Noah Whinston is a former Northwestern University student who dropped out of college in order to pursue and develop the E-sports industry. He is now the owner of Immortals, the first e-sports franchise funded by venture capital and angel investment. From his unique perspective in E-sports, Noah sheds light on the issue of labor rights in the rapidly growing industry.
Noah is a former Northwestern University student who dropped out of college in order to pursue and develop the e-sports industry. After having the chance to pitch his idea to a group of investors, his team, Immortals, LCC, is the first e-sports franchise funded by venture capital and angel investment. Investors to his team include Steve Kaplan — a co-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies — and alternative-rock band Linkin Park. Previously, Noah founded MTG Card Market, an ecommerce site for Magic: The Gathering, managed a competitive Magic Team, and sponsored live streams of players. Immortals currently have a League of Legends competitive team, and they finished 1st place in the League of Legends Championship Series and 3rd place in the playoffs.
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