TNL eSports Guest Podcast 005: Yellowstar, Head of PSG eSports

TNL ESPORTS GUEST PODCAST 005: YELLOWSTAR, HEAD OF PSG ESPORTS

Bora "Yellowstar" Kim, Head of Paris Saint-Germain eSports (Photo: PSG eSports)

Bora "Yellowstar" Kim, Head of Paris Saint-Germain eSports (Photo: PSG eSports)

TNL Take: In this edition of The Next Level eSports Guest Podcast, we speak with Bora "Yellowstar" Kim, former League of Legends player for Fnatic and Team SoloMid, who now manages eSports for top French soccer - sorry I'm a Yank - team Paris Saint-Germain.

We cover:

  • Yellowstar first playing video games when he was just 2 years old and first dipped into eSports with Starcraft at age 8.
  • His thoughts on Riot eventually moving towards a franchise model vs. the current league structure [Ed: This was recorded prior to Riot actually announcing the move to franchising]
  • Transitioning from being an eSports athlete to working on the business side of eSports
  • Why he chose Paris Saint-Germain 
  • The biggest challenge of building eSports at PSG and what’s been the easiest
  • PSG’s brands deals with ASUS Republic of Gamer’s and Microsoft
  • Why France has been one of the most active countries and teams involved with eSports and why other soccer teams haven't made the eSports investment
  • What other eSports titles is PSG looking to enter
  • The biggest one: Will Yellowstar return to League of Legends and both run and play for PSG eSports?

Hope you enjoy our conversation

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 005: Yellowstar, Head of PSG eSports (Photo: Yellowstar)

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL ESPORTS GUEST PODCAST 004:

NFL ATHLETE, ESPORTS CO-OWNER RICKY LUMPKIN 

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL Take: The entrance of Pro Sports into eSports isn't getting started - it started a while back. In just the 1st Quarter of 2017, we've already seen over a dozen teams make the investment and the NBA2K ELEAGUE across their 30 teams with several already committed.

Now even more pro and former athletes are moving in.

Recently we've seen former NFL athlete Hank Baskett become Co-Owner of Denial eSports. 49er's Joe Montana, Giant's Hunter Pence and former Cavaliers center Andrew Bogut invest in eSports team Cloud9.

I'm thrilled to have NFL Athlete Ricky Lumpkin of the Cardinals, Colts, and Raiders as the next guest on The Next Level eSports Guest Podcast 004.

Our chat ranges from why he was late for our original scheduled recording time, Drake (no seriously) , why the NFL hasn't jumped into eSports like Soccer or the NBA, his favorite games to stream, iRacing as an eSport and can I beat him in Street Fighter (yes). Ricky brings the truth and a ton of laughs.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.