Marcin Gortat, the polish ex-NBA player has invested in a young competition from his natal country, the Polska Liga Esportowa (Polish League of Esports). Gortat had a career in the NBA from 2002 to 2019, sporting the numbers 13 and 4. His most noticeable teams in the NBA were the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Wizards, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
I was not considered to be related with Esport, but for a long time my thoughts circled around that subject. Years ago I had classes at NBA about Esport, so I was familiar with that subject. Now is the moment that we won’t stop kids from playing, but what we can do is to educate them. We need to adapt.
He also went on to explain how he already has five sports schools in different cities and that he hopes to include Esports classes, recognizing the ever-growing impact that Esports are having in day to day life, particularly during the pandemic time.
In regards to the Polska Liga Esportowa, according to their official website, it has had four seasons and 965 hours of professional transmission. The league has also recently launched a joint-stock company “Polska Lika Esportowa S.A.”, in an apparent effort to consolidate the league as a major Esports name.
By investing in this Esports league, Gortat is joining a not so short list of other top-tier athletes that have also invested in Esports recently, like Michael Jordan and Steph Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kevin Durant, just as far as NBA players go. In that list, we can also find non-NBA athletes such as Steve Young (NFL) and Mike Tyson (Boxing).