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Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes among group of new investors in G2

G2 Esports released a music video called "G2 is Going to Get Ya" with the band White Sage on Wednesday in anticipation of the League of Legends World Championship.
G2 Esports released a music video called "G2 is Going to Get Ya" with the band White Sage on Wednesday in anticipation of the League of Legends World Championship.

G2 Esports announced Wednesday it closed a funding round that includes FC Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes among the investors.

Part of one of the most famous European football teams FC Barcelona, Gomes has also been a a member of Portugal’s national team since 2010. Barcelona bought Gomes from Valencia last July. He has made 183 career appearances and scored 23 goals.

“In this increasingly digital world, I see tremendous potential in esports,” Gomes said in a statement. “Carlos’ vast experience as a successful player, entertainer and successful team owner combined with G2’s impressive track record makes this investment a perfect fit. Esports is the next generation of sports and League of Legends is its cornerstone. I couldn’t be more thrilled to invest in and partner with G2 Esports.”

Other investors also include Eric Mindich, the youngest partner for Goldman Sachs at the age of 27 and founder of global investment firm Eton Park Capital Management, and MACRO Ventures, a media company focused on content creation for a multicultural demographic through its partnerships with artists and investors. The final listed investor is Marc Lemann, the founder of Go4It, a Brazilian based investment firm and media agency.

“With this group, we are confident that we can continue on our growth path, build world-class teams and create cutting-edge content,” G2 founder Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez said in a statement. “G2 is thrilled to bring partners on board that are both passionate about esports and committed to our global growth on board.”

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