David Beckham Now Co-Owns an Esports Team

By Alistair Jones on at

David Beckham, former England, Manchester United, and Real Madrid football player, has invested in an esports team. Guild Esports, based in London, announced its existence early this morning, and already has some big names behind it.

Those names don't include any players, but as well as Becks, there's Carleton Curtis, who was guided the strategy behind Activision-Blizzard's Call of Duty and Overwatch Leagues. Guild's current plan, however, is to compete in Rocket League, Fortnite, and, of course, FIFA.

Beckham has used his icon status to invest in plenty of different businesses since retiring, but his sports experience is a key part of his involvement in Guild, which apparently "offers a powerful opportunity to introduce his level of professional sports acumen to the world of esports and further strengthen this evolving sport." Beckham isn't the first big name in football to dip their toe into esports - Gareth Bale beat him to the punch by several months.