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Competitive Gaming Agency Versus Sports Buys TTG ESports, Gains "Madden" Players

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 09 / 17

Esports agency Versus Sports has acquired TTG eSports, a year-old agency specializing in representing players in EA Sports’ Madden title. TTG Founder & Owner Sam Abouhasira will join Versus as VP/Team Operations, said Versus Founder & CEO Manny Anekal. “Sam’s focus on Madde...

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