NRG's complete roster release was an unexpected surprise after co-founder Andrew Miller relayed the news yesterday afternoon on Twitter.
Outside of League of Legends, NRG has also played host to CS:GO and most recently an Overwatch squad. Now, a recent tweet from Miller suggests that they're now looking into picking up FGC talent.
NRG's entry into the FGC space would be a great move considering the vast selection of talent who've been actively competing as free agents. For some players, consistently attending tournaments on a monthly frequency can be a bit challenging — especially when a great deal of traveling is involved.
NRG is notable as one of the newest esports orgainzations on the scene with backers that have serious sports experience. Miller is heavily involved with the San Antonio Spurs, alongside NRG co-owner Mark Mastrov. Their investment team includes Shaquille O'Neal, who frequently makes playful jabs at fellow ex-NBA esports owner Rick Fox.
In the past few months, we've seen a large land grab from numerous sponsors including Circa Esports, Naventic, Echo Fox and Mutiny who've picked up several contending players looking to expand their competitive horizons.
ESPN's recent broadcast of the Evolution Championship Series undoubtedly played a huge factor in convincing NRG that there's untapped potential within the FGC. Now all that remains is the official news of which free agents will be brought on board.
There's a good chance that NRG will bring on a player or two from the Smash or Street Fighter V community, but ultimately it would make more sense to work towards having a well-rounded representation from more than one particular title.
And in case you're wondering — NRG hasn't completely turned its back on the League of Legends scene.
For all we know, they could end up back on the grid before the year is over while they're in search of establishing new fruit among the digital duelists.