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2nd Oct 2016 from TwitLonger

Steve Aoki Joins Rogue Ownership


During his performance at TwitchCon Party 2016 on Saturday, STEVE AOKI announced his ownership in the Las Vegas eSports organization, ROGUE. Having been a life long gamer, STEVE AOKI became determined to build an eSports team after his experience at PAX East in April of this year, where he was invited to participate in a Street Fighter V exhibition match. He has been involved in eSports since his first introduction to Twitch after having hosted the platform's first non- gaming livestream, his performance at Pacha in Ibiza back in 2015. Steve has streamed online with both celebrities and professional eSports players at his Dim
Mak production studio in Los Angeles.

After searching for a team to become involved in, STEVE AOKI identified ROGUE, a young organization based out of Las Vegas, NV, managed by a team of eSports veterans. This provides STEVE AOKI the opportunity to have hands on assistance in strategic management and brand development, while partnering with an organization that already has the experience and knowledge required to run a successful eSports team. STEVE AOKI plans on combining his history of success across multiple industries with ROGUE’s eSports acumen to help establish ROGUE as a premier global eSports organization.

ROGUE has achieved early success as an organization, and is primarily known for its breakout performances in the professional Overwatch scene as the European powerhouse who has won several LAN tournaments, including Takeover and the international Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom. The team just placed third last week at ELEAGUE, and now faces a heavy tournament schedule this winter, traveling back and forth between Asia and North America until December.

On what STEVE AOKI’s ownership will provide to the organization, ROGUE CEO Franklin Villarreal stated, "Our organization was expanding to the point where we wanted to bring on another partner. We couldn't be happier that we met Steve when we did. His genuine passion for the eSports scene was exactly what we were looking

ROGUE will be looking to have STEVE AOKI play a supportive role in the Overwatch team’s continued success, as well as helping the organization to develop its newly acquired CS:GO team, which boasts a roster of seasoned veterans and highly skilled up and coming talents currently competing with an impressive undefeated record in ESEA Premier.

STEVE AOKI becomes one of the first musicians to join an ever-increasing list of athletes, entertainers, and professional sports organizations who are jumping head
first into team ownership in the growing $500 million dollar eSports industry. Competitive gaming has continued to gain mainstream success, with major media outlets such as ESPN, TBS, Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo, embracing the exploding
eSports audience.

STEVE AOKI is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. AOKI's second artist album NEON FUTURE I, was released September 30, 2014 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music and features his Gold certified single "Delirious (Boneless)" with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, "Born To Get Wild" featuring and "Rage The Night Away" featuring Waka Flocka Flame. The second part of his Neon Future album, NEON FUTURE II, was released on May 12, 2015 and features collaborations with Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and NERVO, plus a very special appearance by creative genius J.J. Abrams who voices the outro to close the album. AOKI's other current tracks include "How Else" featuring Rich The Kid and iLoveMakonnen, "Back 2 U" with Boehm featuring WALK THE MOON--which is smashing on the streaming front with over a million Spotify plays per week since its release in May and has been added to many Top 40 radio stations including Y100 in Miami-plus "Can't Go Home" with Felix Jaehn featuring Adam Lambert. Steve Aoki is also the featured subject of the Netflix Originals documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, out now.

About ROGUE:
ROGUE is a quickly growing eSports organization that was founded in Las Vegas, NV by an ownership team comprised of experienced professionals in and out of eSports, including a former co-owner of the eSports organization Enemy. ROGUE has recently announced its exciting partnership with Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ STEVE AOKI as its newest co-owner. ROGUE has enjoyed early success after launching in April of this year and has developed a championship team in Overwatch and a promising Counterstrike: Global Offensive team.

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