Daniil Medvedev, the world’s third-ranked tennis player, has recently joined M80 not only as an investor but also as a co-owner.
Just one day after Leo Messi made waves in the esports scene by becoming a co-owner of KRÙ Esports, another well-known athlete has invested in professional gaming. The third-ranked tennis player in the world, Daniil Medvedev, has joined M80 as an investor and co-owner. Apart from offering guidance on esports to M80, Medvedev will include his exceptional expertise in sports psychology in the esports collaboration.
Daniil Medvedev officially enters esports as M80’s co-owner
According to the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings, Medvedev currently ranks third in the world with 20 titles, including the 2021 U.S. Open. Daniil is not just a professional tennis player but also a passionate gamer who has previously acknowledged that his favorite games include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, and FIFA.
Daniil has previously worked with Ubisoft and was appointed as the ambassador for Rainbow Six Siege last month. The third-ranked player in the world is even in the top 3% of Rainbow Six players globally. In 2021, he also joined HyperX as a brand ambassador for gaming gear. Tennis star Daniil Medvedev is not the first to have a connection with an esports organization.
M80 is a relatively new organization in the larger esports landscape, yet despite this, the organization has had an impact on a number of esports titles. M80 has had a great 2023, particularly in Rainbox Six, which also happens to be Daniil Medvedev’s favorite game.
Excited to join @M80gg as an owner! I’ve been a fan of esports for a while now and play a lot. Especially @Rainbow6Game. Joining the M80 ownership team is exciting. I love the team, follow many of the players individually, and really like Marco’s vision. More to come! https://t.co/SVnffIjGV2
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) November 10, 2023
M80’s Rainbow Six team qualified for the Blast R6 Major in Atlanta after finishing second at Gamers8 in July. Add to it the fact that M80 is licensed to compete in North America and is a member of Siege’s R6 Share program, and M80 and Medvedev seem to be the perfect match.
Apart from Rainbow Six, M80 created a stir in the competitive Valorant scene as well. After M80 failed to get a slot in the partnered VCT league, M80 dominated the NA Challengers league and almost made it to the VALORANT Champions Tour through Ascension. The squad lost the championship match against The Guard and finished second in the Ascension tournament held in Brazil. M80 also fields teams in other well-known video games, such as Rocket League, Street Fighter, and Counter-Strike.
To increase its presence in esports, content development, and consumer goods, the organization secured $3 million in a seed financing round in May. Recently, the firm hired Don “SyykoNT” Muir, Vice President of Esports, and onboarded more partners including the gaming platform Forge. With Medvedev as a co-owner, M80 is expected to become even more prominent in the years to come.
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