ReKTGlobal, parent company of Rogue, has announced that Michael “ODEE” O’Dell has joined the global esports organisation as Chief Gaming Officer (CGO). O’Dell founded Dignitas in 2003 and grew the organisation into one of esports’ most recognisable brands. In his new role as CGO of ReKTGlobal, O’Dell will work across ReKTGlobal, its Riot Games League of Legends European Championship franchise in Berlin and subsidiaries Rogue and Greenlit Content, developing strategy, forging client partnerships and brand sponsorships, and working with the organisational heads to add value globally.
“ODEE truly is the esports OG and one of the most important people in esports today, so when he became available, we jumped at the opportunity to add him to the team,” said Amish Shah, co-founder of ReKTGlobal. “His tremendous positive impact on esports is undeniable, and we’re pumped for him to bring his 20 plus years’ of experience in building the industry to ReKTGlobal and Rogue.”
“Michael is representative of the type of crossover talent with whom we are building ReKTGlobal.,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “As comfortable talking game play strategy as he is consulting for brands and corporations, ODEE’s wealth of industry experience instantly makes him a centerpiece of ReKTGlobal and Rogue’s global expansion.”
“I am extremely excited to join ReKTGlobal.,” commented O’Dell. “The vision they have is exactly what I was looking for as I continue to help build esports and more. Amish and Dave have put something special together that is evolving fast and I cannot wait to help with various aspects of the business.,” he continued. “For me it was the perfect fit, as the company has big plans and a global perspective. I am absolutely buzzing I cannot wait to get to work with such an inspiring group of people.”
In addition to raising $10.8 million in Series A funding in 2019 on behalf of Rogue’s global expansion and entry into the League of Legends Europe Championship (LEC), ReKTGlobal also welcomed 18 esports players into the second semester of its Junior Rogue professional gaming accelerator program that provides amateur Fortnite players with opportunities to succeed in esports, and worked with State Farm to announce its first ever endorsement of an esports athlete, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, a top Twitch streamer and the captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team.