Comcast Spectacor Invests in N3rd Street Gamers
June 27th, 2018
Comcast Spectacor, owner of a portfolio of professional sports teams that includes the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, today announced a strategic investment in N3rd Street Gamers, America’s premier amateur esports network. The partnership links Philadelphia’s first professional esports franchise with the region’s most powerful amateur esports pipeline and marks the advancement of a national framework for in-person esports competition and player development. The deal was announced by Dave Scott, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor, and John Fazio, Chairman and President of N3rd Street Gamers.
Comcast Spectacor’s expertise as an owner and operator of professional sports teams, as well as top-flight venues that elevate the live event experience, is now integrated with N3rd Street Gamers’ proven ability to engage and cultivate the nation’s rapidly growing esports culture. Together, both companies will expand opportunities for aspiring esports athletes through a soon-to-be announced network of events aimed at developing and showcasing amateur talent on a nationwide scale.
“We are thrilled to continue our growth in esports through this partnership with N3rd Street Gamers,” said Scott. “John and his team have formulated a strong growth strategy, and we anticipate this investment will fuel not only our advancement, but the continued development of esports as a whole.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Comcast Spectacor team,” said Fazio. “Their expertise provides a unique and powerful opportunity to expand NSG’s offerings to gamers and aspiring esports athletes across the country. All of the hard work our team has put in feels incredibly validated by Comcast Spectacor’s support and investment.”
About Comcast Spectacor
Comcast Spectacor is a professional sports and live entertainment company that is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology leader that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center arena and complex, as well as a portfolio of professional sports teams that includes the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, Overwatch Contenders’ Fusion University, the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings and the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. Comcast Spectacor also holds strategic interest in several partner companies spanning the sports and entertainment landscape, including Spectra, Learfield, Xfinity Live! Philadelphia and N3rd Street Gamers. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com for more information.
About N3rd Street Gamers
N3rd Street Gamers is an esports network based in Philadelphia and headquartered at Localhost Arena in Northern Liberties that focuses on serving semi-professional, amateur, and developing competitive gamers. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs John Fazio and Rob Hilsky in the Jarvus Innovations Incubator, N3rd Street Gamers promotes greater accessibility to the esports industry by not only increasing the amount of in-person competitions, but also by running them on high quality equipment at affordable prices. To accomplish this, N3rd Street Gamers empowers competitive gaming communities with resources to grow and a national system for tracking player progression. Tying together the communities under a unified regional framework in 2018, N3rd Street Gamers launched the NSG Eastern Conference Championship with events spanning three cities and multiple games. Backed by SeventySix Capital, a premier sports tech venture capital firm led by MLB World Series Champion Ryan Howard, N3rd Street Gamers is laying a national framework for esports talent development.