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Ex-Riot Games, Twitch executive Nick Allen named COO of CLG

Nick Allen joined CLG as COO
Ex-Riot Games and Twitch exec Nick Allen joined CLG as COO and the VP of esports at MSG.

The Madison Square Garden Company, which owns a controlling interest in Counter Logic Gaming, announced Wednesday the appointment of Nick Allen as the organization’s vice president of esports. He will also serve as the chief operation officer of CLG.

Allen is the former esports operations manager for Riot Games and helped develop the League of Legends Championship Series. He most recently served as the vice president of esports for Twitch, where he’s been employed since 2015.

“It is an honor to become a part of The Madison Square Garden Company as the organization continues their journey into the esports industry,” Allen said in a news release. “And I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the CLG family. I’ve known George (“HotshotGG” Georgallidis) since the early days of League of Legends and admire what he has accomplished as a player and what he has built with CLG. I’m looking forward to doing incredible things with George and the amazing players and staff that have created one of the strongest teams and brands in all of esports.”

MSG acquired a controlling interest in CLG in July. MSG has hosted esports events in the past with both the 2015 North American LCS summer finals and last year’s League of Legends World Championship semifinals taking place at Madison Square Garden, but acquiring CLG marked the staunchest push into esports for the company that owns the New York Knicks of the NBA, New York Liberty of the WNBA and New York Rangers of the NHL.

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