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Team Rogue Kicks Off Second Semester Of ‘Junior Rogue’ In March

Team Rogue, in partnership with Find Your Grind (FYG) and backed by ReKTGlobal, are kicking off the second semester of Junior Rogue on March 4, 2019. Earlier tonight, DrLupo formally announced the 18 selected players on his Twitch stream.

DrLupo will also serve as a mentor to the amateur players, providing hands-on seminars on how to become a better and more engaging streamer.  

Here is the official press release:

Team Rogue, in partnership with Find Your Grind (FYG) and backed by ReKTGlobal, today announces the 18-member team roster for Junior Rogue’s spring 2019 session. Junior Rogue is a semester-long professional gaming accelerator program that provides amateur Fortnite players with opportunities to succeed in esports. In addition to providing access to esports experts and resources unique to the Junior Rogue program, students will also receive a $500-scholarship and hands-on opportunities to learn from Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team and the first individual professional esports athlete to be sponsored by State Farm.

Junior Rogue accepted only 2 percent of applicants for the spring 2019 semester, kicking off March 4, 2019. The hand-selected roster members, all under the age of seventeen, include hyper-competitive and streaming-focused players, and gamers who aren’t afraid to disrupt the status quo and produce creative, engaging content. Some of the players were also recently recognized by “Rogue Nation,” Team Rogue’s auxiliary group and fan club. The 18 selected Fortnite PC players include: AJO, Orange, TeeJayFN, Bweis, Faint, Fluctra, Skippy_, SloGro, PumpShottyRush, Megga., ottobite, Upsilon, TeKae, t_mmy, Doised, Conjurings, Snowy, and nusui.

“In building upon the success of the first semester of Junior Rogue, we look forward to expanding our relationships with both Team Rogue and ReKTGlobal, while continuing to make esports accessible for a remarkable group of extremely talented amateur gamers,” said Nick Gross, founder of Find Your Grind.

Junior Rogue players will receive several unique benefits in addition to mentorship opportunities such as formal recognition by the Rogue organization, streaming and graphical assets for their social media and streaming channels, promotion on social media, access to select Find Your Grind events, and exclusive Junior Rogue merchandise. They will attend weekly online seminars focused on the variety of careers available in the esports industry. Other activities include game nights, resume building and streamed online tournaments that will allow participants to showcase their improvements to the world.

“The Junior Rogue program is structured like basketball camp for the next generation of esports stars who love Fortnite,” said Amish Shah, founder of ReKTGlobal and co- owner of Team Rogue. “We are excited to kick off the new semester and improve upon the success of the previous semester by providing some of the best players in the nation with unforgettable mentorship and scholarship opportunities that allow them to further pursue their passions for esports and gaming.”

Fortnite has become an excellent teaching tool, as well as a level playing field for gamers of all backgrounds. With DrLupo serving as a mentor to the Junior Rogue players and providing seminars on how to become a better and more engaging streamer, one of the primary initiatives of the upcoming semester consists of encouraging individuality and providing one-on-one support between mentors and Junior Rogue players to best align with their skillsets and ambitions.

“I’m so excited for the next wave of players to join Junior Rogue. I know they’ll learn so much and I can’t wait to have my time with them too!” said Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo.

To join Junior Rogue, applicants must be under the age of 18 prior to initial application, must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian, must submit a complete application

For more information, please visit https://findyourgrind.com/scholarships/juniorrogue.

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Top Fortnite streamer DrLupo endorsed as first esports athlete of leading brand, State Farm

State Farm has announced their first ever sponsorship of an individual professional esports athlete, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, a top Twitch streamer and captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team.

One of the best and most followed Fortnite players in the world, DrLupo has 2.9 million followers on Twitch and 7 million followers across all social platforms. The Nebraska native is known for his engaging, candid streams, in which his wife and three-year-old son make frequent cameos. He has harnessed his massive influence in the gaming community to support charitable causes, and in 2018 raised $1.3 million for St. Jude’s Research Hospital by partaking in various live streaming efforts throughout the year. DrLupo also broke several fundraising records for St. Jude PLAY LIVE, a program that allows creators to stream video games while raising money for the hospital.

“DrLupo is one of the world’s most followed Fortnite streamers,” said Ed Gold, Marketing Director, State Farm. “His philanthropic efforts and massive fanbase make him an ideal partner as we continue to amplify our esports programming and efforts with the gaming community.”

In 2018, State Farm, the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance company, named Rogue parent company ReKTGlobal its agency of record for esports. State Farm then became the first non-endemic sponsor in North America of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), the first NBA partner to sign a separate deal to sponsor the NBA 2K League, and a major sponsorship of the Rocket League Championship Series.

The State Farm deal with DrLupo marks the company’s first endorsement of a professional esports athlete. Terms of the sponsorship include State Farm support of DrLupo’s livestreams through branded replays, live in-stream stunts and product integrations, event-based remote streams, sponsored giveaways, and social content.
“Being given the opportunity to work with State Farm is, without a doubt, huge,” DrLupo said. “I couldn’t imagine a better company to work with, and I’m excited to see what we can do together in the future.”

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