June 27, 2018 – Comcast Spectacor, owner of a portfolio of professional sports teams that includes the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, today announced a strategic investment in Nerd Street Gamers. The partnership links Philadelphia’s first professional esports franchise with the region’s most powerful amateur esports pipeline and marks the advancement of a national framework for in-person esports competition and player development.
Comcast Spectacor’s expertise as an owner and operator of professional sports teams, as well as top-flight venues that elevate the live event experience, is now integrated with Nerd Street Gamers’ proven ability to engage and cultivate the nation’s rapidly growing esports culture. Together, both companies will expand opportunities for aspiring esports athletes through a soon-to-be announced network of events aimed at developing and showcasing amateur talent on a nationwide scale.
“We are thrilled to continue our growth in esports through this partnership with Nerd Street Gamers,” said Scott. “John and his team have formulated a strong growth strategy, and we anticipate this investment will fuel not only our advancement, but the continued development of esports as a whole.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Comcast Spectacor team,” said Fazio. “Their expertise provides a unique and powerful opportunity to expand NSG’s offerings to gamers and aspiring esports athletes across the country. All of the hard work our team has put in feels incredibly validated by Comcast Spectacor’s support and investment.”
About Comcast Spectacor
Comcast Spectacor is a professional sports and live entertainment company that is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology leader that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center arena and complex, as well as a portfolio of professional sports teams that includes the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, Overwatch Contenders’ Fusion University, the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings and the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. Comcast Spectacor also holds strategic interest in several partner companies spanning the sports and entertainment landscape, including Spectra, Learfield and Xfinity Live! Philadelphia and Nerd Street Gamers. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com for more information.
About Nerd Street Gamers
Nerd Street Gamers (NSG), formerly known as N3rd Street Gamers, is a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry, laying a national framework for esports talent development and high-quality gaming tournaments. NSG has received backing from Five Below, Comcast, SeventySix Capital, Elevate Ventures, and angel investor George Miller. For more information, follow @nerdstgamers on Twitter or visit https://nerdstgamers.com.