WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Washington Esports Ventures, led by businessman, investor, and entrepreneur Mark Ein, today announced Events DC, the District’s official convention and sports authority, as Washington Justice’s signature sponsor for the team’s inaugural Overwatch season.
"Washingtonians are excited to cheer on the Washington Justice during their inaugural season and we are looking forward to welcoming the team home next year," said Mayor Bowser. "With the help of Events DC, we are once again showing why Washington, DC is both the sports capital and the capital of inclusive innovation."
"We are proud to welcome Events DC as a founding partner of the Washington Justice," said Mr. Ein. "Events DC has been at the forefront of the esports revolution and their support was critical to bringing the team to our community."
As a part of the agreement, Events DC will be the exclusive patch sponsor on the front of the player jerseys. Throughout the season, their partnership will also provide live event experiences, content and access to the greater DC region’s Overwatch community and beyond. Washington Esports Ventures and Events DC together will bring local Washington, DC-based fans live watch party experiences to interact and cheer on the Washington Justice team together. The team’s inaugural season will be played at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA, and in the future will play at home in a venue location in Washington, DC.
"As the official convention and sports authority for Washington, DC, we couldn’t be more excited to sponsor DC’s Overwatch team, Washington Justice. This partnership is a natural fit for us, as a part of the city’s greater vision to position the District as an esports capital," said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. "DC’s first Overwatch team is a prime example of our strategic efforts with our partners across the city to grow and reinforce our commitment to DC’s esports market and exploding fanbase. We look forward to growing our partnership and bringing even more esports live event experiences to the District. Best of luck to the Washington Justice, as they get ready to kick off their inaugural season."
Over the past three years, Events DC has made a strategic long-term investment in the esports industry in an effort to growing the local esports landscape and its ecosystem within the nation’s capital. Washington, DC, joined the Overwatch League’s global, city-based league as one of eight new expansion franchises following a widely-successful inaugural season.
For more information about Washington Justice, visit washington-justice.com or follow the team on Twitter @WashJustice, Instagram @WashingtonDCJustice or like Washington Justice on Facebook at Facebook.com/WashJustice.
The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off February 14, 2019. For more information on the Overwatch League, visit overwatchleague.com.
About Washington Esports Ventures
Washington Esports Ventures was founded to purchase an Overwatch League Team and build other esports teams that will represent the thriving Capital Region incorporating all of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia—from Baltimore to Richmond. The Company is led by Mark Ein, a Washington-area businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, sports team owner, and native Washingtonian. Mark and his ownership group believe in the power of sports as a platform to inspire people and bring communities together. The Company’s esports assets, including the Overwatch League team, will be part of Mr. Ein’s existing sports platform that owns the Washington Kastles, one of the most successful teams in the 45-year history of World TeamTennis, embraced by the Capital Region since its founding in 2008. Joining Mr. Ein as investors and board members are Artist Capital Management, a New York-based growth equity firm as the lead financial partner and Dyson Dryden, Mr. Ein’s business partner and a Baltimore native. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, is an anchor supporter of the team. Additional investors and corporate sponsors will be announced soon.