Long-time Major League Gaming employee Adam “MrAdamAp” Apicella announced he would be leaving his position at Activision Blizzard. Apicella was one of the first employees with MLG and had been with the company for the last 16 years. MLG was acquired in 2016 by Activision Blizzard for $46 million. It has also recently launched its city-based franchising around the Call of Duty League.
Really proud to have been a part of every one of these (except the first one)
— Adam Apicella (@MrAdamAp) August 6, 2019
Adam Apicella revealed that he had worked on close to 60 games and hundreds of live event programs while at MLG. Apicella’s role in esports has been a major catalyst for esports’ transition into the mainstream. Esports started off as something more underground and has since propelled itself into large sold-out arenas packed with fans. Apicella and MLG made several contributions to this journey including MLG’s partnership with ESPN, which led to the X Games.
While his time at Major League Gaming has ended, Apicella mentions that it won’t mark his departure from esports. “I’m not done. I’ll be sharing what I’m doing next very soon, but I’ll be running more events and building more programs with my team,” said Apicella on his next steps. “Many of you know how to reach me if you need me, but if you want to drop me a line.”
Apicella followed this statement up with a tweet thanking many of the members of the Activision Blizzard and MLG organization. He also goes on to describe how he still loves and thinks the Call of Duty esports scene will prosper, despite his departure.
With the 2020 Call of Duty League starting up soon with franchising, this could mean Apicella playing a role on a franchisee instead. Apicella has the skills and knowledge needed from organizing many major esports events to do the same with a franchise’s home and away matches.
Will we see Apicella still involved in the Call of Duty scene or in another esports league? Let us know what you think.
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