co-owners of ReKTGlobal’s Las Vegas-based esports organization Rogue. Imagine Dragons recently received an incredible 11 nominations for the Billboard Music Awards (to be held in Las Vegas on May 20).

ReKTGlobal is an esports infrastructure company that bridges the gap between the multi-billion-dollar business of traditional sports and the burgeoning business of esports and competitive gaming. The company connects professional sports and entertainment businesses – from teams and venues to brands and media companies – with esports leaders, aiming to bring the esports industry to its full potential.

Imagine Dragons officially entered the esports scene in 2014, writing the song “Warriors” for the League of Legends World Championships, where they performed at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in South Korea to 40,000 fans and 27 million online viewers. As longtime gamers and avid fans of esports, band members Platzman and Sermon plan to become more active and closely involved in the community through their work with ReKTGlobal and Rogue. Imagine Dragons has sold more than 12 million albums and 35 million singles worldwide. Evolve, the band’s platinum selling third album, is the biggest rock album of 2017—selling over 1.3 million albums in the US with over 4 billion streams globally.

“We love gaming and esports and have been looking for new ways to contribute to this community for a long time—but we never found the right fit until now,” said Mac Reynolds, Manager of Imagine Dragons. “We expect to see esports continue its rapid growth internationally, and we think Rogue and ReKTGlobal are the partners who will help make our hometown of Las Vegas the premiere team and gaming event destination.”

“We’re excited to welcome the Imagine Dragons team on board,” said Amish Shah, Founder of ReKTGlobal. “Between the band and Steve Aoki, we’re building a powerful group of enthusiastic brand ambassadors and leaders to help us as we continue to build the esports industry and create championship-winning franchises with Team Rogue.”

“This year has been filled with incredible growth for ReKTGlobal,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “With the addition of Imagine Dragons and existing partnerships with brands like State Farm and Find Your Grind, we are very enthusiastic about our future as we continue our next funding round.”

“The Imagine Dragons team is going to be an important part of Rogue’s future and the future of Las Vegas,” said Derek Nelson, Rogue CEO and Co-Founder. “As we continue to build championship-winning teams and build the city as the premiere destination for American esports, the influence of Imagine Dragons and Steve Aoki will be the driving force behind it.”

Rogue, known for yielding champions in multiple games — including Overwatch, CS:GO and H1Z1 — was founded in May of 2016, in Las Vegas. The company quickly became a top esports organization in North America, with a global presence in several of the world’s most popular games. Rogue has strategically expanded its roster to include teams in CS:GO, Rocket League, H1Z1, Vainglory, Rainbow Six Siege and popular Fortnite streamer Dr Lupo, who plays duos with the top Fortnite streamer, Ninja, daily and has close to 1,000 victories with him.

Rogue’s rapid success and growth attracted an early investment from Grammy-nominated producer, DJ and EDM entrepreneur Steve Aoki. A Las Vegas local, Aoki took an active role in promoting Rogue’s teams and brand locally as well as internationally. His massive social media reach and cultural influence helped Rogue continue its upward trajectory and quickly expand its industry footprint, leading to additional investment from the sports, media and technology worlds.

Brands, teams and media companies interested in connecting with ReKTGlobal can learn more about the company and contact the team at http://rektglobal.com/contact/.

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About ReKTGlobal, Inc.
ReKTGlobal, Inc. is an esports infrastructure company that bridges the gap between traditional sports and esports, providing solutions for the entire ecosystem. The ReKTGlobal executive team brings decades of experience from Startups, Venture Capital/Private Equity, Sports, Media, Entertainment and Sports Marketing/Sponsorship. The company has offices in New York City and Charlotte, and has welcomed partners from the sports, media and entertainment industries.

For more information about ReKTGlobal and its subsidiaries, visit www.rektglobal.com.

About Rogue
Rogue is a professional esports organization based in Las Vegas, NV, with teams in Counterstrike: Global Offensive, H1Z1, Vainglory, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege, PUBG and Fortnite. Since Rogue’s inception, it has become a globally recognized brand with over a dozen championship wins in multiple games. Rogue’s extensive list of accolades includes building a world championship Overwatch team with major tournaments wins in North America, Europe and Asia, a CS:GO team that won the Mountain Dew League Premier Championship after only one season and subsequently qualified for ECS and ESL Pro Leagues, and teams with tournament wins in H1Z1 and Vainglory, as well as top-ranked and wildly popular teams in Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege. For more information, please visit www.rogue.gg.

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