It was announced earlier this month that Michael “ODEE” O’Dell would be departing from Team Dignitas. ODEE originally founded the organization known as Team Dignitas in 2003 but later sold it to the Philadelphia 76ers NBA franchise. Rogue has since announced that ODEE will join the organization’s parent company, ReKTGlobal, as the Chief Gaming Officer.
— Rogue (@Rogue) July 16, 2019
“ODEE truly is the esports OG and one [of] the most important people in esports today, so when he became available, we jumped at the opportunity to add him to the team,” said Amish Shah, the co-founder of ReKTGlobal. “His tremendous positive impact on esports is undeniable, and we’re pumped for him to bring his 20 plus years of experience in building the industry to ReKTGlobal and Rogue.”
After the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Team Dignitas, ODEE went on to hold the General Manager position at the esports organization. Dignitas has since revealed it would soon be announcing a new General Manager based in Los Angeles. The new GM will specifically help run the organization’s newest acquiring of the LCS franchise team, Clutch Gaming. Clutch Gaming will rebrand to Dignitas in the 2020 LCS season.
ODEE described the following about how his new position at ReKTGlobal came to be:
I am extremely excited to join ReKTGlobal. The vision they have is exactly what I was looking for as I continue to help build esports and more. Amish and Dave have put something special together that is evolving fast and I cannot wait to help with various aspects of the business. For me, it was the perfect fit, as the company has big plans and a global perspective. I am absolutely buzzing I cannot wait to get to work with such an inspiring group of people.
In his new role, ODEE will help with ReKTGlobal, Rogue, and its LEC franchise in Berlin, along with Greenlit Content. He will also help develop strategy, create partnerships with new clients, and help secure brand endorsements for the organization. Rogue currently competes in six games other than League of Legends.
Rogue sits at 6th place in the 2019 LEC Summer Split standings. The team is doing a lot better compared to in the Spring Split, where it placed 10th with only 2 wins. Rogue notably went on a 0-win and 8-loss streak to start the 2019 Spring Split.
With the experience that ODEE has, this is a great opportunity for the Rogue esports organization. Keep up with all of the latest esports news and content here at Daily Esports.
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