Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, also known as the Kroenke Group or KSE, will take over operations of its esports franchises: the Overwatch League team Los Angeles Gladiators and their LA-based Call of Duty squad. This is a result of the Kroenke Group parting ways with Sentiles, the company that has been managing and operating the LA Gladiators franchise until now, ESPN reports.
KSE and Sentinels came into disagreement around the sale of the Echo Fox LCS slot. KSE were one of the front-runners to acquire the spot, but Sentinels CEO Rob Moore filed a lawsuit against KSE executive Josh Kroenke for not involving him in the slot purchase, as well as for Moore going out of pocket on many Los Angeles Gladiators expenses. As a result, Moor sought majority share of KSE Esports — Kroenke Group’s esports vertical.
With the lawsuit hanging, the deal for Echo Fox’s slot fell true. According to ESPN, the lawsuit between KSE and Sentinels has now been settled and the two parties will go their separate ways.
“We have raised a significant amount of capital, so we are looking to invest in the Sentinels brand and build the Sentinels brand in the games we’re in and expand into new games. That is going to be the focus,” Moore told ESPN, pointing out the recent successes the org has had, including winning the Fortnite World Cup Finals with Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.
ESPN further reports that former Echo Fox president and NBA player Jared Jeffries will potentially be heading the front office that is to manage the LA Gladiators and the Call of Duty franchise. Jeffries was relieved of his duties in Echo Fox after the org was removed from the LCS.