Jess Colwill, December 14, 2016

Report: Milwaukee Bucks Co-Owner Buys Into League of Legends for $2.5 Million

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens is to become the latest NBA official to buy into esports with his purchase of Cloud9 Challenger’s League Championship Series spot.

The American businessman is also reportedly purchasing the contracts of four of the team’s players, to the tune of $2.5 million. The contracts include top and mid laners An “BalIs Van Le and Hai “Hai” Lam respectively, as well as AD carry Johnny “Altec” Ru and support Daerek “LemonNation” Hart.

The team’s jungler Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia will not be making his way to the new organization, but is expected to move up to Cloud9’s main LCS team.

It’s not clear at this point what the name or brand of the team will be, as both the Bucks and Cloud9 declined to comment on the sale.

Esports has seen a surge in popularity with NBA players and owners alike, in recent months. Assuming the sale goes through, Edens will be the fourth NBA owner in the NA LCS. Earlier in the month, the Houston Rockets brought on Sebastian Park as the NBA’s first Director of Esports.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.