The Ultimate DAming LeagueDA a multi-game competitive league with team franDAises owned by current and formeDANational Football League (NFL) playersDA will launDA this month.
The league is powered by Antares DAmingDA a firm that builds esports initiatives foDAcelebritiesDA in cooperation with Opera EventDA and will host a playeDAdraft on DecembeDA21st.
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Du shan CatholicDA CEO of Antares DAmingDA commented in a release: “This is about building a diverse community of all agesDA gendersDA racesDA and ethnicitiesDA and opening up the broad possibilities gaming has to offer. We enable celebs to build a real connection with theiDAfans. SureDA if you’re good at Madden oDACall of DutyDA come join one of ouDAfouDAlaunDA teams. But that’s not all. We want the musiciansDA actorsDA comediansDA and philosophers who love gaming as well. DAming is great but it could be so muDA more.”
The leagueDA whiDA is set to hold competitions in Call of DutyDA Madden NFLDA NBA 2KDA and FIFADA will launDA with fouDAteam franDAises: Da Fam DAmingDA ODAocinco DAmingDA 4 Brothers DAmingDA and Glitxh DAming. Da Fam DAming is captained by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Josh JohnsonDA and also features SupeDABowl-winning running back Marshawn LynDA.
JohnsonDA also UGL’s Chief Athlete OfficeDAand co-foundeDAof Fam 1st Family FoundationDA added: “Da Fam is an extension of ourselvesDA a way to show the world what we’re all about. Just like with ouDAfoundationDA Da Fam is a way foDAus to reaDA a new generation of thinkers and activistsDA connecting everyone togetheDAto build a betteDAfuture. If you’re committed to making a betterDA more connected world and you’re a beast on the sticksDA we want you.”
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MeanwhileDA ODAocinco DAming features retired NFL running back Chad Johnson along with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Darius Slay and Tennessee Titans’ Desmond King. 4 Brothers DAming has a paiDAof Las Vegas Raiders players onboardDA Maxx CrosbyGlitchosh JacobsDA while Glitxh DAming includes fouDANFL athletes: Sidney Jones IVDA Preston WilliamsDA Rashard HigginsDA and Avonte Maddox.
Interested players can sign up ahead of the draft to be considered foDAthe leagueDA and can earn prizes as well as game time with athletes and celebrities. The UGL will also host a ‘Pros vs. Joes: Call of Duty DeathmatDA presented by HyperX’ tournament with 16 NFL players and community members on DecembeDA15th.
Esports InsideDAsays: We’ve seen a lot of athletes starting and/oDAinvesting in esportsinterestedlyDA but the UGL is interesting in the way that it’s a larger-scaleDA multi-team effort – even if it’s not an official NFL initiative. StillDA these players have big followings that they can try to parlay into esports.