WE ARE A MULTI-PROPERTY
Version1 is a multi-property esports organization headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota. We are proudly owned by Minnesota Vikings owners the Wilf family and entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuk. Our teams include Minnesota Røkkr in the Call of Duty League, Version1 in Rocket League and Version1 in VALORANT.
Everything we do is a test. We are creators, not creations. Victory isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.
WHO WE ARE
In addition to our teams, Version1 employs over 20 full-time staff across content, communications, partnerships, business development, operations and finance. We believe in the power of uniting people from different backgrounds to build the best organization we can.
THE PREMIER ESPORTS ORGANIZATION ON THE NORTH COAST
With a fanbase over 150,000* and counting, Version1 is a trusted authority on gaming and gamers, and seeks to lay the foundation for an even better esports industry in the future by setting new standards for quality, community and education.
*Based on social media followers as of December 2020
In 2020 MRI Simmons studies of Call of Duty and Rocket League fans, over 71% said they are more likely to purchase from a brand that sponsors esports, and over 69% said they wish there was more sponsorship in esports. We work with brands to create customized partnership integrations that reach these supportive and receptive fans in key demographics.
Esports communities are different. According to a 2019 study by NewZoo, while the esports market reaches 443.1 million people, 71% of them only follow one game. We offer our experience and expertise to organizations looking to enter this nuanced and high-potential space. Our consulting services range from education and immersion programs to bespoke strategic guidance at the executive level.
Our 11,000 square foot headquarters and training facility is located on the Viking Lakes Campus in Eagan, Minnesota, adjacent to the Minnesota Vikings’ TCO Performance Center. Opened in January 2020, our HQ features a practice (scrim) room, review theater, players’ lounge, several content capture and streaming areas, an open kitchen and event space and two sleep pods for the truly committed.
We look forward to welcoming our community to the facility when it is safe to do so. More information on events, visiting hours and the lobby store will be shared as available.
“When it is safe to bring people together, this facility will be a hub of activity not only for our players and staff, but for the local esports community as well.”
-BRETT DIAMOND, COO
JOIN THE SQUAD
We are a family-owned business and we do our best to act like it. Version1’s values of improvement, inclusion and imagination are a daily practice for our players and staff.
Maybe you’re a gamer. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you’ve seen this industry booming and want to learn more about it. Start your esports career with us.
HOW TO GO PRO
Are you the best of the best? Becoming a professional esports player is not just a fantasy. It takes hard work, a lot of grinding and a ton of innate talent — and the ability to demonstrate that talent under pressure. Interested?