Misfits owner Ben Spoont said Friday he plans to donate all of Misfits’ merch sales from now through the League of Legends World Championship to hurricane relief funds in Florida. He also said he will match that figure out of his own pocket.
More info later- I plan on donating all @misfitsgg merch profits through Worlds, as well as personally matching it for FL Hurricane relief
— Ben Spoont (@benspoont) September 15, 2017
Being a Florida native himself, Spoont expressed that he wanted to play his paty in helping his state recover from the damages caused by Hurricane Irma last week. Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in the Caribbean and southern Florida, and was one of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States. An estimated 1.8 million people still don’t have power.
Spoont acquired Misfits last June when the organization had a Challenger League of Legends team in Europe. The organization has since expanded into Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike Super Smash Bros and received an investment from the Miami Heat in January. Misfits’ League of Legends team, now a member of the European League of Legends Championship Series, qualified for worlds on circuit points after finishing second in the summer split.
Spoont is not the first esports figure with ties to Florida who pledged to donate to Hurricane Irma relief. Team Liquid Street Fighter V player Du “NuckleDu” Dang pledged to donate his winnings from Dreamhack Montreal last week to the same cause.