GameSquare Esports Inc. (CSE: GSQ; FRA: 29Q1), an international gaming and esports company, on June 30 announced it has acquired Complexity Gaming, one of America’s premier and longest-standing esports organizations, for $27 million in an all-stock transaction to join GameSquare’s portfolio of esports and gaming organizations, which includes Code Red Esports Ltd., and GCN, Inc. (Gaming Community Network) as well as minority ownership of esports teams Rainbow7 and LGD.REC.
Complexity, based in Frisco, was acquired by investors including the Jerry Jones Family and Fort Worth investor John Goff in 2017.
Complexity CEO Jason Lake will continue to lead the organization and will also become the Global Head of Esports for GameSquare. The combined entity will set its sights on building a global esports powerhouse. With access to GameSquare’s content creation, sales, marketing, and branding expertise, Complexity will be able to expand the franchise’s international footprint. Complexity will continue to operate at their state-of-the-art headquarters in Frisco, with an increased investment in key growth areas of esports competition, gaming content creation, and first-party gaming events.
Complexity’s current ownership group will increase their stake in esports and will become major shareholders of GameSquare Esports. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and investor John Goff will lead GameSquare’s current raise of $17 million in Canadian dollars. Tom Walker, the CFO of the Dallas Cowboys, and Travis Goff, President of Goff Capital and member of the Complexity Board, will both join the GameSquare Board of Directors. In addition, GameSquare has entered into a multi-year esports and gaming partnership to become the agency of record for the Dallas Cowboys
“Professional gaming has grown at an incredible pace in the three and a half years since our group acquired Complexity Gaming,” said Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, in a statement. “I am confident that the partnership with GameSquare will fast track revenue growth at Complexity while staying true to the team’s commitment to winning. We’re investing in Justin’s experience in esports, his financial background, and the bench strength of the team he leads to build GameSquare into the most successful esports organization in the world.”
The acquisition of Complexity continues the momentum for GameSquare who have steadily been expanding its esports business including the addition of Code Red, the acquisition of Reciprocity with its media sales and branded content pipeline at GCN, Inc., the producers of the largest collegiate esports tournaments series in the US combining 10 NCAA conferences (110+ schools) to find the best esports teams across different gaming titles, and the hiring of several key C-level staff to manage growth and drive the business.