Misfits Gaming is a professional esports organisation based in the United Kingdom that currently has players competing in League of Legends, Overwatch, and Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate.
It began as a League of Legends team and was founded on 18 May 2016 by Syfy Channel founders Laurie Silvers and Mitch Rubenstein, with CEO Ben Spoont. Misfits’ League of Legends team competes in Europe’s top professional league, the LEC, which they qualified for in 2016 (when it was known as the EU LCS) and became a franchise partner of in 2019. In 2017 the team qualified for that year’s World Championship, where they made it to the knockout stage but lost 2–3 to SK Telecom T1 in the quarterfinals.
In November, 2019, it was announced that Misfits Gaming Group was launching a $10 million seed fund and incubator for gaming startups called MSF.IO. Misfits is joined by a group of advisors, including James Kuhn, president of real estate company Newmark Knight Frank; Rich Kracum, cofounder of private equity firm Wind Point Partners; and Nicola Piggott, cofounder of esports PR agency The Story Mob and former comms lead at Riot Games.1
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