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Jeff Vinik invests in Los Angeles esports company aXiomatic

Jeff Vinik is investing in esports company aXiomatic, the company announced Thursday. | Dirk Shadd, Times
Jeff Vinik is investing in esports company aXiomatic, the company announced Thursday. | Dirk Shadd, Times
Published Jun. 8, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has been investing in real estate, development and startups lately. Now he's back to investing in sports — esports that is. aXiomatic, a Los Angeles-based gaming and esports company, announced Vinik as an investor and co-chair Thursday.

"I've watched the growth of the esports industry for a number of years and the opportunity to become involved with the impressive group already assembled at aXiomatic is the ideal way for me to make an impact," Vinik said in a release. He did not quantify his investment.

aXiomatic was founded in September 2016 and is a majority owner of Team Liquid, a Los Angeles-based esports franchise. It is chaired by Vinik, Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Monumental Sports & Entertainment founder Ted Leonsis.

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