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Vikings ownership to launch ESports franchise

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Zygi Wilf’s son will be the lead for the franchise

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If you’re a gamer like I am, I’m sure that at some point while you were growing up, your parents were quite happy to remind you that you were never going to get a job playing video games. Boy, were they wrong.

Competitive gaming is now a pretty huge business, and it appears that the Minnesota Vikings’ ownership group wants in on the action.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Wilf family has announced that they are launching an ESports franchise that will be taking part in a Call of Duty league. The league is expected to kick off in 2020, with franchises already having been announced in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto.

The league is run by Activision, the creators of the Call of Duty franchise, and the franchise fee is apparently $25 million. The team will be run by Brett Diamond, the son of former Vikings’ GM Jeff Diamond, and Zygi Wilf’s son, Jonathan, will be the team’s president.

Frankly, it’s been a long time since I’ve fired up a Call of Duty game, but it’s decent enough for what it is. Several games, such as League of Legends and Overwatch (and others) have carved out a pretty solid niche in the ESports world, and some of the events have gotten to be pretty huge with significant prize money being given out.

See, mom, I should have spent more time playing video games after all.