Top 5 basketball stars who have invested in esports – For The Win

Top 5 basketball stars who have invested in esports – For The Win

Esports started as a niche of a niche — hardcore competition in video games. For decades it could only happen in damp warehouses and cigarette-smoke-laden internet cafes. Recently, however, it has been deemed a lucrative investment by superstars from its athletic cousins, including the NBA and WNBA.

Investments made by famous people from across different fields are far from what makes esports the cultural phenomenon that it is, but they don’t hurt. For a number of the entries in this article, their interest in esports came not through a monetary incentive, but from a connection to the medium – either a personal passion or the passion of their children.

Shaquille O’Neal

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Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal needs little introduction. A four-time NBA champion (2000-2002 with the Los Angeles Lakers and 2006 with the Miami Heat), he’s appeared in a number of games in different genres, as well as being one of the first wave of NBA investors in esports.