Esports investment company aXiomatic today announced that Jeff Vinik, owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, has joined the group. He serves as co-chairman alongside Peter Guber and Ted Leonsis for aXiomatic, which holds a majority share in esports club Team Liquid.
Vinik is also minority owner of Fenway Sports Group (parent of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, and New England Sports Network), as well as owner of the Tampa Bay Storm (Arena Football League team). He’s joined by Jac Sperling, former CEO of Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, founder of Grit Rock Ventures, and former NBA governor of the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I’ve watched the growth of the esports industry for a number of years and the opportunity to become involved with the impressive group already assembled at aXiomatic is the ideal way for me to make an impact,” said Vinik.
Bruce Stein, CEO of aXiomatic, added: “Jeff has a brilliant track record in identifying and maximizing investment opportunities as well as building professional sports teams. Jeff also has a respected friendship with Peter and Ted so from a fit standpoint we couldn’t imagine a better partner.”
Team Liquid sold controlling interest to aXiomatic in September last year. The organization’s management team, Steve Arhancet and founder Victor Goosens, are still active owners and co-CEOs.