NRG Esports, or NRG as it is more commonly known among the e-Gaming community, is an eSports organization formed after purchasing the LCS spot of Team Coast’s League of Legends team. It is a professional gaming and entertainment company with professional players participating in various eGaming tournaments around the world.
It has rosters in a number of top games, including Apex Legends, Valorant, Overwatch, and more, with streamers live streaming their content on the official Twitch channel of the organization. According to the latest data from Twitch and YouTube, NRG Esports is one of the most streamed eSports brands in the world.
NRG Esports Team Overview
|Team Short Name||NRG|
|Games||Apex Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Valorant|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Owner||Andy Miller (CEO)|
|YouTube channel||Various channels under the NRG brand name|
NRG Esports History
NRG Esports was founded in 2016 when Sacramento Kings owners purchased the LCS spot of Team Coast’s League of Legends team. The same year, NRG Esports welcomed Alex Rodriguez, Shaq O’Neal, and Jimmy Rollins as investors in the organization. The organization acquired Northern Gaming (a Canadian eSports company) in 2017. In 2020, NRG Esports partnered up with Shots Studios.
- NRG Esports started its gaming journey in 2020, with deps as the first player in the organization; Chet was signed as a coach at the same time.
- October 2020: NRG Esports signed three new members to its team s0m, KOLER, and eei; XCeeD joined as part of a trial.
- November 2020: XCeed’s trial ended with NRG Esports adding effys on the roaster for trial; the effys’s trial ended on November 23
- In December, two new additions in Shanks and Infinite
- January 2021: Kohler was released with Flexinja signing as a streamer. The team signed two new members in ANDROID and Ethos.
- February 2021: NRG Esports signed Infinite
- March 2021: Shanks left the team; NRG signs tex
- April 2021: Chet left the team; JoshRT signs as coach
- June 2021: daps retired from professional gaming; NRG Esports signs Wedid
- October 2021: Wedid released from their contract
- November 2021: NRG Esports signed hazed from TSM
- April 2022: NRG signed Ethan as a player, Zikz as an assistant, and Demars DeRover as an analyst
- June 2022: benjyfishy retired from professional Fortnite and will transition to Valorant
- Aug 2022: NRG Esports signed former members of Overwatch team Luminosity Gaming
NRG Esports Current Divisions
|Kilo||Jung Jin-woo||South Korea||Park “Crusty” Dae-hee|
|Proper||Kim Dong-hyun||South Korea|
|Viol2t||Park Min-ki||South Korea|
|FiNN||Oh Se-jin||South Korea|
|GarrettG||Gordon, Garrett||US||Emilano “Sizz” Benny|
|s0m||Oh, Sam||US||Josh “JoshRT” Lee|
NRG Esports Organization
|Benjyfishy||Benjy David Fish||Streamer|
|JoshRT||Josh Lee||Head Coach|
|Zikz||Anthony Gray||Assistant Coach|
|DeMars DeRover||Jay Li||Analyst|
NRG Esports Achievements
|30/10/20||NSG Tournament(Q)||17 -32nd||–|
|12/11/20||UMG Tournament #1(Q)||17 – 32nd||–|
|14/11/20||UMG Tournament #2(Q)||5 – 6th||–|
|20/11/20||First Strike North America – UMG||9 -12th||–|
|20/12/20||Pittsburgh Knights Before Christmas||9 – 16th||–|
|27/12/20||Nerd Street Gamers – December||1st||6K USD|
|10/01/21||NSG x Complexity Invitational||5 – 8th||–|
|16/01/21||Nerd Street Gamers – Winters Championship||5 – 8th||–|
|31/01/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers 1(Q)||3 – 4th||–|
|07/02/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers 1||7 – 8th||1k USD|
|14/02/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers 2 (Q)||9 – 16th||–|
|28/02/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers 3 (Q)||1 – 4th||–|
|05/03/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers 3||5 – 6th||3K USD|
|04/04/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers 1 (Q)||9 – 16th||–|
|17/04/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers 2 (Q)||1 – 4th||–|
|25/04/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers 2||3rd||7K USD|
|02/05/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers Finals||5 – 6th||5K USD|
|04/07/21||VCT 2021 North America Stage 3 Challengers 1 (Q)||17 – 32nd||–|
|13/07/21||NSG Summer Championship Open 11||5 – 8th||–|
|23/07/21||NSG Summer Championship Open 11||17 – 32nd||–|
|10/08/21||NSG Summer Championship Last Chance Qualifier||1 – 8th||–|
|22/08/21||Nerd Street Games: Summer Championship||2nd||5K USD|
|14/11/21||Community Gaming Valorant: Elite Showdown||3 – 4th||3K USD|
|21/11/21||Tyler1’s Money Match||W||10K USD|
|30/11/21||NSG Winter Championship||2nd||750 USD|
|23/01/22||Knights Area Valorampage||2nd||7.5K USD|
|30/01/22||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers (Q)||1 – 4th||–|
|01/02/22||NSG Winter Championship Last Chance Qualifier||1 – 8th||3125 USD|
|09/02/22||NSG Winter Championship||5 – 8th||3K USD|
|11/03/22||VCT 2021 North America Stage 1 Challengers||9 – 10th||6K USD|
|30/04/22||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers (Q)||1 – 4th||–|
|24/06/22||VCT 2021 North America Stage 2 Challengers||4th||20K USD|
NRG Esports Partnerships and Collaborations
- NRG Esports partnered up with The General Insurance in 2021 with the Rocket League team renamed ‘The General NRG.’
- NRG Esports has signed up with Buff.game in 2022 with a one-year partnership.
- NRG Esports has signed Rockstar Energy as its exclusive drink partner on a multi-year deal.
- In 2020, NRG Esports added United States Army National Guard as a team sponsor.
- In 2021, NRG Esports partnered up with Levi’s.
- In 2021, NRG Esports partnered up with Nestle frozen snack brand Hot Pockets.
- Wellness company Therabody is the official recovery partner of NRG Esports.
NRG Esports Controversies
- November 2017: Overwatch team Manager Max Bateman was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Fired 14 hours later, backlash over the company’s refusal to show its zero-tolerance policy. Questions over why it took the company 14 hours to fire the employee.
- NRG Esports Rocket League team accused of disconnecting on purpose during RLCS playoffs. They recovered from the disconnect and went on the win the tournament handily.
- Cheating allegations against COD player “Shifty” Spirrel. NRG Sports offered a lie-detector test; the results are still in question.
NRG Esports Philanthropy
- NRG Esports partnered up with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2019.