Not too long after Leo Messi created a stir in the esports world by joining forces to co-own KRÙ Esports, another well-known athlete has made an investment in the world of professional gaming. Daniil Medvedev, the world’s third-ranked tennis player, has become an investor and co-owner of M80. In addition to providing M80 with esports advice, Medvedev will apply his remarkable knowledge of sports psychology to the esports partnership.
With 20 victories, including the U.S. Open in 2021, Medvedev presently holds the third-place rating in the world according to the Association of Tennis Professionals. In addition to being a skilled tennis player, Daniil is an avid gamer who has said in the past that his top games include FIFA, Fortnite, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Daniil was named Rainbow Six Siege’s ambassador last month. He was previously employed by Ubisoft. Even among the top 3% of Rainbow Six players worldwide is the third-ranked player in the world. He also became a brand ambassador for gaming gear for HyperX in 2021. Daniil Medvedev, a tennis player, is not the first celebrity to be involved with an esports organisation.
Considering how young M80 is in the grand scheme of esports, the organisation has had an influence on several esports titles. M80 has performed admirably in 2023, especially in Rainbox Six, Daniil Medvedev’s favourite game.
M80’s Rainbow Six squad placed second at Gamers8 in July, earning them a spot in the Blast R6 Major in Atlanta. In addition, M80 and Medvedev appear to be a great fit because they both have licences to participate in North America and are a part of Siege’s R6 Share programme.
In addition to Rainbow Six, M80 made waves in the cutthroat Valorant scene. Following their exclusion from the partnered VCT league, M80 went on to dominate the NA Challengers league and, with Ascension, come dangerously close to qualifying for the VALORANT Champions Tour. The team placed second in the Ascension tournament hosted in Brazil, losing the title match against The Guard. In addition, M80 fields teams in popular video games including Counter-Strike, Street Fighter, and Rocket League.
In an effort to expand into esports, consumer goods, and content production, the organisation raised $3 million in a startup fundraising round in May. Recently, the company brought on board other partners, such as the game platform Forge, and hired Don “SyykoNT” Muir, Vice President of Esports. With Medvedev as a co-owner, M80 should rise to even greater prominence in the future.
Game. Set. Match.
We are thrilled to announce that @DaniilMedwed, Global tennis star and the current world No. 3, has joined the M80 ownership group! As we continue building a world-class esports organization, Daniil joining M80 supercharges our vision.
The future is bright! pic.twitter.com/XNUhy7BZQo
— M80 (@M80gg) November 10, 2023