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Steve Aoki snatches up Overwatch eSports team Rogue

By Chris Higgins with PC Games N

Right, I’ll level with you digital sports fans, of all the news I expected out of TwitchCon last night, world-renowned electronic music disk jockey Steve Aoki buying into an eSports team was fairly low down the list.

I wonder which of these Overwatch characters Steve plays?

The global superstar, more well-known for headlining festivals out in Ibiza than getting Play of the Game on Ilios, has become a partner in ownership of eSports organization Rogue, based out of Las Vegas.

Rogues is perhaps best known for their stellar European Overwatch squad that finished third in this week’s Overwatch Open, though they also have a fairly new CS:GO team on the books too.

Aoki apparently became interested in owning a team after a lifelong gaming passion brought him to PAX East last year where he was invited to take part in a Street Fighter V exhibition match. Presumably this was part of the same PR stunt that saw rapper Lupe Fiasco defeat Daigo “The Beast” Umehara in the first official SFV head-to-head during the game’s launch week.

This isn’t his first foray deeper into gaming either, as in July he was confirmed to be providing music and his likeness to a non-playable character in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.

Speaking of Aoki’s decision to invest in his organization, current Rogue CEO Franklin Villarreal said: “Our organization was expanding to the point where we wanted to bring on another partner. We couldn’t be happier that we met Steve when we did. His genuine passion for the eSports scene was exactly what we were looking for.”

Steve Aoki Aokify America Tour featuring Pharrell & Waka Flocka

By Renita Clarke

Let me just say that Steve Aoki knows how to put the right people together to give you a stellar concert experience. I don’t think the audience sat down one time. These guys put on a hell of a show. Who would of thought a Hip Hop & EDM concert would be so electric. I mean it was hit after hit after hit and non-stop dancing from start to finish. And let’s not even talk about Steve Aoki speakers coming to life (A MUST SEE)!

Critics didn’t think that this combo of Hip Hop and EDM would make a good concert, but apparently the critics have never seen any of these gentlemen perform. You don’t see music genre lines at all during this show. The sets blend with each other and it feels like a mini festival. This show is definitely worth every penny.

The Aokify America Tour has the freshest talent in EDM and Hip Hop music in the forefront with acts like Borgore and Waka Flocka Flame. The threesome rep their respective genres very well. Then you have hit maker and Grammy Award Winning Producer/Songwriter Pharrell just adds a cherry on an already perfect sundae. Pharrell joins the Aokify America Tour crew on selected dates, so make sure you catch one of these last shows.

Check out some of the photos of the Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion show after the jump…

*photos courtesy of Renita Clarke

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