The list of those leaving: Tobias Sherman, Lillia Russo, Imari Oliver and Simon Abitbol. First and foremost, I want to wish those leaving the best in their new endeavors.
[Edit: Just spoke with Tobias and more in depth next week.
"All positive vibes" - Tobias. Let's just say this goes a whole lot deeper.]
However, I also want to stress two very important factors:
- This does NOT mean that WME-IMG is abandoning eSports. In fact, an upcoming The Next Level article talks about a recent major partnership that vastly increased that company's investment in the space.
- As I've mentioned a million times, the eSports "hype" is far from the reality of the current reality around infrastructure and more importantly that magic word, monetization. Every single "pure agent" type company I've spoken with usually begins with "So, how can I make my 10% fee?"
If you believe you can survive on that model within eSports currently, I wish you the best.