David Beckham is co-owner of an esports team. The former England and Manchester United star has invested in Guild Esports, a new esports business based in London.
The Englishman has joined Blue Star Capital in backing the company, which is seeking to build out a coaching academy that will scout and nurture talent for newly created professional teams competing across titles such as Rocket League, EA Sports’ FIFA and Fortnite.
Guild, as it wants to be called, intends to coach players in the traditional football academy model, with scouts looking out for the best young talent.
Guild Esports company is headed by Carleton Curtis, who was involved with the Overwatch League and the Call of Duty leagues, so there is some expertise there.
“Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to work with players at the top of their game, and I’ve seen first-hand the passion and dedication it takes to play at that level. I know that determination lives in our esports athletes today and at Guild we have a vision to set a new standard, supporting these players into the future. We are committed to nurturing and encouraging youth talent through our academy systems and I am looking forward to helping our Guild Esports team grow.”, said David Beckham
Guild’s inaugural team will make its debut in autumn this year, and it expects to compete in Rocket League, FIFA and Fortnite.