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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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WME-IMG Makes Foray Into Gaming With Acquisition Of Global eSports Management

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 21 / 15

WME-IMG has acquired Global eSports Management, an int'l full-service eSports talent agency that manages clients across the pro gaming industry. WME-IMG will now represent eSports players who compete at the highest levels globally. GEM was founded in '13 and reps some of the biggest personalities i...

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Tags: Finance, William Morris Endeavor, IMG

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