Echo Fox was an American esports organization. It was founded on December 18, 2015, by retired basketball player Rick Fox, who created Echo Fox after he purchased the NA LCS spot of Gravity Gaming. The organization had expanded into various games with teams competing in titles such as Call of Duty, CS:GO, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, Madden NFL 19, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros., and Street Fighter V. Echo Fox had several fighting game players with championship titles and are a well known organization in the professional scene.
On December 18, 2015 Rick Fox and his business partners, Amit Raizada and Khalid Jones, entered the professional esports scene with their acquisition of the NA LCS spot of Gravity Gaming, creating a new team named Echo Fox. According to Raizada, he and Jones "both offered up $1 million each to get the new team off the ground" while Fox "never put in any of his own money into Echo Fox." Fox and Raizada subsequently had a falling out, in which Raizada claims Fox attempted to extort him of $5 million.
In 2017, Echo Fox would make one of the biggest signings in esports history by signing seven FGC players all at once, three of which previously represented Evil Geniuses. The players were Street Fighter players Justin Wong, Yusuke Momochi, Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi, and Yuko "ChocoBlanka" Momochi, Mortal Kombat players Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and Brad "Scar" Vaughn, and Super Smash Bros. player Leonardo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez. At the same time, Echo Fox signed former Evil Geniuses manager Antonio "CoolGrayAJ" Javier as the team's new manager.
In 2015, Fox officially emerged in esports with Echo Fox. The organization gained an LCS spot in 2015 by buying LCS team, Gravity Gaming. It expanded into other titles such as Call of Duty and Counter Strike. Additionally, the organization signed several fighting game competitors across multiple titles. At one point, the team had over 10 fighting game players signed across franchises; Street fighter, Mortal Kombat and Super Smash Bros.
Echo Fox, the North American esports team owned by former NBA champion Rick Fox, signed seven fighting game players Wednesday, bringing its total up to nine -- the largest fighting game community (FGC) roster in the esports world.
This situation caught the attention of Riot Games, the operator of the League of Legends Championship Series in which the Echo Fox team competes. Riot Games threatened to remove Echo Fox from the championship unless Amit was removed from the esports team. Another problem occurred when Rick tried to sell his stake in the company. He had a 9% stake, which meant he would receive $11 million after the sale. This should give you a rough idea of how much he was making from Echo Fox. The company threatened to sue Rick because it alleged he was acting out of his own interest. Ultimately, he left Echo Fox.
Professional esports teams function in a manner similar to traditional sports. Players will practice for many hours a day to hone their abilities. Teams also have a staff of coaches and scouts working with players to prepare and execute strategy. Tournaments are held regularly around the globe in major regions such as Asia, Europe, and North America.
Jeff Wilpon, chief operating officer of the New York Mets, ponied up money for a New York City team in the Overwatch league. Last year, Steve Aoki, a DJ and owner of the Dim Mak clothing line, invested in the Los Angeles esports team Rogue. Former Los Angeles Lakers star Rick Fox bought Los Angeles esports team Echo Fox in December 2015.
Until recently, Rick Fox, who helped the L.A. Lakers dominate the league in the early 2000s, owned a major esports team involved with League of Legends. Unfortunately, Fox was forced to sell his team due to a conflict with a racist investor, but many fans hope he makes a return.
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Veloce, which operates multiple pro-esports teams, the largest racing media network in competitive gaming, and an electric off-road racing team in the Extreme E series, is slating a pre-IPO round of funding with an eye to invest further into its platform and leagues, according to reports, as well as its joint-venture esports teams, which include partnerships with McLaren, Alfa Romeo, and Mercedes. 781b155fdc