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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUG. 20, 2020 – Dignitas, the esports vertical of New Meta Entertainment Inc. (NME), today announced its addition of an all-new men’s team to compete in VALORANT. The roster includes rising stars Harrison “psalm” Chang, Rory “dephh” Jackson, Phat “Supamen” Le, and Kevin “POISED” Ngo. The team’s inaugural competition will take place remotely at Pop Flash hosted by B Site August 26-30 and can be viewed via Twitch.tv/Flashpoint. Dignitas now has eight teams in six gaming titles.
The new Dignitas players previously played under the team name “Homeless,” which increasingly captured the attention of the ever-growing VALORANT community since launching earlier this year. The group notably defeated T1, the first professional VALORANT team in the world, 2-0 in the year’s PAX Arena Invitational, where they were the only unsigned team to compete in the playoffs.
“Entering the VALORANT ecosystem is a natural expansion for Dignitas, given our history in Riot’s League of Legends,” said Dignitas Director of Esports James Baker. “The esport is primed for success, backed by the most successful developer in competitive gaming, coupled with gameplay full of exciting moments. We are aiming to continue our legacy of developing top performing teams that command an army of fans worldwide. With our roster of both veterans and up and coming stars, we are solidifying our position as a World leader in the competitive gaming space.”
The addition follows DIG Fe’s entry into VALORANT on May 15, 2020. It became the first professional women’s team to compete in multiple gaming titles in May 2020. All told, it’s the sixth gaming title in which Dignitas competes including, League of Legends (LCS and Academy Teams), CS:GO (Men’s and Women’s), Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers and Clash Royale.
“VALORANT is unique in that it attracts players and fans from various existing esports ecosystems,” said Dignitas Vice President of Talent Heather Garozzo. “With backgrounds in CS:GO, Fortnite, Heroes of the Storm and Crossfire, this roster brings together a multitude of esports backgrounds. We look forward to assisting the players with developing their personal brands while giving them the resources to be one of the game’s most successful rosters.
VALORANT, a Riot Games property, holds the Twitch record with 34 million hours watched in a single day. Its peak of 1.7 million concurrent Twitch viewers is second all-time to Riot’s League of Legends World Championship.
“Dignitas have proven that they can provide the resources and expertise to their players to become world champions,” said Jackson “We as a team plan on doing everything in our power to use this opportunity and support to go win one for ourselves.”
ABOUT NEW META ENTERTAINMENT, INC. & DIGNITAS:
Since its formation in 2003, Dignitas has established itself as one of the most successful esports organizations in the world, amassing 18 World Championships across multiple game titles. In September 2016, Dignitas was acquired by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), a diverse, global portfolio of sports and entertainment franchises and properties that includes the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), New Jersey Devils (NHL) and more. Dignitas is the esports organization within New Meta Entertainment, Inc. (NME), a new media sports and entertainment company founded in May 2019 by an investor group that includes HBSE, Susquehanna International Group and Delaware North, among others. Dignitas currently fields seven teams in five of esports’ largest and most popular games: League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (men’s and women’s teams), VALORANT (men's and women's teams), Rocket League, Super Smash Bros., and Clash Royale. With content studios and player wellness facilities in Greater New York City and Los Angeles, and infrastructure in Europe and China, Dignitas is a global leader dedicated to esports athletes, digital influencers and entertainment game-changers.